Brooklyn based saxophonist, arranger, composer Dan White has performed with Vulfpeck, Bill Murray, Allen Stone, Andy Grammar, O.A.R. and has toured the world performing original music with his group Huntertones. If you're looking for sax and horns in any style for your next track, or music for your film or podcast, look no further!
Hi, my name is Dan White and I am a freelance musician in NYC. Over the past ten years I've been performing, arranging, composing, and recording horns for pop, jazz, funk, rock, and bluegrass artists. I have an extensive network of horn players in the NYC area and can put together the ultimate horn section for your next track or album including trombone, trumpet, alto/tenor/bari sax, flute, clarinet, and sousaphone. We can record, edit, and mix everything in house!
As an arranger I've been honing my skills over the past 15 years and have written over 200 arrangements for horn sections, brass bands, big bands, marching bands, and orchestras. One of my main passions is composing original music for the band Huntertones, an original jazz/funk instrumental project I co-founded in 2014. Since moving to NYC we've recorded three full length albums and have performed in over 25 countries. My compositions with Huntertones have been featured on NPR, Huffington post, and Downbeat Magazine.
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Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like being able to create on a daily basis. Each and every song is unique and I love figuring out the puzzle of what I can add to the music to make it really special.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I studied Music Education and Jazz Studies at Ohio State. After school I moved to Brooklyn, NY with some fellow bandmates. Since moving to NYC six years ago I've had the opportunity to tour the world and work with some of the top musicians in the industry. I've spent a lot of time in the recording studio and have been developing my skills recording at home in recent years. I've learned that you don't have to be in an expensive studio to get high quality sounds.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on all types of music from pop, rock, singer/songwriter, to classic R&B and soul. I love working on a wide range of styles. As Duke Ellington said "there are really only two types of music: good music and bad music" :)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is adding to and amplifying whatever the client is expressing. Finding exactly what serves the track or film and enhancing it to make it a stronger piece is what I love to do.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When I add horns to a song I aim to find exactly what the client is looking for in order to create an even better sounding track. Whether it is adding a soft, beautiful layer to a song or a flashy, brassy hook, I always aim to find the sweet spot in order to take the track to the next level.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After a client sends me a song I'll write the horn parts and make a midi demo of them. Once it's approved I'll record trombone parts in my home studio, and bounce off tracks for my other horn players to record to. Once they are all completed I'll clean up and edit the parts, do some light mixing and bounce the stems back to the client to slide into their mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a small home studio setup, suitable to record single instruments. I use Polk Monitors, RME Babyface interface, Logic X, and a DPA 4099 as my main horn mic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really dig Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Trent Reznor, Thom Yorke, Robert Grasper, Roy Hargrove, Prince, Louis Cole, Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, and many others.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly, I create and record horn parts for my clients. This could be just saxophone or woodwinds, or also include a full section of trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, and bari sax (musicians I would contract to record from their home studios)