Kent E. Birkle began working in the
Entertainment Industry as a youngster, performing as a Magician
for school events and birthday parties for children. He began
taking Banjo lesson at the age of 8 and studied the instrument
through high-school and college. Through high school and college
Kent performed in many bands, playing banjo, electric guitar,
and bass guitar. During college he worked with the audio/visual
department providing music production, recording & live sound
engineering and mixing for all the college functions, while he
studied music and business. Kent performed with the symphony orchestra
playing the upright bass, and with the jazz ensemble playing the
electric bass or vibes. He became the Technical Director of Dodd
Auditorium at his college for three years. The auditorium provided
a venue for touring acts, such as, Billy Idol, The Psychedelic
Furs, Big Country, Mink Deville, Atlantic Rhythm Section, The
Neville Brothers, and many more.
1985/86 Kent studied Audio Engineering and recording at Omega
Studios near Washington D.C. in Rockville, MD. Here is where
he learned how audio really worked and that the "Engineer"
gets to virtually play ALL the instruments, mold their sound
and manipulate their timbre or tone. In 86 Kent moved to New
Orleans, LA. He teamed up with Harold R. Brown (original founding
drummer of the band WAR) and opened a Studio called "Direct
Box Studios" which moved to another facility in 1990 and
became "The Firehouse".
During the last 10 years, Kent has
been working freelance for record labels, production companies,
and touring artists, in the studio and live venues.
Since 1992 Kent has been providing
computer digitized graphic design and artist promo & publicity
development for Elkrib Digital Media. His references are listed
throughout this website.