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Arlan Schierbaum is an American keyboardist from Los Angeles, California.

Arlan started playing organ on his own at the tender age of three, began formal lessons at age four, and by the time he was five years old was playing regularly at the local church in his South East Los Angeles neighborhood. In his early teens Arlan discovered the joy of playing acoustic and electric pianos, as well as synthesizers, and quickly became a busy musician playing in numerous bands in the Mojave Desert of Southern California.

After high school Arlan's love for music education continued with college classes in music theory, voice, concert band, music synthesis, and recording engineering. During his collegiate years he became familiar with the Los Angeles music scene, and moved to the San Fernando Valley in the early 90's to continue his career. In L.A. Arlan played, performed, and recorded with many of the world's best and acclaimed musicians while developing skills in all styles of popular music including: Ambient, Blues, Country, Experimental Music, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rhythm and Blues, and World Music. After more than 25 years in the L.A. music scene Arlan has gained the respect and friendship of many musicians and industry professionals and traveled the world many times over. His commitment to vintage keyboards and real instruments has earned him gigs with artists such as Mindi Abair, Joe Bonamasa, Billy Burke, Goldspot, Beth Hart, John Hiatt, Richie Kotzen, Janiva Magness, Mandrill, the Pointer Sisters, Daniel Powter, Tiromachino, and countless others.

Arlans’ personal collection over the years includes Hammond organs with Leslie speakers, Mellotrons and Chamberlin (tape loop keyboards), Rhodes, Wurlitzer, and Yamaha electric pianos, Hohner Clavinets & Pianets, Musser vibraphones, synthesizers made by Arp, Moog, Roland, Selmer, and Yamaha, combo organs by Farfisa, Elka, Rheme, Lowery, and Vox, amplifiers by Fender, Laney, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, and Vox, and a multitude of effects units some of which by Boss, DOD, Dunlop, Electrix, Electro Harmonix, Fullton, Guyatone, Joe Kramer, Lexicon, Line 6, Maxxon, Moog, Morley, Mutron, MXR, TC Electronics, Sobat, Way Huge, and many others. This collection of music tools has been serviced, maintained and modified by numerous technicians including Ken Rich, Eden Bloch, Guy Dolfi, Bob Dixon, Richard Diemer, Dave Gallow, Joe Kramer, Gene Stopp, and Jim Williams. With his extensive knowledge of music, instruments, and effects Arlans’ creative skills and abilities have become sought after by many established music producers and recording artists.

Arlan co-produced the vintage keyboards with Douglas Morton and Jim Norman for Guitar Center's Williams Digital Pianos and The California Keys sample library collection.