Brady Cohan

Brady
Cohan

Composer


Brady Cohan is a composer, guitarist, and recording artist based in Los Angeles, California. His music can be heard in such projects as Good Girls (NBC), The Bold Type (Freeform), Crashing (HBO), Sun Records(CMT), and Chee and T (winner of the Grand Jury Prize for comedy at the LA Film Festival). He also works alongside decorated score composer Lyle Workman. 

As a musician, Brady Cohan inhabits multiple creative worlds. He is a key part of the vital Downtown LA jazz scene that features musicians such as Sam GendelSam Wilkes (featured on Studies, Vol. 1) and Josiah Steinbrick. His session guitar playing has seen him tour alongside giants such as Stewart CopelandQueen LatifahStanley ClarkeNatalie Cole and countless more. 

In 2020, Brady debuted the first release of his ongoing album series via tastemaker UK experimental label, Phantom LimbStudies, Vol. 1 distills Brady’s contrasting musical influences and backgrounds into a uniquely eloquent instrumental collection, subtly energizing and brimming with life. A record, he writes, that “connects the way I play the guitar with the kind of music I want to write. 

Studies, Vol. 1 is a set of miniatures that I wrote as a means to explore various techniques relating to the guitar and electronics. Some of the material was based solely around guitar improvisations, while some was more carefully planned out with defined forms and musical material. The process of writing and recording this record took on another unexpected function for me as well: it was therapeutic. With all the craziness that is 2020, it felt really nice to have a positive outlet to direct some of what I’ve been feeling. I hope this music can serve as a source of comfort, as it did me, for anyone else who might need it.” – Phantom Limb

On, Studies, Vol. 2, Brady approaches the second edition of this fascinating series with dark sparsity. Brady describes Studies, Vol. 2 as “a study in gestures”. Thematically, it acts as a continuation of the same musical landscapes ventured by December 2020’s first Studies volume – the same skilled, agile handling of guitar and electronics; the same radical chill of downtown LA’s jazz scene; the same distillation of musical mastery honed by years of composing film score. However, this new edition minimizes the lush, slow-mo Malibu balm of the previous iteration in favor of a rarefied and subtle intensity. Where guest musician Sam Wilkes’ bassline in Vol. 1 quietly grooves, Sam Gendel’s treated saxophone in Vol. 2’s “Begin Again” smears and smudges an already-blurred canvas. “This record was an act of self-preservation,” writes Brady. – Phantom Limb

Brady also presented a sequence of videos via ClotMag corresponding to three tracks from Studies, Vol. 2:

Begin Again, the track of choice for the opening video sees LA master musician Sam Gendel turning Brady’s strange, echoing sonics into a nocturnal backdrop of dreamlike haze. while the video recreates a delicate 3D pointmapped space. With minimalistic colours and expression, the shapes foldings and expansions, elegantly follow the sound and nocturnal dreaminess. That nowhere land in between awakeness and sleep.” – ClotMag 

“For Rally, Cohan tells us he really wanted the video to draw the viewer into this otherworldly space and illuminate the various subtleties happening in the music. The piece is based on a single repetitive musical gesture, with various other elements coming in and out as it progresses.  He wanted the animation to react to the music in such a way that brought attention to those other, less obvious, elements.” – ClotMag

“For capitOl pt. 2, Cohan tells us is the darkest piece on the EP, as it deals with the actual breaching of the Capitol building.  I used a public domain film of a protest from Griffith Park in 1933 as the backdrop for the video.  I mangled and abstracted the footage to the point where it was almost unrecognizable, which gives the video the ominous and foreboding tone I wanted.” – ClotMag

Studies, Vol. 3 is due for release on Phantom Limb in 2022.

Selected Credits


TELEVISION

The Machinery (Composer, Additional Music) 
Viaplay
Director: Richard Holm
Producers: Martin Persson, Mia Welin, Karolina Heimburg
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Hanna Alstrom, Julia Schacht

Good Girls (Composer, Additional Music) 
NBC 
Director: Michael Weaver 
Producers: Howard Grigsby, Jenna Bans, Bill Krebs 
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Reno Wilson

The Bold Type (Composer, Additional Music) 
Freeform 
Director: Victor Nelli Jr. 
Producers: Sandrine Gros d’Aillon, Celine Geiger, James L. Thompson III 
Starring: Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Meghann Fahy

Crashing (Composer, Additional Music) 
HBO 
Director: Ryan McFaul 
Producers: Oren Brimer, Igor Srubshchik, Joshua Church, Judd Apatow 
Starring: Pete Holmes, George Basil, Jamie Lee

TELEVISION (CONTINUED)

Love (Composer, Additional Music) 
Netflix 
Director: Dean Holland 
Producers: Judd Apatow, Michael Lewen, Paul Rust 
Starring: Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Claudia O’Doherty

Sun Records (Composer, Additional Music) 
CMT 
Director: Roland Joffe 
Producers: Colin Escott, Adam Freeman, Gail Gilchriest 
Starring: Chad Michael Murray, Margaret Anne Florence

FILM

The Thief Collector (Documentary – Additional Music) 
Museum & Crane
Director: Allison Otto
Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Joshua A. Kunau, Jill Latiano
Starring: Sarah Minnich, Scott Takeda

Good Boys (Music Programmer) 
Universal Pictures 
Director: Gene Stupnitsky 
Producers: Lee Eisenberg, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogan, James Weaver 
Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

FILM (CONTINUED)

Chee and T (Composer) 
Comedy Dynamics 
Director: Tanuj Chopra 
Producers: Sarah Craig, Griffin Gmelich, Sohini Sengupta 
Starring: Rebecca Hazlewood, Karan Soni, Noureen DeWulf 
* Winner, LA Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Comedy

PERFORMANCE 

Dancing With The Stars (House Band – Guitarist) 
ABC

The Four (House Band – Guitarist) 
FOX 

American Idol (House Band – Guitarist) 
FOX 

LIVE TOURING 

Stanley Clark Band (Guitarist) 
Natalie Cole (Guitarist)