David Campbell (composer)

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David Campbell
David Campbell Conducting.jpg
Background information
Birth name David Richard Campbell
Born (1948-02-07) February 7, 1948 (age 66)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, pop, country, alternative, indie rock, hip hop, r&b, blues, jazz, punk, rock en español, metal, classical
Occupations Arranger, composer, conductor
Instruments Viola, violin, piano
Years active 1971–present
Website davidmusic.com

David Richard Campbell (born February 7, 1948) is a Canadian-American arranger, composer and conductor. He has worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums including Death Magnetic (Metallica), Minutes to Midnight (Linkin Park), The 2nd Law (Muse), KISS Symphony: Alive IV (KISS) Spirit (Leona Lewis), These Days (Bon Jovi), Fallen (Evanescence), ANThology (Alien Ant Farm), and various albums by his son Beck.[1]

He has two sons and one daughter: American musician Beck Hansen, artist Channing Hansen, and musician Alyssa Suede. He is married to theatrical composer Raven Kane.[2][3][4]

Career[edit]

David Campbell was born February 7, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Seattle at a young age and took up the violin at age 9. At 12 he began venturing into orchestration, studying the works of Bartók, Schoenberg and Stravinsky.

In the late '60s, after studying at Manhattan School of Music, Campbell moved from New York to Los Angeles and began studying pop music. He studied the music of The Beatles, Leonard Cohen and The Rolling Stones, and he played bluegrass music for crowds in line for movies in Westwood Village.[5]

At the age of 23, Campbell played on his first major album, Tapestry, by Carole King. This led to his first arranger role, for King's Rhymes and Reasons album. Campbell also played viola on recording sessions such as Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and Bill Withers' "Lean on Me". Since then he has gone on to arrange songs for such artists as Ghost BC, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Radiohead, Leona Lewis, Juanes, Dixie Chicks, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Enrique Iglesias, Neil Diamond, and Sheryl Crow.[1][5] He also arranged strings for Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro on their 2009 album Only Revolutions.

In addition to his pop music library, Campbell has also worked on many films, including Mind Games (1989), Dead Man Walking (1995), Brokeback Mountain (2005), North Country (2005), Dreamgirls (2007), and many others.[6] In 2010 he worked with Nigel Godrich on the score for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.[7]

In recent years, he has conducted at the Hollywood Bowl for Faith Hill, Death Cab for Cutie, Ray LaMontagne, Beck, Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson.[8][9] In February 2009 Campbell arranged Radiohead's "15 Step" for the band's collaboration with the USC Marching Band at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[10]

Campbell handled string arrangements for Evanescence's third studio album, "Evanescence".[11] He has also worked on Evanescence's multi-platinum albums Fallen and The Open Door.

He created song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring and orchestrations for the upcoming Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, and book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger. The musical is being directed by Julie Taymor and opens December 21, 2010.[12]

In the 2012 presidential election, he donated to Ron Paul's campaign.[13]

List of album arrangements[1][14][15][edit]

1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1981
  • Art Garfunkel - Scissors Cut
  • Rita Coolidge - Heartbreak Radio
  • Robin Williamson - Songs of Love and Parting
1986
1987
  • Dolly Parton - Rainbow
  • Emmylou Harris - Trio
  • Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat
1989
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "www.discogs.com". www.discogs.com. 1948-02-07. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ Lester, Paul. "Beck to basics". The Age. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Davis, John T. "SXSW review: Alyssa Suede". www.johntonline.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  4. ^ spidermanonbroadway team
  5. ^ a b Neil Weiss (1999-01-16). "Weiss, Niel, "His Strings Really Zing"". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ www.imdb.com
  7. ^ "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World | Original Score ~ Digital Release 10th August 2010". Edgar Wright Here. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hollywood Bowl (2011-05-26). "www.hollywoodbowl.com". www.hollywoodbowl.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Randy, "David Campbell Gets It"[dead link]
  10. ^ "USC Trojan Marching Band + Radiohead @ 2009. Grammys". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R (March 2, 2010). "Evanescence Go Electro As Lee Has 'Fun With Music' on Next LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark". Spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Contributions from Celebrities to Paul, Ron (R)". 
  14. ^ "albumcredits.com". albumcredits.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  15. ^ www.allmusic.com
  16. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Vengo Venenoso - Antonio Carmona : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-31.