Bruce Driscoll

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Bruce Driscoll
Bruce Driscoll Live.jpg
Bruce Driscoll performing at the Sunset Marquis.
Background information
Born (1983-06-13) June 13, 1983 (age 35)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
GenresPop, indie rock, alternative rock, dance
Occupation(s)Music producer, songwriter, engineer, guitarist, film composer
InstrumentsGuitar, multi-instrumentalist
Years active2000–present
Associated actsBlondfire, Freedom Fry
Websitewww.brucedriscoll.com

Bruce Driscoll (born June 13, 1983) is an American record producer, songwriter, guitarist, film composer,[1] and vocalist. He first gained notability as one half of the pop band Blondfire; co-writing, producing and self-releasing songs with his sister, Erica.

In 2011, he formed the band Freedom Fry with his wife, the Parisian singer/songwriter and producer Marie Seyrat.[2][3][4][5]

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Driscoll was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He started playing piano and drums at an early age then picked up the guitar when he was fifteen, inspired by the sound of guitarists Johnny Marr and George Harrison. Taking quickly to the instrument, he began accompanying his two sisters, Monica and Erica, in a band called Nectar. In order to free himself to tour with the group he withdrew from traditional high school and completed an independent study program through the University of Missouri.[6]

The siblings embarked on a national tour and eventually landed a development deal with EMI Publishing when Bruce Driscoll was aged 17. Soon after they showcased for many of the US major record labels, including Warner Bros. Records, Maverick, and Capitol. In 2002, they won Runner Up in the Pop Category for the UK Songwriting Contest with the song, "Life Out Loud". Later that year the siblings disbanded over creative differences.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011 Driscoll relocated to Los Angeles, California, from New York. In 2013 he and Freedom Fry bandmate, Marie Seyrat, were married.[8]

Astaire[edit]

Bruce Driscoll performing live at The Hotel Café.

In 2003 Bruce and Erica Driscoll began recording songs in their parents' basement which would turn out to be early Astaire demos. The songs took a stylistically more left of center pop sound. The demos were sent to Andy Chase of Ivy who loved the songs and wanted to produce the duo at his studio, Stratosphere Sound, in New York. After working with Chase in the studio the siblings relocated to New York and released their first EP, Don't Whisper Lies, on their own label.

The band toured with Ivy, Stars, and Robbers On High Street in 2005. In the middle of the tour lawyers for the Fred Astaire Estate threatened to sue if the duo did not change their name. Lacking the money to afford legal fees they changed their name to Blondfire.[9]

Throughout his career Driscoll has continued to collaborate with Andy Chase. First playing keyboards in Ivy, guitar in Chase's band Brookville, and then co-writing and producing tracks for his band, Camera2.[10]

Blondfire[edit]

The duo continued on as Blondfire signing a contract with EMI UK in October 2006. Shortly thereafter EMI was bought out by Terra Firma and went through internal changes. The duo left the label in mid-2007 and self-released their debut album, My Someday, in April 2008.[11]

In September 2012, following the viral internet and radio success of their song, "Where The Kids Are", Blondfire signed to Warner Bros. Records and Primary Wave Publishing and began mixing of their album, Young Heart, with mixer Wally Gagel.[12][13][14][15]

Sleepy Rebels[edit]

Sleepy Rebels was formed after several of the songs Driscoll had written with television and advertisement composer Jeremy Adelman were used in commercials. Erica also joined the group and collaborated with them over the course of three albums, World Record, Yellow Tree and the Christmas themed album, Bah Humbug. Sleepy Rebel's music has been used in ads for J. C. Penney, VW, Tide and others.[16][17][18][19]

Freedom Fry[edit]

In April 2011, Driscoll met Parisian born Marie Seyrat during pre-production on Blondfire's "Where The Kids Are" video.[20] Seyrat, the stylist on the video, played him a cover of her singing a song in French over a ukulele. Entranced by her whispery voice, Driscoll asked her if she would be interested in writing some songs together. The following August they formed the duo Freedom Fry and released the Let The Games Begin EP.[21][22]

Their song "Rolling Down" was featured in the premiere episode of Bones, during the birth of baby Christine.[23][24] Their single, "Earthquake", was named as single-of-the-week by the French magazine, Les Inrockuptibles.[25]

Discography[edit]

  • 2004 - Astaire - Don't Whisper Lies EP - Producer, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
  • 2005 - Various Artists - Auralgasms: Bliss Of Life - Producer, Performer
  • 2005 - Blondfire - Live Session (iTunes Exclusive) EP - Guitar, Producer
  • 2005 - Blondfire - Holiday EP - Producer, Guitar, Piano, Bass
  • 2005 - Monster In Law (Original Soundtrack) - Producer, Guitar
  • 2006 - Brookville - Life In The Shade - Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Theremin, Vocals, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programming
  • 2006 - Mônica da Silva - "Miles From Nowhere" - Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards
  • 2006 - The Postmarks - Remixes - Remixer
  • 2007 - The Voyces - Kissing Like It's Love - Engineer
  • 2008 - Blondfire - My Someday - Producer, Mixing, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
  • 2008 - Sleepy Rebels - World Record - Producer, Composer, Instrumentation, Vocals, Mixer, Group Member
  • 2010 - Lana Mír - Lana Mír - Producer, Composer, Instrumentation, Mixer
  • 2010 - Tamar Kaprelian - Sinner Or A Saint (Interscope) - Producer (New Day (Acoustic)), Engineer, Guitar
  • 2010 - Mônica da Silva - Brasilissima - Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programming
  • 2012 - Sleepy Rebels - Bah Humbug! - Producer, Composer, Instrumentation, Vocals, Mixer, Group Member
  • 2011 - Sleepy Rebels - Yellow Tree - Producer, Composer, Instrumentation, Vocals, Mixer, Group Member
  • 2011 - Ivy - All Hours (Nettwerk) - Programming
  • 2011 - Elan - We Are - Producer ("My Baby And Me"), Composer
  • 2011 - Freedom Fry - Let The Games Begin EP - Producer, Mixing, Group Member
  • 2001 - Blondfire - "Where The Kids Are" (Single) - Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Group Member
  • 2012 - Freedom Fry - "Earthquake" (Single) - Producer, Mixing, Group Member
  • 2012 - Blondfire - "Walking With Giants" (Single) - Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Group Member
  • 2012 - Freedom Fry - Outlaws EP - Producer, Mixing, Group Member
  • 2012 - Freedom Fry - "Summer in the City" (Single) - Producer, Mixing, Group Member
  • 2012 - Blondfire - Where The Kids Are EP (Warner Bros) - Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
  • 2012 - Freedom Fry - "Dark Christmas" (Single) - Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Group Member
  • 2012 - Camera2 - "Just About Made It" (Single) - Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drum Programming
  • 2013 - Avicii - True - Composer
  • 2014 - Blondfire - Young Heart - Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Bass, Keyboards, Group Member
  • 2014 - Freedom Fry - "Home" (Single) - Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Group Member
  • 2014 - Freedom Fry - The Wilder Mile EP - Producer, Engineer, Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Group Member[16][22][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2011 - Girder (Short) - Director: Thomas Leveritt - Film Composer
  • 2012 - Starting From Scratch - Director: James Huang - Film Composer (Credited as Freedom Fry)
  • 2012 - Minte-Ma Frumos - Director: Iura Luncasu - Film Composer[41][42][43]

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