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Dan Freeman

Adjunct Instructor

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Dan Freeman (CØm1x) is a producer/bassist and music technologist based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Dan 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. His first gigs were playing in Broadway pits and with live electro groups at NYC's SqueezeBox party. 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 underground Brooklyn loft parties to Carnegie Hall. He also played keyboards for the RCA Records’ rock group Stellastarr.*

In 2006, 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 and created their own unique hybrid set as well as serving as a backing band for various artists including Polina Goudieva and Virgin Records’ artist Xavier. CØ also performed throughout North America and Europe, playing at venues like Berlin's Berghain, and NYC's Webster Hall with groups like the Brazilian Girls and the Juan McLean.  

Currently, Dan has a production studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn where he mixes, remixes electronic music 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 8 and 9 Certified Trainer and senior instructor at New York City's Dubspot where he teaches electronic music production and heads Dubspot International. He has given Ableton Live and production workshops at events, festivals and universities worldwide including SXSW, Sonar (Barcelona), Berlin, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Copenhagen, Harvard University, the University of Santiago (Chile) and the University of Caldas (Colombia). He also runs the NYC Ableton Live User Group.