Daniel Brummel

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Daniel Brummel
Daniel Brummel (far right) with Nada Surf, 2016
Background information
Born (1981-09-15) September 15, 1981 (age 38)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • composer
  • producer
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Daniel Brummel (born September 15, 1981 in Pasadena, California) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who has performed and recorded with various musical groups including Sanglorians, Ozma, Weezer, Nada Surf, Scott & Rivers, Spain, Gowns, Monstro, and The Elected.[1][2][3][4][5] He composes the music for the Lifetime network television series American Princess with partners Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay.[6]

Brummel graduated from the Los Angeles County High School For The Arts in 1999, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition from UCLA in 2006 (where he studied orchestration with Paul Chihara, voice with Don Neuen, and guitar with jazz legend Kenny Burrell [Leigh, Bill (2003), Daniel Brummel: Melodic Scholar, Bass Player Magazine]) and his Master of Music degree in commercial music from CSULA in 2016.[7] As a singer, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer, Brummel has performed consistently on international tours with his various projects since 2001, when The Michigan Daily dubbed him a "pop-culturally aware songsmith"[8] at age 19. He has also led interfaith community music events,[9] sang protest songs,[10] and performed experimental folk music at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum,[11] the Norton Simon Museum,[12] the Los Angeles Central Library,[13] and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.[14] In March 2011, Brummel was artist-in-residence at Machine Project Gallery in Los Angeles, where he hosted Skylike Notdoings, a series of events exploring the connection between music, meditation, Eastern spirituality, and dreamwork.[15]

More recently, Brummel cowrote the song “Eulogy For A Rock Band” with Rivers Cuomo and Ryen Slegr for Weezer’s 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright in the End.[16] He then served as music director and touring member (guitar, keyboards, percussion) for Weezer’s fall 2014 album release tour, coordinating and conducting a new 18 person fan choir in each city.[17] In 2016, he joined Nada Surf as touring bassist for the North American dates of the “You Know Who You Are” album release tour, substituting for original bassist Daniel Lorca and garnering praise for being “as talented of a musician as the band could have asked for to fill in.”[18] He currently resides in Pasadena, California, where he serves as Dean & Chief Academic Officer at the California College of Music.[19]


As a Solo Artist[edit]

  • Speak Easy (Coptic, 2005)
  • Switched-On Scarlatti (2019)


  • Initiation (2013)
  • Odalisque (2019)



Nada Surf[edit]

  • Live on KEXP (Acoustic) (2016)
  • Live on KEXP (Electric) (2016)


The Elected[edit]

Scott & Rivers[edit]

  • スコット と リバース (self-titled debut album) (Universal, 2013)
  • Nimaime (Sony, 2017)


We Are Me[edit]

  • Living In Transit (Atmosphériques, 2014)


  • Letter To The Lord (My Major Company, 2011)

Film/TV Soundtracks[edit]


  1. ^ [1] BuzzBands.LA "Sanglorians: Love Is The Speed Of Light"
  2. ^ [2] KROQ CBS Local "Weezer Brings Zombies To Life At Walking Dead Comic Con Party"
  3. ^ [3] PunkNews.org “Nada Surf - Live In Denver (2016)”
  4. ^ [4] Archived 2015-01-28 at the Wayback Machine Weezerpedia "Scott & Rivers"
  5. ^ [5] Billboard.com "Solo Projects Won't Mean The End Of Rilo Kiley"
  6. ^ American Princess (TV Series 2019– ), retrieved 2019-02-26
  7. ^ "Daniel Brummel – California College of Music". ccmcollege.com. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  8. ^ [6] Michigan Daily "Get Up Kids & Ozma Bring Pop Smarts To Weezer Outloud! Tour"
  9. ^ [7] Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine Los Angeles Central Library "Interfaith Sing ALOUD"
  10. ^ [8] Los Angeles Times "Protest Songs With Emily Lacy"
  11. ^ [9] Hammer Museum "Machine Project Artist In Residence"
  12. ^ [10] Archived 2015-06-26 at the Wayback Machine Norton Simon Museum "Sounds From Around The World"
  13. ^ [11] Archived 2014-05-12 at the Wayback Machine Los Angeles Central Library "Sing ALOUD"
  14. ^ Old Devil Time: Drone Folk Meditations http://iaspm-us.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Lacy-and-Brummel.pdf
  15. ^ [12] Machine Project "Skylike Notdoings: Daniel Brummel in Residence"
  16. ^ "Weezer - Everything's Alright". Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  17. ^ [13] Noisey Vice: I Sang Onstage With Weezer”
  18. ^ [14] PunkNews.org “Nada Surf - Live In Denver (2016)”
  19. ^ "California College of Music Faculty". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Daniel Brummel | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  21. ^ "Everything Will Be Alright in the End - Weezer | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  22. ^ "Pacific Daydream - Weezer | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  23. ^ "Sargent Place - Spain | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  24. ^ American Princess (TV Series 2019– ), retrieved 2019-02-26
  25. ^ "Upcoming emo movie debuts new trailer and song written by TBS' John Nolan". Alternative Press. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2019-02-26.
  26. ^ Geek USA (2013), retrieved 2019-02-26
  27. ^ Still Waiting... (Video 2009), retrieved 2019-02-26
  28. ^ That Darn Punk (Video 2001), retrieved 2019-02-26

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