In the world of urban music production, there is very little that Christian Salyer has not yet done. He has worked with Brandy, Tyrese, Justin Timberlake, Maya, Mario, Howard Hewett (Shalamar), FourPlay, Back Street Boys and many other hugely successful recording artists.
He has also composed music for a whopping 700 TV shows including:Access Hollywood, Bones, Chappelle Show, CSI, Dancing With The Stars, Desperate Housewives, Friday Night Lights, Gossip Girl, Joan Of Arcadia, Malcolm In The Middle, Medium, So You Think You Can Dance, The Shield, The Simpsons, Tonight Show, Top Model, Ugly Betty, The Office, 30 Rock, Melrose Place and X Games , just to name a few.
And if that’s not enough, he has also scored more than a dozen video games, composed jingles and handled production and engineering for hit recording artists including Luther Vandross and others.
Most recently, adding to the urban mix of the Beat Bites catalog, Christian has created, for the first time, an amazing new series of vocal CDs called Song Bites.
Tell us about the artists you worked with on Song Bites?
There is a great variety on Song Bites. The first CD is Rap, the second is Rap with some singing hooks and the third is R&B/Pop . I work with extremely talented artists. Most of my team has produced records with major artists. Right now, one of the singers is on tour with Alicia Keyes. Many of the artists I work with are as talented as the recording artists that they tour with.
Right now, one of the singers is Grammy nominated recording artist Marc Nelson of the male R&B vocal group Az Yet. Some of our artists have sung on Tour or on Records with major recording artist like: Baby Face, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton and Beyoncé to name a few.
What makes your work unique?
I make records, I don’t make production music. I’m not a film composer making some hip-hop. I make music that is record quality and good enough to be recorded by major artists.
Who were some of your inspirations?
There are so many – some of the big ones are Michael Jackson, Prince and New Edition.
How did you get started in the business?
Seventeen years ago, I worked at a music store in Arizona. A composer hired me to create some hip-hop sample kits. I told him I also do Hip-Hop, R&B, and Dance songwriting and production. A few months later I got a call from one of the people he worked for in L.A.. They needed Rap Songs the next day for a Disney TV show but it needed to have legitimate street rappers, without curse words. I spent all night in the studio with some of my people, making a few songs. I finished the mixes at 6:00 in the morning, drove to the airport, and he had the music by noon! This made such an impression on him, he hired me to do my first music library CD!
This post originally appeared on 10/26/2010.