Daniel Brummel, M.M. is an experienced composer, producer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator. In collaboration with award-winning composers Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay, he composes the music for the Lifetime network TV series American Princess from showrunners Jamie Denbo and Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds). In a performing and recording career spanning more than two decades, he has worked with many notable acts including Weezer, Nada Surf, Spain, Ozma, Sanglorians, Scott & Rivers, Gowns, Monstro, and The Elected. He serves as Dean & Chief Academic Officer at California College of Music.
Master of Music, Commercial Music Composition (CSULA, 2016)
Bachelor of Arts, Music Composition (UCLA, 2006)
Diploma, Music Composition (L.A. County High School for the Arts, 1999)
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Scoring to Picture (TV, Cinema, Video Games, Applications)
Composition Commissions (Orchestras, Choirs, Chamber Ensembles, etc.)
Daniel's primary performance instruments are bass, guitar, drums, keys, and voice. His playing, songwriting, and composing have been featured on releases by major and independent record labels including Universal, Republic, Sony BMG, V2, RedBull, Sub Pop, Kung Fu, Atmospheriques, Glitterhouse, and Southern. He has written hundreds of songs as well as major works for choir, orchestra, string quartet, wind quintet, harp trio, and various other ensembles. His music has been featured on television networks including MTV, Nickelodeon, and NBC, and in major motion pictures from Universal, Paramount Pictures, and Comedy Central.
Remote Tracking (Acoustic & Electric Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Drums & Percussion, Piano & Synths, Voice, etc.)
Production & Engineering (Bands, singer-songwriters, ensembles, etc.)
Mixing & Mastering
Daniel has worked closely alongside top industry producers, engineers, and mixers including Grammy-winners Neal H. Pogue (Outkast/TLC), Reggie Dozier, Shawn Everett (The Strokes/Weezer), and Darrell Thorp (Beck), as well as Chris Fudurich (Nada Surf/Jimmy Eat World), Gus Seyffert (Black Keys), Pete Lyman (Infrasonic), Matt Hyde (Porno For Pyros), Matt McClellan (Devil Wears Prada), and Bruce Witkin (The Blasters/Adam Ant).
As a music producer, Daniel seeks to clarify each artist’s intention and achieve their highest musical vision. Through accuracy and finesse in rhythm, melody, harmony, phrasing, lyrics, arrangement, and sonic character, Daniel’s productions achieve clear meaning and strong emotional impact. Daniel guides projects from their inception all the way to the finish line, starting with song structures and preproduction, through capture of powerful rhythm tracks, tight vocal arrangements, “ear candy” overdubs, and finally into clear, colorful mixes and delivery to a favored mastering engineer.
“What is fidelity, but truth to one’s intent?” — Don Buchla
Music Lessons (In person or online: Voice, Guitar/Ukelele, Bass, Drums, Piano, Songwriting/Composition, Theory)
Curriculum Development & Educational Administration (Institution building: Accreditation, State/Federal Compliance)
As a music educator, Daniel currently serves as the Dean & Chief Academic Officer at California College of Music where his book “Harmonia: A Workbook for Popular Music Theory” is the standard music theory text. Courses he has taught include music theory, composition, contemporary ensemble, improvisation, sight-reading, rhythm, and lyric writing. Daniel has also led community music events at diverse venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, and the Los Angeles Central Library. In March 2011, Brummel was the Artist-In-Residence at the Machine Project Gallery in Los Angeles, where he hosted a series of events examining the connection between experimental music, meditation, spirituality, and dream work.
Daniel graduated from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 1999, and received the Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from UCLA in 2006 after studying with esteemed composers, theorists, and instrumentalists including Paul Chihara, David Lefkowitz, and Kenny Burrell. In 2016, Daniel received the Master of Music degree in commercial music composition and arranging from CSULA, where his mentors included Steve Wight and Ross Levinson.
Academic institutions and music organizations Daniel has been affiliated with as an educator, administrator, or student include:
University of California, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Valley College
California College of Music
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
California State Summer School for the Arts
Altadena Academy of Music
Caesura Youth Orchestra
Huntington Learning Center
Ferrante Music Academy
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