Engineer | Producer | Songwriter
Dawn Landes is an American singer-songwriter and musician originally from Louisville, Kentucky. As a recording artist she has released five full-length albums: Dawn’s Music (2005), Fireproof (2008), Sweetheart Rodeo (2010), and Mal Habillée (2012) and two EPs:Straight Lines (2006) and Mal Habillée (2012). In support of her releases, Landes has toured extensively in the US, Europe and around the world, often sharing the stage with artists such as Ray Lamontagne, Feist, Andrew Bird, José González, The Weakerthans, Midlake and Suzanne Vega.
A skilled producer and engineer, she has worked at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and at Philip Glass‘ own personal recording studio. In 2009, Landes helped found Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, NY. She has collaborated with contemporaries like Justin Townes Earle, Will Oldham and Josh Ritter in the studio. Her songs have been featured in popular films and TV shows, including Bored to Death, Skins, House, Gossip Girl and United States of Tara. She composed original scores for two feature films Blackbird and Familiar Strangers and wrote the end credit song for Savage Grace starring Julianne Moore. Landes has appeared with The American Songbook Series, Boston Pops and in 2012 with the NYC Ballet at Lincoln Center for the new Benjamin Millepied ballet “Two Hearts” singing a balled entitled “The Brown Girl” as part of composer Nico Muhly‘s score.
Her latest release, Mal Habillée, a collection of original french songs in the style of Ye-Ye was released in June 2012. It features guest vocals by Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) and an interactive ebook with illustrations by the artist Danica Novgorodoff to accompany the text. Landes is a member of all-girl trio The Bandana Splits…
2004 Joseph Arthur Our Shadows Will Remain engineer
2005 Dawn Landes Dawn’s Music writer, producer, singer, engineer
2006 Hem No Word from Tom vocals, glockenspiel, engineer
2006 Hem Funnel Cloud group member, vocals, percussion
2006 Joseph Arthur Nuclear Daydream vocals, engineer
2007 The Earlies The Enemy Chorus vocals
2007 Ben Weaver Paper Sky vocals, production
2008 Dawn Landes Fireproof writer, producer, singer, engineer
2008 Apollo Sunshine Shall Noise Upon vocals
2009 Doveman The Conformist vocals
2009 Adam Acaragi I Am Become Joy vocals
2009 Dawn Landes Gossip Girl Soundtrack writer, producer, singer, engineer
2010 Dawn Landes Bored to Death Soundtrack writer, producer, singer, engineer
2010 Turner Cody Gangbusters vocals
2010 Josh Ritter So Runs the World Away vocals, engineer
2010 Justin Townes Earle Do I Ever Cross Your Mind vocals, guitar, engineer
2010 Dawn Landes Sweetheart Rodeo writer, producer, singer, engineer
2011 Jolie Holland Pint of Blood engineer
2011 Sondre Lerche Sondre Lerche vocals, engineer
2011 The Bandana Splits Meet the Bandana Splits writer, producer, singer, engineer
2011 Alexi Murdoch Towards the Sun vocals
2007 original musical score for feature film “Blackbird” starring Gillian Jacobs.
2008 co-written score for feature film “Familiar Strangers” starring Nikki Reed.
2008 Song “Straight Lines” used in television advertisement for Axe Body spray, and Transport for London in the UK.
2008 “Lullaby for Tony” written for the closing credits of the film Savage Grace, starring Julianne Moore.
2009 “Straight Lines” used in a commercial for Chrysler Town & Country.
2009 “Straight Lines” and “toy piano” used in Showtime series United States of Tara.
2009 The song “Drive” was used in the “Under My Skin” episode of the fifth season of the Fox series House M.D.
2009 The hidden track “I Won’t Back Down”, a cover of Tom Petty, was used for the Human Rights Campaign
2009 The track “Toy Piano” from the album Fireproof was used in an episode of Showtime series Californication
2009 The songs “Romeo” and “Toy Piano” featured in the HBO series Bored to Death.
2010 The track “Twilight” was used in an episode of Holby City.
2010 The track “Mud and Stars” was used in the Australian mini-series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.
2010 “All Dressed in White” was used in the series four premiere of Skins.
2011 co-written song “Sometimes” by The Bandana Splits featured in an episode of HBO series Bored to Death
2011 “Straight Lines” featured at the end of the documentary “When Harry Left Hogwarts” released as special feature in the Blu-ray version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.