David Kahne

Posted on 
February 28, 2022
2:20 pm

David Kahne is a renowned composer, record producer, and musician known for his work with greats like Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen, Regina Spektor, Lana Del Rey, The Bangles, The Strokes, Linkin Park, Kelly Clarkson, Sublime, Sugar Ray, Fishbone, and many others.

Kahne describes his work as a combination of composing, arranging, engineering, mixing, and creative crisis control. Today, he’s known as one of the best sound engineers and composers in the business, and we’re lucky to have had him be a part of this project.

Based in New York City as a music supervisor at Noble Media Management, Kahne has been a standout in the music industry since the 1990s. Starting out as a musician with Capitol Records, he quickly fell in love with artist development and in-house production and sound engineering. His first executive position was as Director of A&R for San Francisco’s 415 Records, which was the first punk/new wave label in the country. This led to Kahne becoming vice president of A&R for Columbia Records, and later Warner Bros. Records.

In 1995, Kahne produced MTV Unplugged: Tony Bennett, which won a Grammy for Album of the Year. That same year he collaborated with composer John Moran on his opera featuring poet Allen Ginsberg, “Mathew in the School of Life.” He’s no stranger to the film industry, either –– Kahne wrote and produced 2003’s “Bloom” soundtrack, and composed and performed the score for the 2011 movie “Magic Trip.” He also wrote the score for “The Armstrong Lie,” a biographical film about cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Working directly with bands and solo musicians is another aspect of Kahne’s career. Most notably he discovered the Dirty Pearls at a music festival, later producing their debut album.

From producing award-winning records and artists to composing vocal and instrumental masterpieces, Kahne is a music industry legend. We’re grateful he left his magic touch on Moja: A Music Saga, too.

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