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. Dark and introspective in tone, her songwriting seems an exercise in contradiction, taking quiet, personal experiences and making them loud, commanding and expansive in their emotional arc. Bolstered by lush soundscapes of glittering synthesizers, cinematic string arrangements and jangling electric guitars, her sound is as eclectic and unique as it is focused.
Having grown up in the U.K. playing in rock and jazz bands before studying classical composition, Danielle continued honing her chops as a guitarist, singer and arranger in the New York music scene. While developing her songwriting and leading her own six-piece band, she worked on projects with artists including Ben Folds, The Pogues, Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, 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. Staying true to her classical roots, she also continued composing symphonic works and chamber music, receiving numerous commissions and accolades for these concert compositions.
Her far-reaching talents and distinctive approach to writing music have 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 blogs.
Having released her debut EP, Overloaded, in 2011, she is currently working on a full-length album alongside three-time Grammy Award-winning producer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor).