Daniel Brummel

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Daniel Brummel
Brummel performing with Weezer in 2014
Background information
Born September 15, 1981 (age 39)
Origin Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer
Website Website
Associated acts
Daniel Brummel and the Contraband
Scott & Rivers
Commuter Music
Nada Surf
The Elected

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 Ozma, Sanglorians, Scott & Rivers, Weezer, Nada Surf, Spain, Gowns, Monstro, and The Elected. He also helped compose the music for the Lifetime network television series American Princess.


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 and his Master of Music degree in commercial music from CSULA in 2016. 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" at age 19. He has also led interfaith community music events, sang protest songs, and performed experimental folk music at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Los Angeles Central Library, and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. 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.

More recently, Brummel co-wrote 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. 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. 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.” In academia, he served as the Dean of the California College of Music from 2015-2019, achieving the institution's initial accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music, and he currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Point Blank Music School in Silver Lake.

Collaborations with Weezer/Rivers Cuomo

Brummel circled on The Good Life's cover
Brummel on tour with Weezer in 2014




Daniel Brummel and the Contraband

Commuter Music


Gone with the Ghosts

As a Solo Artist

Nada Surf

  • Live on KEXP (Acoustic) (2016)


  • The Soul of Spain (Glitterhouse Records, 2012)
  • The Morning Becomes Eclectic Session (Glitterhouse Records, 2013)
  • Sargent Place (Glitterhouse Records, 2014)

The Elected

  • Me First (2004)
  • Sun, Sun, Sun (Sub Pop Records, 2006)


  • Broken Bones (Southern Records, 2008)

Jorge Huaman

  • In Need Of In-Between (2010)


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

We Are Me

  • Living In Transit (Atmosphériques, 2014)

Sofa City Sweetheart

  • Super(b) Exitos (2019)


  • All My Sunsets EP (2020)

Jonathan Mann

  • Jewish Family Christmas Tree! (2020)

David Prince

  • No Hard Feelings (2021)

The Easy Button

  • Lost On Purpose (2021)

Film/TV Soundtracks

  • That Darn Punk (2001)
  • Zoey 101 (2008)
  • iCarly (2008)
  • Türkisch für Anfänger|Turkish for Beginners (2008)
  • Still Waiting... (2009)
  • Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
  • (Romance) in the Digital Age (2017)
  • American Princess (2019 TV series) (composer, 10 episodes)


  • Dan's original P-Bass was nicknamed "The Delorean"

See also