Highly experienced as a touring and session musician, producer, songwriter, and composer. I have been a long time member of the Woodstock, NY progressive rock band “3” and founded my own project in 2012 called “The Grape And The Grain”. Rates are flexible, depending on the project, contact me for more info.
Originally from the Hudson Valley Region of New York, I now live in Los Angeles California.
I have been a long time member of the Woodstock, NY progressive rock band ‘3’ (bass), and founded my own project in 2012 called “The Grape And The Grain” (lead vox/guitar/producer/writer). I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such acts as, Dream Theater, Scorpions, and Coheed and Cambria, as well as many more on the road with 3, and I'm now looking to make new and interesting music.
Some of the other artists I’ve worked with include, Eric Francis and Vision Quest/Planet Waves FM Podcast (various instruments/record/mix/master), Weerd Science (bass/guitar), 9Theory (bass), Rhett Miller (bass), Jim Weider's Project Percolater (bass), producer/drummer Jerry Marotta (bass), Jaden Larue (co writer/various instruments), The Little Miss (bass), and Bob Haligan Jr. with his group Ceili Rain (bass).
I love to work in any genre, and have done everything from play jazz/rock fusion with members of The Band (Jim Weider), hip hop with members of Coheed and Cambria (Weerd Science), and made television transition music with a drummer legend and a member of the Old 97’s (Jerry Marotta and Rhett Miller).
I also make full instrumental productions, and have a home studio, so let’s collaborate!
Contact me and we can figure out the best plan for your project!
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13 ReviewsEndorse Daniel Grimsland
Daniel was great to work with we worked together and came out with a great song. we hit some rough patches however we were able to get through them with clear communication and perfect exicution
Daniel was quick and gave me various takes to choose from. A good guy who's talented and seems to enjoy what he does. Will use him again!
Daniel is a superb talent! He not only gave us what we asked for, he brought his own ideas that made the track so SO much better in the end. He works fast, provides the highest quality tracks, and is super cool too! HIGHLY recommend!
It was great working with Daniel. Very professional and easy going, great talent, highly recommend for other musicians.
Daniel is an incredibly talented musician and producer. I had a wonderful experience working with him. He successfully brought my idea to life, and the end result was phenomenal. Apart from being a total rockstar, he’s also a super cool guy. I would highly recommend him for all your musical needs.
Dan is a fantastic producer and bassist, we've worked together on many occasions now. His ability to find the pocket of a song is uncanny and his productions are extremely tasteful.
First off Daniel is a super legit, professional, and just awesome bass player! I've hired him for live shows and plan to do studio work with him in the future as well. He is also really great on guitar and many other instruments too, and is an experienced and really talented music producer with a great home studio having all the means to make a legit record. And most importantly Daniel is a really solid, easy-going, personable, great guy, which is crucial to the proper dynamics of playing and recording/creating good music and having it be super fun, as it is supposed to be :)
I've worked with Daniel on numerous occasions both live and in the studio. He's a consummate professional. He approaches music with his heart wide open and his soulfulness is undeniable. A super talent. Don't you just hate people like that ...
Love Dans work and have great respect for his acalades! If you get Indorsed by Mr LEVIN! I’m pretty sure the interview is over!
Daniel's a great bassist... creative and has chops!
I've worked with Daniel both in a live show capacity and as a producer/engineer. He's incredibly talented, patient, always offers up great creative ideas and works hard to always make sure the final product is the absolute best it can be. I highly recommend Daniel for all your production/engineering/guitar/bass needs. He has such heart and love for music, and that really shows through in the quality of his work.
Dan is one of the most positive and creative people I have worked with in my 10+ years in the industry. Anything from crafting a track with him, to improvising free ambient noise-rock or strumming two acoustics and writing a brand new hook seems to take on a sense of ease with him. It’s California vibe with New York work ethic and that’s something that is both rare and valuable in a producer today.
I hired Mr. Grimsland in 2015 to run the board for a recording project. It turned out that he's a talented multi-instrumentalist, an excellent producer and first-rate collaborator. He's able to move from instrument to instrument seamlessly, either taking direction or taking leadership as needed. He's both efficient and imaginative. He can blend into the background or move to the front; he can write; he can sing; he's just fantastic to work with, and I always look forward to it. In fact, I fly him from Los Angeles to NY any time I can, and we dependably make interesting, excellent music.
Interview with Daniel Grimsland
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The majority of my work with clients has been as a bass player, but these days I have been doing more songwriting, composing, and producing then ever before, and I love it! I love to work in the studio, and I play a handful of different instruments, so that kind of work really stimulates all of my musical senses.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by many different musicians and kinds of music. Off the top of my head, Jon Brion. He is someone I look up to you very much.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently have a home studio in Los Angeles California.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends on the project, I try to be open to the artist when it comes to process. If it is me by myself, I don’t have much of a process. I just kind of start working.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A different perspective. I am somewhat well-versed in a lot of genres of music, and I tried to draw from that, no matter what genre I’m working in. For example, if I’m working on a pop punk song, I might play guitar solo that’s jazz influence, or blues influenced. As I mentioned before, I also play multiple instruments, so I guess bring back to the table as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I suppose, my musical abilities would be my strongest skill, but besides that, I try to communicate as best I can. I have found that communication is a very important part of making music with people.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Throughout the years it has primarily been different versions of rock music. But, lately I have been working with some country artists, some pop artists, as well as some electronica artists
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be open to what the artist wants. I think one of the biggest mistakes in music production is producers trying to make a record their own. I’m here to make your record, not my record.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing in bands in New York, when I was 12 years old. So I have been doing this, now in 2019, 22 years. I mostly toured with bands for the first 10 years, and now I am focusing more on producing, and studio work, though I do still perform live very often here in LA.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say the same for the artist, as I say for the producer, be open. Be open to each other, and learn from each other.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: David Andersen, and Gabe Lehner (9 Theory)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have a band in New York called The Grape And The Grain, and our last record “Holy Rollin” is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. On that project I was a writer, sang lead vocals, played guitars and keyboards, and was a producer. As well as 3’s album “The Ghost You Gave To Me”. On that project I was a bass player, backing vocalist, and co producer. I am proud of all of the work I’ve done, but those are two albums that truly stand out to me.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My dream is to work with emerging artists. There are of course legends that I would be honored to work with, but I love to be on the ground floor. It’s exciting to work with someone who’s excited and wide eyed
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I can be a Chameleon in many ways. I try to adapt to my surroundings. I guess my “style” would be not holding on too tightly to a “style” and being open to what might happen.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If there is a way to power the gear... computer, any mic (57 prob), guitar, keys, drums
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to know where they are coming from musically. If there’s anything in particular they hear on the track, things like that.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Because love to do this, it’s not “work”.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Are you available? A: yes!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do my best to use my talents to make the music you want to make.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I truly don’t have a preference. I’ve done many sessions on either and they both have their harms. I would say out of convenience I tend to stay digital.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently producing and playing on a new record for Hayley Johnson (aka The Little Miss) and working on new The Grape And The Grain music.