Dan Freeman

Adjunct Instructor

Dan Freeman

Dan Freeman is an artist/producer/bassist and music technologist primarily based in Brooklyn, New York and of the world's leading experts on the integration of live instruments with laptops using the Ableton Live software. 

Born in Boston, of a Nicaraguan family on his mother’s side, Dan attended Harvard University and received an AB in History. After graduation, he moved to New York to work as a session bass player and he has performed with a variety of major label artists, DJs and Broadway pit orchestras throughout North America, South America, and Europe in venues ranging from underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall.  He has performed and given workshops on electronic music production and performance at festivals, universities and schools worldwide including at: SXSW (Austin, US), Harvard University (US), Berklee College of Music (US), DNA Music  (Bogota), Ström Festival (Copenhagen) Tecnologico Monterrey (Mexico City), Argenlive (Buenos Aires), The Universidad de Santiago (Chile) and at Sonar (Barcelona, Spain). 

At The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Dan teaches the Producing Music with Software and MIDI course as well as the Virtual Producer: Live Performance with Laptops and Software course. He is also a full-time Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston in the Electronic Production and Design Department and teaches at The Juilliard School in the Center for Innovation in the Arts. He has been an Ableton Certified Trainer since 2011.     

In 2015, he founded the Brooklyn Digital Conservatory, a platform that brings top digital music producers/performers and educators to emerging markets in Latin America for courses and performances.  The Brooklyn Digital Conservatory has done numerous workshops and courses in Latin America including in Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Mexico. In 2017, he partnered with DJLab in San Jose, Costa Rica to create and direct Central America’s first Certificate Program in Electronic Music Production.