As a music producer, Brent Daniels (also professionally known as “Free”) is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, and singer. As the last signing to the venerable Chicago-based label Wax Trax!, Brent recorded and released the self-produced and critically-acclaimed electronic LP Searching For The End under the name Hednoize with co-founder and fellow producer Daniel Lenz. Aside Hednoize’s focus on innovative sound design and solid song craftsmanship, the cinematic sonic undertones of the release foreshadowed Brent’s role as film composer and post production sound designer: in 2009 Brent scored the ambitious award-winning independent feature film A Lonely Place For Dying (featuring Academy Award nominee James Cromwell and Michael Wincott), as well acting as the entire post-production audio team, and co-producing.
As a remixer and hired gun programmer, Brent has worked with Marcella Levy (Marcella Detroit, Shakespeare’s Sister, Eric Clapton), Rick Knowles and Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Stevie Nicks), Thomas Dolby (Headspace/Beatnik), and Mick Jones (Foreigner), with The Cult. As a recording artist, Brent’s music has been used extensively in feature films (including Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Charlie’s Angels, Scary Movie 2, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Homegrown, Gossip, The Skulls, Behind Enemy Lines, The Lake House, The Love Guru), television (“Le Femme Nikita,” “Mad Men,” “Burn Notice,” “The Real World”) and trailers (Blade Runner [re-release]), Terminator: Salvation, Soul Men, Flight Of The Phoenix).
A passionate advocate for general education, liberal arts and technology studies, since 1993 Brent has concurrently performed in over 1000 primary and secondary schools and universities across the continental United States, entertaining and teaching well over 750,000 students and faculty about electronic music production and the importance of education.