Not many people dare to abandon all safety and stability to pursue their passion. That is not the case for Brien Allen, who left a promising career in petroleum engineering to become a professional guitar player. Today the artist wouldn’t trade anything in the world for the life he lives.
An all-around musician, Brien can create beautiful tunes in various genres, including rock, metal, Latin, EDM, and even pop music. Consequently, he has become a highly-coveted guitar player who has commitments with three different bands, all with upcoming albums and a promising path into the halls of music greatness.
Brien Allen’s journey started in college when he began studying to become a petroleum engineer back in 2010 at the University of Texas. His father was a scientist, and his mother a musician. Almost all his life, he felt torn between the two. The more traditional path would prevail at first as Brien would build a career that would provide a comfortable life.
But in the middle of his program, the artist couldn’t help but notice the error in his judgment. “I was sorely mistaken, but I’m extremely grateful for the journey, as wild as it has been,” shares Brien. “Despite loving science, I was beginning to realize that music was my most authentic calling, especially after watching many men and women suffer so much later in life from a lack of authenticity.”
After completing his degree, Brien Allen would do the unthinkable and take a sharp U-turn, jumping instead into music full-time. He joined a band and started touring and playing shows. However, the artist would soon realize that he would fall into a hamster wheel, stuck in a place without any progress. After thousands of dollars in investment and countless hours of beating around the proverbial bush, Brien decided to start over and, this time, avoid making the same mistakes. “I felt right then that my dreams were slipping away,” explains the guitarist. “So I knew I had to rebrand and withdraw and start again. Years later, I’m in the best bands I could have ever asked for.”
Today, Brien plays for three separate bands that have shown extreme promise, namely Altermind, Al Cielo, and Bridges Ablaze. The last two project bands are part of a mentorship program with music legend Charlie Walk called Music Mastery. Altermind and Al Cielo are also currently working on releasing albums in 2021.
On top of playing for three highly successful bands, Brien Allen has also worked on various projects, including playing guitar for some hard-hitting EDM songs, which will again be coming out very soon. He also has a hand in more niche upcoming metal projects – Arborenna and Perpetual Horizon.
What sets Brien apart as a musician is his extreme versatility in playing style and genre. He can masterfully mesh his guitar riffs into any category of music and blend in well. Brien also provides vocals on various occasions, adding more layers and flavor to any song. On top of a thriving music career, Brien is also set to star in an independent film in 2021. With all his creative endeavors, Brien can only be grateful that he took the leap of faith and pursue what his heart yearned for. Today, he hopes to continue progressing in music, releasing albums, touring the world, and even winning a few awards in the process.