The music of London-born but New York-based musical polymath Danielle Eva Schwob is as “hard-edged” (New York Times) as it is “catchy, thoughtful” (Flavorpill) and “honest” (Joonbug). An intense blend of confessional lyrics, intricate yet unpredictable melodies and thick arrangements, her sound fuses elements of rock, pop, electronica and classical music. Her songwriting is an exercise in contradictions, taking small, personal experiences and making them seem enormous and overwhelming in their emotional arc. Characterized by expansive sound-scapes, glittering synthesizers, cinematic string arrangements and jangling electric guitars, her sound is an eclectic one.
Having grown up playing in rock and jazz bands before studying classical composition and honing her chops as a guitarist and arranger in the New York music scene, it’s not surprising that she developed an extensive musical vocabulary. While developing her own songwriting and performing with her band, she also worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds, The Pogues, Dar Williams, Sxip Shirey, Corn Mo and members of The Polyphonic Spree, New York Philharmonic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Boston Symphony and International Contemporary Ensemble as well as Shakespeare in the Park and several Hollywood film soundtracks. She also continued composing symphonic works and chamber music, receiving numerous commissions and accolades for these classical compositions.
Her unique and eclectic approach to songwriting has not gone unnoticed by critics. The New Yorker described her as a “notable cross-genre composer” while TimeOut NY dubbed her a “worldly musical chameleon [and] genre-bending composer” as well as a two-time ‘Critic’s Pick.’ Other features have come from NPR, NY1, MNN and numerous other blogs.
Having released her debut EP, Overloaded, in 2011, she is currently working on her debut album alongside three-time Grammy Award-winner David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor).
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