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Daniel Brandt
Brandt in 2019
Alma materAcademy of Media Arts Cologne
OccupationElectronic musician

Daniel Brandt is a German composer, drummer, and filmmaker from Wiesbaden based in London and Berlin. He is a member of the ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick and also records as a solo artist for the British record label Erased Tapes.


Brandt was raised in Wiesbaden; his father was a rock drummer and his grandparents on his mother's side were a pianist and an opera singer.[1] He graduated from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2011 with a degree from the film and television studies department.[2] As a student there, he founded the ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick with classmates Jan Brauer and Paul Frick; Brandt plays percussion instruments. The trio released its first full-length album in 2010.[2] After graduating, Brandt toured and recorded with the ensemble and founded his own record label, Gym Records; he also did video live event production for entertainment and news websites such as the BBC and the Guardian.[2] He went on to do record production work as well, including for German musician Anna F., whom he dated in 2017.[1]

His debut release as a solo artist, Eternal Something, was recorded in multiple locations, including a cabin in Germany and Joshua Tree National Park in the United States.[3] Brandt had initially wanted the album to be composed entirely of cymbal sounds, but changed his mind as he composed and recorded for it.[4][5] The album was released in March 2017 on the Erased Tapes label.[6] Brandt played all the instruments on Eternal Something except for hang drum, trombone, and cello.[7] Stylistically, the album was described by Pitchfork Media as a cross between modern classical and electronic dance music.[8]

Brandt followed Eternal Something with Channels, his second full-length, in October 2018.[9] The Line of Best Fit noted influences from Detroit techno, Tangerine Dream, and Steve Reich on the record.[10]


  • Eternal Something (Erased Tapes, 2017)
  • Channels (Erased Tapes, 2018)


  1. ^ a b "In Music and Life, Acoustic Techno Mastermind Daniel Brandt Keeps It Real". LA Weekly. March 20, 2017. Archived from the original on April 26, 2019. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Daniel Brandt biography". Allmusic.
  3. ^ "Gear Guide: Step Inside Daniel Brandt's Studio". Clash Music. April 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Review of Eternal Something". Elsewhere. April 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Stream Daniel Brandt's Wonderful Debut Album in Full. XLR8R, March 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Brandt Brauer Frick's Daniel Brandt announces Eternal Something album". Resident Advisor. January 10, 2017.
  7. ^ "Review of Eternal Something". Pop Matters. March 24, 2017.
  8. ^ "Review of Eternal Something". Pitchfork Media. April 4, 2017.
  9. ^ "Daniel Brandt Dives Deeper into the Dance World on New Erased Tapes LP". XLR8R. August 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Review of Channels". The Line of Best Fit. October 23, 2018.