Outside of The Gang, he works as a freelance record producer, audio engineer, and musician.
Early History EditBrian Mark Peters was born on March 7, 1984 in Chicago, IL. He was raised in the town of Riverside until 1987, when his family moved to the northwest suburb of Barrington, where he currently resides. He attended kindergarten at St. Anne's Catholic school and was asked to not return the following year, due to behavioral problems and disinterest in the curriculum. He was then homeschooled (as were his two younger siblings) for the next seven years. After finding a violin at a garage sale for $10 at the age of 12, he began to fiddle around with music as a dilettante for a year before seeking private lessons through established violin and viola governess, Henrietta Neeley. Like most 13 year-old boys, Brian wanted to get an electric guitar so that 12-14 year-old girls would be interested in him, so he did. To this day, he remains self taught on every instrument except violin, of which he discontinued formal study in 1999. Through academic correspondence programs while homeschooled, he was slated to graduate high school at 14, but decided he was in no hurry to go to college and returned instead to public school in October of what would become his 8th grade year in the Barrington Public School District 220. In this year, Brian put together his first band, Wow and Flutter, which would go through many mutations and 39 member changes in the process of shifting into the subsequent incarnations, Red Frequency, Crimson Grounds, Run Away, Entelechy, and elbanimoba(2w). After graduating high school in 2002, Brian decided to postpone collegiate level education for a year while exploring career options.
In January of 2002, Brian bought a large amount of music production equipment and began building a recording studio in his basement. In February he began production on a project started simply to test the equipment out, an instrumental progressive rock album made (with Chris Stiles of the band Vampire For Hire) called Media-Flux that would be released under the band name Temporal Marking. A few months before graduation, Brian was presented with a connection that gave him an opportunity to study guitar with the guitarist of his favorite band in high school, John Moulder of The Paul Wertico Trio. When the Temporal Marking album was completed in late 2002, he gave a copy of it to John to show him what he had been working on. Unbeknownst to Brian, John showed the record to bandleader, drummer, and 7 time Grammy Award winner, Paul Wertico. Paul then invited Brian to work as an unpaid intern helping to engineer his next record. Intern turned to paid assistant engineer, to main engineer, to the only engineer, to playing guitar, bass, and violin on the record, to co-producer of the record, and finally being asked to join as the bassist of the Paul Wertico Trio in 2004. Since then, Brian has produced many records with John Moulder and Paul Wertico, and has worked on nearly 50 records since 2000. He currently works as a freelance record producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist.
You can find out more about Brian Peters at his website, www.brianpeters.net
Association With Tyler VenturaEdit
Although music (which Brian in middle school had sought to attract interest from the opposite sex) had now become the main factor in his total disinterest in girls, one especially good thing did come from dating in 2003: meeting one of his girlfriend's friends, Gang member Tyler Ventura. Tyler and Brian kept in contact over the next few years, at first meeting occasionally to see a movie, but visiting much more frequently by the winter of 2005-2006, mainly to play videogames.
According to the documentary found on DS6 about Lunar Apocalypse Studios, an alternate possible history is presented to us.
Narrator: "In the summer of 1978, at one of Freddie Mercury's legendary parties, Tyler befriended an upstart musicologist named Brian Peters. Because of their assigned adjacent seating at the table, and their passion for burritos, the pair quickly became close friends. But it wasn't until the summer of 2006 that the pair actually decided to work on a project together."
Fans have concluded that this version of history is possibly less plausible than the first because:
- A. Brian was not born until 1984 and Tyler was not born until 1985.
- B. Freddie Mercury has not mentioned either of them in any interviews or press.
- C. Brian is hardly an "upstart" musicologist.
- D. While both Tyler and Brian share a passion for burritos, it is common knowledge that Freddie Mercury did not care for Mexican food, and most likely would never have served it at one of his parties.
Regardless of discrepancies within their earlier history, all accounts remain consistent in revisitation of events from 2006 onwards. (Unless you include a radical story Joey Bigio often retells, involving a "matzah ball castle" and three sequined red heifers.)
Brian remained largely unaware of Tyler's involvement in The Gang for a few years simply because Tyler never brought it up, even after they began to hang out more regularly to play videogames. Searching amateur lightsaber fights on YouTube one evening, Brian ran across one that particularly stood out because of its sheer stupidity/awesomeness. After a few clicks, he discovered it was the Gang Wars lightsaber battle. While watching the "About The Gang" montage introduction video, he suddenly discovered a familiar name and face. Quite surprised to see his friend Tyler was an internet celebrity, he watched all of the videos posted online to find more answers, but only found endless questions. Who were these people? How could they get away with such incredible nonsense? Why did their website refresh with a different counter each time?
In the following few days, Brian purchased every movie in the Gang collection off of Tyler and they began talking about their newfound affinity for production. Eventually, the two came up with an idea for their own show, which was given a working title of "It's a Date."
"It's a Date"Edit
While Tyler and Brian's "It's a Date" project has multiple hundreds of manhours invested into it, it is currently on hold as both are too busy at the moment to restart production.
Involvement with The GangEditIn September of 2006, Tyler would ask Brian to be interviewed for the Lunar Apocalypse documentary. In November of 2006, Brian would submit an audition tape for Gang Idol as Byron Udel of the fictional underground lampoon band, Grand Theft Marmot.
In February of 2007, Mike Paprocki would approach Brian on AIM to commission a single song for their upcoming project, roughly based on the song Brian improvised for his Gang Idol audition as Byron Udel. Shortly thereafter, the single song turned into 3 songs and then turned into scoring the entire movie.
Brian spent all of April of 2007 writing, recording, and mixing the score to Viral Video. He also appeared on set for over half of the shooting days as the boom mic operator and to get free breakfasts from Tyler's mom. The liner notes for this soundtrack can be found at www.brianpeters.net
While on set, Brian was also asked to make a composer cameo as the lieutenant who talks to Rex.
Brian was formally announced as a member of The Gang on the day Viral Video (and the soundtrack) were released.
Jakes Mulrenin asked Brian Peters at the Viral Video premiere if he could score his production company's (Rebel Entertainment) new movie, Freedom Fighters II. Brian said he would think about it and returned to Jakes at Gang Fest '07 with the response that he would score it if the score could consist of solo improvised pennywhistle. Jakes said he would think about it, but in the end, he just had Mike use his usual assortment of music.
After making close to $600,000 in proceeds from Viral Video, The Gang decided to invest it equally into each aspect of production for their next project, The Final Jerkoff. Due to a clerical error, the entire amount was delivered to Brian, who had already contracted the Detroit Metropolitan Philharmonic to do the score by the time the error was discovered. In addition to creating the music for the movie, he also participated in multiple brainstorming chatroom sessions with Tyler Ventura and Mike Paprocki to piece together the movie's narrative. The liner notes for this sound track can also be found at www.brianpeters.net
Brian's next contribution to The Gang came in DS6 when he provided the music to their UIC Safety Video. He also appeared in the movie's final moments as he "awwwwwwwww'd" at his ruined deviled egg. He was last seen in "Oh, Video!" playing World of Warcraft without a shirt on, but rumor has it he is helping to compose a musical number for the movie's big finale.
Doin' Stuff 6: The Final CountdownEdit
- Byron Udel
The Final JerkoffEdit
- Elder #2 in Flashback
Oh, Video! Vol. 1Edit