Brian "Excel Beats" Whittaker is a highly accomplished professional music producer with an impressive track record in the industry. He gained early recognition for his exceptional work on Bone Thugs N Harmony's eighth studio album, "Uni5: The World's Enemy," which went on to win a Grammy Award. Excel's production skills shone through on the album's lead single, "See Me Shine," which reached an impressive #10 on the Billboard US Rap Songs Chart. Continuing his success, "Uni5" achieved remarkable chart positions, peaking at #3 on the Billboard US Top Rap Albums Chart and #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. These achievements solidified Excel's reputation as a gifted producer within the music industry.
However, Excel's talents extend far beyond producing. He has made notable contributions to the world of television and film as a sought-after composer and through sync licensing. His work in these areas has been instrumental in enhancing the audiovisual experiences of major projects.
Excel's musical lineage is rich, as he hails from a family deeply rooted in the industry. His father, Woody Whittaker, was a respected songwriter and member of the band Taxie, while his uncle, "Lon Fontaine," earned recognition as one of America's premier choreographers in the 1980s. Fontaine's notable collaborations with The Temptations, including his design of their iconic microphone stand, showcased his creative genius. Additionally, Excel's uncles Armstead and Norman made their mark as touring percussionists, playing alongside the legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
With an impressive career spanning over 15 years, Brian has embarked on a new venture as the Co-Founder of Eclipse Distro. This platform aims to empower independent artists by providing them with invaluable education, guidance, and clarity in the ever-evolving and multifaceted music industry. Excel's diverse expertise and unwavering commitment to supporting emerging talent make him an influential figure in the industry's ongoing evolution.