Los Angeles resident Danny Saber is a veritable studio wizard whose multifaceted skills as a musician, writer, producer, engineer, remixer and DJ have seen him work with a long and varied list of major artists including the likes of David Bowie, Sheryl Crow, MarilynManson, U2, The Rolling Stones, Public Enemy, Willie Nelson, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, and Madonna. His stint in the 90s as a member of seminal British outfit Black Grape showcased his myriad abilities and jump-started his reputation as a “go-to” music man. Saber has also made a name for himself in the film arena with his captivating and creative soundtrack and score work.
Saber fostered a love of funk, heavy metal and hard rock while growing up, and first hit the L.A. club scene as a member of funk/hip-hop group Proper Grounds, the first band to be signed to Maverick Records. Signed to EMI and relocated to the UK, in 1993 Saber joined forces with the legendary Shaun Ryder, former front man of the Happy Mondays, the mega Manchester phenomenon that led the late 80s/early 90s rave and club movement. The stellar result was the critically acclaimed Black Grape album, It’s GreatWhen You’re Straight...Yeah, which debuted at #1 on the UK charts and spawned a slewof hit singles including, “In the Name of the Father.” Saber co-wrote a number of tracks and produced the album in addition to playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and organ. He then went on to sport even more hats on the band’s second album, Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, with multi-instrumental credits including the sitar alongside writing, producing, arranging, and engineering nods.
Saber went on to produce and perform on the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon album. In the late 90s he waved his magic wand and turned out a string of high-profile remixes including Garbage’s “Stupid Girl,” Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People,” U2’s “Staring at the Sun” and David Bowie’s “Little Wonder.”
He then turned his considerable talent to film and TV composing. His music drove commercials for McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Coors Beer (an inspired usage of his remix of Tom Jones’ 70s smash “She’s a Lady”). Saber’s gift for bridging the gap between soundtrack and score saw him work on a wide range of studio and independent films.
In the meantime, his work with other artists continued to burgeon. He worked with thelate INXS star Michael Hutchence, producing and co-writing his solo album; the pair played together at the infamous Viper Room in LA just days before Hutchence’s untimely death. A feature documentary was completed in late 2017 for Seven networks Australia and is currently being recut for international release, along with an album of new music. The Aussie version of the film was nominated for a Loggie (Emmy) including Moulin Rouge!, The Limey, Waist Deep, The Jackal, Alpha Dog, Blade II, S.W.A.T., The Love Guru, Go!, Played, and many more.
Danny Saber is as eclectic and accomplished as they get. Ensconced in his state of the art studio, he will write up a storm, record every instrument himself, engineer and produce away, and abracadabra – emerge with a polished and perfected work bearing his unique stamp. He is as dedicated as ever to utilizing his broad-minded, cutting-edge approach to organically creating new music. We can’t wait to hear what he conjures up next!