Reader Spotlight: Bryan Boyhan

Bryan BoyhanMeet Bryan Boyhan, our bass player in the spotlight for March 9, 2010.


I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA where I started first playing piano and taking theory lessons at about age 9. I listened to whatever records or CD’s we had around everything from the Beatles to Creedance. I have been living in Orlando since 2002 and started playing bass in 2003. After a few years of playing in various garage bands I found some guys (now my band mates) that had amazing talent and drive. Now 4 years later we have an EP (Let the Light In – 2008) with another in the works, shows lined up, and goals to be reached. This is an exciting time!


Orlando / Florida / United States

Day gig:

I’m currently an undergraduate student at UCF. When I’m not there, I’m at band practice.

Years experience:

6 years give or take

Bands & Gigs:

My band is Sound Cannon. We formed from the ashes of a 2006 project with myself, my guitar player and drummer. We juggled around with singers for a while until 2008 when we could solidify our lineup. We recorded our EP, Let the Light In with producer James Paul Wisner (Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, Underoath). We played many shows around Florida most notably our March 13, 2009 show at Orlando’s Backbooth with There For Tomorrow and Senate. Our singer passed away after the show that night. After about 7 months we got a new singer, a new start, and new mindset. We’re currently recording a new EP before we get started on our full length. Check the Myspace (soon to be re designed) and stay updated.


From top to bottom:

  • Monster Power Conditioner
  • Korg Tuner
  • Aphex Aural Exciter
  • Gallien Krueger 1001RB (Bi-Amped)
  • GK RBH 4×10
  • GK RBH 1×15

Why I play the bass:

My classmates had a band in eighth grade and needed a bass player so they could play at the school talent show. My friend from the band asked me to join and I got a bass in a box the next week.

My bass superpower/claim to fame

My guitar player and I are always pushing each other and ourselves to get better. Not just shred stuff. Being well rounded as a player is extremely important. We’re not just trying to get good at one style or technique. We’re all about progression and try to always keep things interesting. Songwriting is the most fun, it gives you a place to put your emotion and technical ability into the same plane.

My influences

Since day one I can’t deny being a huge Flea fan. As far as bass players go I guess I’ll say some names: Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Dan Briggs, Juan Alderete, Charles Mingus, Troy Sanders, Norwood Fisher, Chuck Fay, Ray Brown, and a bunch of others I can’t think of. As far as bands gO (currently): Animals as Leaders, Born of Osiris, The Faceless, Between the Buried and Me

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