Daniel Brummel, M.M. is a composer, producer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has performed and recorded with many notable acts including Weezer, Nada Surf, Spain, Ozma, Sanglorians, Scott & Rivers, and The Elected. With partners Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay, he composes the music for the Lifetime TV series American Princess from showrunners Jamie Denbo and Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black, Weeds). He served as Dean & Chief Academic Officer at California College of Music from 2015-19.
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, Film, Video Games, Apps)
Composition Commissions (Orchestras, Choirs, Chamber Ensembles, etc.)
Daniel has written major works for choir, orchestra, string quartet, wind quintet, harp trio, and other ensembles, as well as hundreds of songs. His music has been featured in programming on networks including MTV, Nickelodeon, Lifetime, FOX, NBC, and Amazon Prime, and in major motion pictures from Universal, Paramount Pictures, and Comedy Central.
Daniel's primary performance instruments are bass, guitar, drums, keys, and voice. His playing, songwriting, and production 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.
Remote Tracking (Acoustic & Electric Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Drums & Percussion, Piano & Synths, Voice, etc.)
Production & Engineering (Bands, singer-songwriters, ensembles, etc.)
Mixing & Mastering
Working with artists, intention is clarified and the highest possible musical vision is achieved. Through focus on rhythm, melody, harmony, phrasing, lyrics, arrangement, and sonic character, bold meaning and strong emotional impact resonate. Projects are guided from inception to the finish line, from structural preproduction, through capture of powerful rhythm tracks, clear vocals, and “ear candy” overdubs, Finally, bold and colorful mixes are delivered to a favored mastering engineer or mastered in-house.
Daniel has worked alongside top producers, engineers, and mixers including Grammy winners Neal H. Pogue (TLC), Reggie Dozier (Outkast), Shawn Everett (The Strokes), and Darrell Thorp (Beck), as well as Chris Fudurich (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).
“What is fidelity, but truth to one’s intent?” — Don Buchla
Music Lessons (In person or online: Voice, Guitar, Ukelele, Banjo, 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.
Daniel studied voice, guitar, and composition at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, graduating in 1999. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from UCLA after studies with mentors including Paul Chihara, David Lefkowitz, and Kenny Burrell. He received the Master of Music degree in commercial music composition from CSULA.
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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