Daniel Brandt is a composer, drummer and audiovisual artist.

Brandt is a graduate of the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne where he studied from 2005 – 2011 with a focus on film & video art. In 2006 he was a participant of the Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne and in 2010 a participant of Berlinale Talents. He is founder of the electroacoustic dance music project “Brandt Brauer Frick”, composing and performing ‘Concert hall compositions for the clubbing generation'(BBC) as a trio and as a 10-piece ensemble. Together they have performed over 400 international concerts in clubs, classical concert halls and festivals alike such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Montreux Jazz, Lincoln Center, Mutek, Sonar,

Southbank, Centre Pompidou, Fabric and Berghain. The band has released five studio albums on !K7 Records and Because Music since its inception, collaborating with artists such as Nina Kraviz, Gudrun Gut, Jamie Lidell, Emika, Agnes Obel, Vic Mensa and Frank Ocean producer Om’Mas Keith in the process. In 2014 Brandt Brauer Frick collaborated with the 40-piece WDR choir for a one-off performance in Cologne. Their ensemble expanded to a 90-piece orchestra for performances with Filarmónica Mexiquense at Mutek Festival in Mexico City (2018) and with El Sistema Symphony Orchestra in Caracas (2020). In 2016, Brandt Brauer Frick joined British director and choreographer Martin Butler to write and perform the opera “Gianni,” which premiered at Deutsche Oper in Berlin the same year.

In 2017 Daniel released his first solo album “Eternal Something” on London-based label Erased Tapes, which was praised by international critics (Pitchfork calling it “Propulsive, tense, and entirely mesmerising”) and has since been touring in a trio formation (drums, electric guitar, trombone) with previous stops including Barbican Hall London, Sonar Festival Barcelona, and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

The short film of the same name, for which he spent a year drawing a picture of today’s fast-paced and technology-driven society using hundreds of YouTube videos (Earmilk: “Eternal Somethings sends an unforgettable and important message for our generation”) was nominated for Best Experimental Film at the 2018 New York Independent Film Festival. For two performances at Kaltern Pop and Spitalfields Music Festival in London, a chamber version of

the album expanded by 10 musicians was performed together with Stargaze conducted by André de Ridder. The follow-up album “Channels” was released in 2018 with another tour in 2019 incl. stops in Europe, Canada, USA and Mexico. The album was chosen by BBC DJ Mary Anne Hobbs as one of her albums of the year. As a director Daniel has created several video works that have been shown and won awards at numerous international festivals, television networks and websites such as BBC, ZDF, 3Sat, arte, Vice, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, MTV, London Independent, Chicago IMMF, Mexico International, Amsterdam Film, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. In 2017 he started the interview series “STRRR” (www.strrr.tv) together with Max Dax (curator and former editor-in-chief of Spex & Electronic Beats magazine) winning the 2019 Silver Telly Award for best online documentary series. In one hour long episodes international artists, musicians, curators and filmmakers (including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jean-Michel Jarre, Gilles Peterson, Sven Marquardt, Yasmin Hamdan and Pan Daijing) talk about their influences illustrated by bespoke Youtube videos. Brandt Brauer Frick’s fifth studio album was released in 2019 on French label Because Music. The accompanying interactive video “Masse”, co-directed by Daniel won the Bloom Award for Best Music Video at Art Dusseldorf 2019. In the same year, Daniel collaborated with musician Frieder Nagel and choreographer Fukiko Takase (of Wayne McGregor Dance Company) to create a contemporary dance music version of the ballet ”Don Juan” as part of Gluck Festival Nuremberg, which premiered in July. Brandt composed a 45-minute piece of music for Belgian artist Karel Burssens to accompany the robotic light installation and dance performance “Currents” which premiered in September 2019 at the Festival Van De Architektur in Ghent and has since toured several European countries. Daniel Brandt’s 20-minute composition “Cosmic Fragments” was premiered by the new music ensemble LUX:NM in Berlin in November 2019 and broadcast as part of the “Concert Document of the Week” series on Deutschlandfunk in June 2020. His score for Somesuch produced animated short film “Pitch Black Panacea” by Tom Hardiman, which premiered on Nowness, was nominated for the Peer Raben award at Soundtrack Cologne 2021. Since 2016 Daniel is a member of 6-piece piano ensemble “Six Pianos” founded by Gregor Schwellenbach, who have recorded and performed the piece “Six Pianos” by Steve Reich and their original compositions at Cologne Philharmonic Hall and Elbphilharmonie, among others. Daniel is co-founder of dance music label “The Gym Records”, having released music by Nina Kraviz, Max Graef, Emika, Dollkraut and many more.

Visit www.eternalsomething.com for an overview of Daniel’s work.