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Brian Manuel LeBarton (born July 11, 1979) is a keyboardist, composer, and electronic musician from Los Angeles, California.Read More...
Brian LeBarton is the keyboardist and musical director for Beck. He joined the band in 2004 for Beck's Guero tour and has toured and played on every release since, including The Information album/tour of 2006 and the Modern Guilt album/tour of 2008–9.
He played guitar, keyboards, and drum programming and sang background vocals on Beck's Grammy-nominated 2007 single "Timebomb" and worked with Beck on the soundtrack and score for the film Nacho Libre, starring Jack Black, and also on the soundtrack for the 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He also contributed extra percussion and drum programming for Beck's remix of Dr. Dog's "The Girl".
LeBarton played drums, bass, harmonica, and piano on Beck's cover of Bob Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" for the War Child: Heroes charity album, which also features contributions from The Kooks, Rufus Wainwright, Franz Ferdinand, and TV on the Radio.
LeBarton is also a founding member of the Record Club, a new project launched for Beck's official website.
Side projects and other
LeBarton played Hammond organ in the band Slydell for several years. Other members of Slydell have since gone on to play in the bands Great Northern, Everest, and The Watson Twins.
One of his earliest tours was with Nikka Costa, opening for Prince on his Musicology tour. Following this he went into the studio with Costa and played organ, Rhodes, and synth on her album Can'tneverdidnothin'.
LeBarton toured with Sia in 2007 and 2008. in support of her successful album Some People Have Real Problems.
He contributed programming for Propellerheads' "Abbey Road Keyboards" and "Electric Bass" libraries. The famous instruments of Abbey Road Studios were hyper-sampled using the studio's vintage mic and gear collection for use in the popular Reason software.
Under the alias Stallion, LeBarton is the singer for the rock band Wounded Cougar. They opened two shows on Beck's 2006 American tour and played on Tom Green's online show.
He played clavinet on Jamie Lidell's 2008 album JIM, produced by Justin Stanley. He also played keys on the alternate versions of "Little Bit of Feelgood" and "Figured Me Out".
Justin Meldal-Johnsen brought LeBarton in to play keyboards on the 1980s themed score and soundtrack for the upcoming film The Informers, written by Bret Easton Ellis.
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