Bassist/Producer/Ableton Certified Trainer
Dan FreeMan (CØm1x) is a producer/bassist and music technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Freeman comes from a bi-cultural background: his mother is Nicaraguan and his father American, so he grew up exposed to a rich variety of music. He started training as a classical pianist at the age of four and switched to jazz bass at thirteen. After graduating from Harvard University, he came to New York to be a session bassist. As a bass player he has performed with such artists as Angelique Kidjo, and the B-52’s and throughout North America, South America, and Europe in venues ranging from Broadway pit orchestras to underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He also played keyboards for the RCA Records’ rock group Stellastarr*.
In 2008, he formed the electro-funk digital music and art collective Comandante Zero (CØ). CØ developed techniques for fusing live acoustic instruments with laptops running Ableton Live. They became known for playing the massive Burning Man events in New York City and has performed at such venues as L.A’s House Of Blues, Berlin’s Berghain, New York’s Webster Hall and Santiago’s PUMA Labs. They also worked with Grammy-winning producer Bob Power on their first E.P ‘Slouching Towards Babylon’
Currently, Dan has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he mixes, remixes and writes for film. He also performs a unique ‘live production’ solo set where he creates heavy electro funk grooves in real time using the Ableton PUSH instrument.
Dan is an Ableton Live 9 Certified Trainer and instructor at New York City’s Dubspot where he teaches electronic music production. He also is the Director of International Programs at Dubspot and has organized and given numerous workshops in music production worldwide including Denmark, Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. He currently hosts the New York City Ableton User Group which every month has featured live appearances by artists such as TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kayne West’s Laura Escude. He is also faculty at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School.