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Daan Hofman is an award winning composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, born and based in Amsterdam. For years he toured with his songs and wrote music for, theater, radio plays. In recent years he has mainly focussed on composing for film.

He is best known for his playful chamber music with a melancholic touch, delicate sounds and lyrical melodies. In all of this, storytelling and reflecting human condition is the key element of his work

After graduating from the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht as an actor with a special interest in music-theater, he wrote 2 albums with a mix of chanson, blues and Dutch lyrics. With 'Fakkels van suiker' (2008) and 'Frederic & de katoenvelden' (2014) he was praised by Heaven Magazine as "A musical storyteller, and a true chansonnier“

Since then he was seen in De Beste Singer-songwriter van Nederland, reached the semifinals of 'De Grote Prijs', and won the Prix de Publix at Concour de la Chanson with his performance of Jacques Brel's 'Mathilde'.

 

After years of touring, Daan went to study at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he got a degree in arranging and music production and also studied Composing for Film with Jurre Haanstra.

He started writing music for the stage and worked with theatre groups such as Orkater, tgEcho, and Amsterdamse Bos Theatre. In 2015 he was invited by the Kruller Muller Museum to compose the live radio play 'Seurat, catcher of light' as part of the George Seurat exhibition. Just recently he collaborated with publishing house WPG to write music for 3 children's books.

 

In 2015 Daan built his own studio and launched the songwriter project: Phonettes. With only an analog synthesizer, two guitars and a computer, he wrote, produced and performed all the songs on the debut EP ‘Algorithm Love’. Released in 2018 by TCBYML Amsterdam.

 

Things fell into place when Daan started composing for film. His traces in theatre, the love for storytelling and his musical omnivorism. He has scored a total of 15 short films, 5 animations, a feature film and 2 full-length documentaries. Two of his soundtracks were nominated for Best Music Score on the 48-hour film projects and he won the award in Rotterdam. More recently he composed the music for the BNNVara documentary ‘De Schrijver, de moordenaar & zijn Vrouw' by Twan Huys, broadcast on Dutch television.

 

Last year, things gained momentum. Daan won the BMIM Best New Talent award with his orchestral re-score of 'Danny and the wild bunch'. Followed by a winning award at the CAIFF Scoring Competition California (USA) with his score of ‘I'll Be Here’ by Tiffany Murray.

He worked on several filmproject: 'De Nestvlieder'dramedy by Martine van er Kolk, 'De Overkammer' an absurdist horror by Raymon Hilkman and 'Little Amsterdam' a dark comedy by Jörgen Scholtens. 

 

Daan recently finished a master's degree in Media Composition at Chichester University (UK) with an orchestral score for the animated feature film 'Jackboots on Whitehall'.  He lives with his wife and two sons near the Dutch seashore.