Daniel Brew

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Rock/Pop

Instrument/voice type: Electric Guitar

Location: Royal Northern College of Music

Daniel Brew is an electric guitarist, composer/arranger and keen improviser based in Manchester.

After graduating with a first class degree from the Royal Northern College of Music under the tuition of Johnny Heyes and Mike Walker, he now continues his work as a freelance musician.

Daniel has quickly become a guitarist in great demand. His skills and musical attributes, which are rarely found in a musician of his background, have helped him define his own distinct sound and calibre. His musical creativity has seen him play an integral role in many projects, spanning a wide range of musical styles, which regularly perform throughout the UK and internationally.

Daniel is a founding member in a number of contemporary jazz projects, namely ‘Glowrogues’ and his trio ‘Apes Grapes’, but he also continues to dep regularly in groups such as ‘The Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley Group’, ‘The Sam Healey Quartet’ and the award winning ‘Beats & Pieces Big Band’.

During the final year of his undergraduate degree Daniel began studying and being involved in contemporary music and, since then, he has gone on to study under Yaron Deutsch at the 2015 Impuls Academy for Contemporary Music in Graz, as well as becoming a member of Distractfold Ensemble. Recent performances have include Cafe Oto in London February 2016 (recorded by the BBC) and the Harvard Residency which took place in March/April 2016 followed by a small tour of the US performing new music in Boston, New York and Chicago.

As well as being heavily involved in original projects Daniel regularly performs and records as a session musician for a number of different artists that have included Jonathan Ansell, The Rainband, Twelve24, Iyanya, Davido, Emma Nyra, Tekno, Selebobo, LAX, Sinach, Chevelle Franklin, David B, Alex Buchanan and BlancBen.

Whilst continuing his freelance work, Daniel is soon due to further his studies at the RNCM on the new Popular Music Masters in September 2016 and is very grateful to have received a scholarship from the RNCM as well as Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award.