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
Occupation(s) Arranger, composer, conductor
Instruments Viola, violin, piano
Years active 1971–present
Website davidmusic.com

David Richard Campbell (born February 7, 1948) is an arranger, composer and conductor. He has worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums including 21 (Adele), Futuresex/Lovesounds (Justin Timberlake), The 2nd Law (Muse), Invincible (Michael Jackson), Spirit (Leona Lewis), Aaliyah (Aaliyah), Fallen (Evanescence), Meteora (Linkin Park), B'Day (Beyoncé), Bangerz (Miley Cyrus), and various albums by his son Beck.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

David Campbell was born February 7, 1948 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father, D. Warren Campbell, was from Winnipeg, Manitoba but was attending seminary in Toronto in order to become a Presbyterian minister. Campbell subsequently was assigned to a church in Pittsburgh, taking his family with him, before settling in Seattle when David was 10.[4] David Campbell took up the violin at age 9. At 12 he began venturing into orchestration, studying the works of Bartók, Schoenberg and Stravinsky.[5][6]

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][7]

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".[5][8]

Since then he has gone on to arrange songs for such artists as Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Green Day, Avril Lavigne, Radiohead, Leona Lewis, Juanes, Dixie Chicks, My Chemical Romance, Enrique Iglesias, Neil Diamond, and Sheryl Crow.[1][5][9][10]

In addition to his pop music career, Campbell has composed, arranged or orchestrated music in over 80 films, some of the more recent ones being Annie (2014), Foxcatcher (2014), August: Osage County (2013), Rock of Ages (2012)Dreamgirls (2007), North Country (2005), and Brokeback Mountain (2005).[11] In 2010 he worked with Nigel Godrich on the score for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.[12][13]

In recent years, he has conducted at the Hollywood Bowl for Faith Hill, Death Cab for Cutie, Ray LaMontagne, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, and The xx. He collaborated with Muse for the performance of Survival, the official song of the London Olympics. He also collaborated with Beck for the Lincoln Motor Company ad campaign, "Hello, Again", which featured a live performance of Beck's Sound and Vision cover and included 167 live musicians playing simultaneously.[14][15][16][17] In February 2009 Campbell arranged Radiohead's "15 Step" for the band's collaboration with the USC Marching Band at the 2009 Grammy Awards.[18]He conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as arranged and orchestrated the music for Beck's Song Reader concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which featured many performers, including Childish Gambino, Juanes, Anne Hathaway, John C. Reilly, Jack Black and Jarvis Cocker.[19][20][21][22] He arranged and orchestrated for the Seattle Symphony and Pickwick's Sonic Evolution show on June 6th 2014.[23][24]

He created song arrangements, dance arrangements, underscoring and orchestrations for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.[25][26]

Personal Life[edit]

He has two sons and one daughter: American musician Beck Hansen, artist Channing Hansen, and musician Alyssa Suede. His father was a Presbyterian minister but Campbell himself has been a Scientologist for more than 45 years. He is married to theatrical composer Raven Kane.[27][28] In 2012, he donated to Ron Paul's campaign in the US Presidential election.[29][30]

List of album arrangements[edit]

sources:[1][31][32]

2014


2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008


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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "www.discogs.com". www.discogs.com. 1948-02-07. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  2. ^ Randy Lewis (2009-07-10). "Lewis, Randy, "David Campbell and Beck: father yields to the son*"". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  3. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). ""David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars"". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Meet Beck's dad, David Campbell, who has helped sell nearly 1 billion records". Toronto Star. June 14, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Neil Weiss (1999-01-16). "Weiss, Niel, "His Strings Really Zing"". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  7. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  8. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  9. ^ Hollywood Bowl (2011-05-26). "Philpedia - About the conductor David Campbell". www.hollywoodbowl.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  10. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  11. ^ IMDb. "IMDb profile - David Campbell". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  12. ^ "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World | Original Score ~ Digital Release 10th August 2010". Edgar Wright Here. August 10, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  13. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  14. ^ Hollywood Bowl (2011-05-26). "Philpedia - About the conductor David Campbell". www.hollywoodbowl.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  15. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  16. ^ Hollywood Bowl. "Death Cab for Cutie Los Angeles Philharmonic". www.hollywoodbowl.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  17. ^ Lincoln Motor Company. "Hello Again". www.hello-again.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  18. ^ "USC Trojan Marching Band + Radiohead @ 2009. Grammys". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  19. ^ Randall Roberts (2013-11-25). "Review: Beck and friends celebrate 'Song Reader' at Disney Hall". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  20. ^ Gavin Edwards (2013-11-25). "Beck Performs 'Song Reader' in L.A. With All-Star Guests". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  21. ^ Kory Grow (2013-11-01). "Beck Announces L.A. 'Song Reader' Concert, Teams With Warby Parker". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  22. ^ Laura Ferreiro (2013-11-22). "Conductor David Campbell Discusses His Son Beck's Upcoming 'Song Reader' Concert". music.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  23. ^ Brangien Davis (2014-06). "Sir Mix-A-Lot, Pickwick to Perform at Seattle Symphony's Sonic Evolution". www.seattlemag.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  24. ^ seattlesymphony.org. "Pickwick /arr. David Campbell Composer". seattlesymphony.org. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  25. ^ "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  26. ^ Hollywood Bowl (2011-05-26). "Philpedia - About the conductor David Campbell". www.hollywoodbowl.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  27. ^ Lester, Paul. "Beck to basics". The Age. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  28. ^ Davis, John T. "SXSW review: Alyssa Suede". www.johntonline.com. Retrieved 3 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Contributions from Celebrities to Paul, Ron (R)". 
  30. ^ Jim Fusilli (2014-05-20). "David Campbell, Arranger-Conductor to the Stars". e.wsj.com. Retrieved 2014-06-12. 
  31. ^ "albumcredits.com". albumcredits.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  32. ^ www.allmusic.com
  33. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Vengo Venenoso - Antonio Carmona : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-31.