bryan master

bryan master


His skills were honed at some of NYC's top clubs. Now based in L.A., this singer-songwriter - a recently featured Billboard artist and a finalist in LA's Star 98.7fm 'Fan Favorite' contest - is recording his third record w/ producers who's credits include Liz Phair, Pete Yorn & the Wallflowers.



“Master is an exceptional live performer who reaches his audience with great music and human touch…comparable to Elliott Smith and Michael Stipe.”
- Music Connection Magazine

Bryan Master is an alternative-rock singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California.

Bryan is currently recording his third studio album, For People Like Us, in Los Angeles with producers Doc Dauer (Pete Yorn, Minnie Driver, Jukebox Junkies) and Evan Frankfort (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair, Rancid, the Wallflowers). The album will feature a collection of amazing guest musicians including renowned organist Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, Foo Fighters), Shaun Hague (Amos Lee, Hodges), Luke Adams (Pete Yorn, the Sheers), Jonny Polonsky, Nick Amoroso (Matt Nathanson), Joe Ayoub (Nikka Costa, Population Game) and Evan Frankfort. The album will be catapulted by tracks like 'Moments Like This' and 'The Breakdown' and is slated for a late 2008 release.

A long-time drummer-turned-frontman, Bryan’s songwriting is evidence that he enjoys crossing musical boundaries and eschewing rigid labels. He writes eclectic songs that evoke his musical heroes and influences, while aiming to move forward, staying ahead of the current musical curve. Ballad or heavy rock, acoustic or full band, Bryan defies classification. His haunting ballads might be likened to David Gray, Elliott Smith or Ryan Adams, but his upbeat rock numbers are reminiscent of Tom Petty, Pete Yorn and even Foo Fighters.

Bryan has played at some of New York's premiere venues, including The Cutting Room, Joe’s Pub and Mercury Lounge, as well as Hollywood giants including the Troubadour, Key Club and Viper Room. His songs have been featured by major-market radio stations, including Mix 94.7 in Austin, WXPN in Philadelphia and Star 98.7 in Los Angeles. He has also worked with and supported Grammy-winning artists and recorded with world-renowned musicians and producers. Bryan has independently released two albums featuring him on nearly every instrument - both available on iTunes.

In 2003, while living in New York City, he independently released his debut album, Lost At Sea, which featured friend and legendary bassist Phil Chen (the Doors, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Jackson Browne). This album introduced radio listeners to Bryan's music when album tracks 'Now or Never' received support from Philadelphia's WXPN and ‘All Else Fails’ was featured on Austin Top 40 station Mix 94.7fm.

In 2004, his sophomore effort, Incommunicado, was released. The album’s folk ballad, "Find the Words", made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition out of nearly 15,000 entries. 2004 was also highlighted with a month-long residency at the now-defunct New York staple Fez, a sold-out night at Philadelphia's World Cafe Live (as one of the venue's very first performers) and an in-studio performance/interview on Austin’s Mix 94.7fm.

After moving to Los Angeles in 2005, Bryan collaborated with fellow singer-songwriter Mike McCarthy (as Master McCarthy) on an unreleased album, produced by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Fiona Apple, My Morning Jacket) and additional production by legendary Journey frontman, Steve Perry. Through the guidance and help of their manager, the duo had the opportunity to work with such legendary session musicians as guitarist Waddy Wachtel, were represented by heavy-weight entertainment attorney Ken Hertz and were even in talks with major labels such as ATO Records (founded by Dave Matthews). Despite mild successes and a promising future, the two musicians amicably parted ways before the release of the album.

Bryan returned to his solo act in mid 2007 and assembled an amazing band of Los Angeles-based musicians. In late 2007 he went on a minor U.S.-tour along the West and East Coasts, kicked off by his debut at the Troubadour and a sold-out show at Hollywood's legendary Viper Room.

2008 was jumpstarted with Bryan as the year's first featured artist on's Billboard Underground series, an online video showcase of an unsigned, on-the-rise artist, where he performed his new 'Moments Like This Don’t Come Along for People Like Us'.

That song most recently earned him the title of 'Fan Favorite' in LA’s Star 98.7fm ‘Rock Star’ contest, competing for a recording contract - and a second brush - with ATO Records. One of more than 1,000 initial entries, Bryan advanced to the Top 5, performing as part of the contest finale at Hollywood’s Key Club.

Bryan is currently diving into the world of song placement and TV/Film soundtracks - his haunting 'Count to Ten' (Incommunicado) was recently featured in Season 2 of MySpaceTV's original series 'Roommates'. He spends most of his time traveling back and forth between New York City and Los Angeles writing, recording and performing at some of the top clubs on bo


For People Like Us - LP (2008 - forthcoming)
Incommunicado - EP (2004)
Lost at Sea - LP (2003)

*Commercial and NPR airplay in markets such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia (WXPN) and Austin (Mix 94.7)

Set List

example setlist: 45-50 mins.

Wake Up
The Tombstone
Paddle Out
Independence Day
The Breakdown
Moments Like This Don't Come Along for People Like Us
A Moral Revolution