Born and raised in North-West London, UK – a hive of soul and reggae music culture; producer and future proprietor of Vybrant Music, David Brant grew up listening to the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin and many other soul, pop & funk greats. Drumming was his main passion and soon took up the piano as his natural musical talent progressed into music composition.
When he left school, he studied music technology at Sir John Cass (Metropolitan) University, before jumping deep into studio engineering and programming at Boundary Row Studios in Blackfriars, S.E London. This is where David cut his teeth recording, mixing and mastering for some of the biggest dance artists of the 90’s, such as: Hooj Choons, Rob Dougan (Matrix Soundtrack), John The Dentist, JX (Son Of A Gun), Arthur Baker (Babylon Zoo, Hall & Oats), JD Braithwaite (Total Contrast), Bobby & Steve (Kiss FM) and Victor Siminelli (NYC DJ/Remixer) to name just a few. David also worked with (now sadly departed) TV & Film composer, David Ferguson, on TV dramas and films such as Robbie Coltrane’s Cracker, Bravo Two Zero (Sean Bean) and Ruth Rendell’s ‘Dark Adapted Eye’.
In the mid 90s, David signed his first publishing deal to Reverb Music Ltd, built upon his work with UK girl band N-Tyce, who were signed to Telstar UK/Columbia Records U.S. After setting up his own private studio, David built upon his production skills, developing various artists and worked with some of the best co-writers in the industry.
David went on to co-write and produce a song called ‘Why?’ which he demo’ed with up and coming UK girl group Mis-Teeq, made up of Alesha Dixon (Britain’s Got Talent), Sabrina Washington and Su Elise Nash. David’s friend – DJ Darren Stokes (Tin Tin Out), heard the song and introduced David to successful dance label Inferno Records, who signed the track and the girls to a singles deal. Later the next year they gained an official no.8 UK chart position in 2001. On the back of that breakthrough song, David also co-penned and originally produced ‘All I Want‘, which topped the charts at No.2 with the Sunship remix in July that same year, beating Eminem but pipped to the no.1 post by Shaggy’s huge hit ‘It Wasn’t Me’. ‘All I Want‘ is still to this day one of Mis-Teeq’s most successful and popular singles. Subsequently, Mis-teeq’s debut album ‘Lickin On Both Sides’ flew into the top.3 of the UK album charts gaining double platinum BPI status.
On the back of those hit singles, David and his team were asked to write with new V2 Records signing Liberty X. They wrote a track called ‘I Got What You Want’ on the album ‘Thinking It Over‘ which went top 3 in the UK album charts and soon sold over double platinum (600,000+) status. David also co-wrote/produced ‘Stop Stop’ plus other songs for beautiful R&B/Pop girlband, Tymes 4, who signed to A&R man Daren Dixon at Edel Records. Their debut album ‘4 Story’ was released in Europe and to Avex in Japan and Asia.
David’s reputation as a songwriter and producer grew, and he still continued to nurture new acts. In early 2003 David met up with Suffolk based artist, Nate James and worked for over 2 years developing his sound. The breakthrough single ‘Set The Tone‘ (co-written with Nate James & Dawn Joseph), threw Nate into the music industry’s spotlight, gaining huge support from the top R&B DJ’s in the UK including Ronnie Herel from Radio 1Xtra, and garnered huge support on TV from MTVbase. Nate’s debut album ‘Set The Tone’ was licensed and released internationally, most notably to EMI Japan, where the album became a big hit, selling in excess of 1 million albums. Nate was also nominated in the UK for the MOBO awards, and several other R&B/Soul awards. David was asked back to the production helm for Nate James’ 3rd album for EMI Japan, a covers album called ‘Revival‘, which was a collection of classic soul songs from the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. Nate later released a compilation of his greatest singles on an album called ‘Restored‘, which featured a lot of David’s recordings.
Following on from his past successes, David found a new protege: singer-songwriter, Stewart Mac. After working closely together for a few months, he soon discovered they were building up to a debut album entitled ‘From Cautious Intent‘. They decided to soft-release the album on i-Tunes, when Stewart made a breakthrough and won ‘The London Paper’ competition to support Bon Jovi in the summer of ’08. This gave Stewart a chance to get the music heard by up to 60,000 Bon Jovi fans and won a few hearts over with rave reviews.
Stewart went on to steal another heart – Former CEO of EMI Asia, went on to license Stewart Mac’s album onto Gold Typhoon Records in China. This ultimately lead to gaining a successful debut single called ‘I Love You’ (written originally by famous Chinese artist David Tao) produced and re-worked by David Brant, and they released the album, achieving a No.1 Western Chart position in China in February 2010, with over 80 million streams.
Currently David continues to build his profile as one of the UK’s finest crossover producers, specialising in all pop crossover genres of music. He has worked with top UK artists such as Zarif (Sony/RCA), Corrine Cherish, Rajiv (JRM Ent.), MC Blaze Blackheart, Katy Coffey, Martinique Bennett, Horacio Junior (Majestic Records) and singer/songwriter Katerina Bramley (Notting Hill Music). Vybrant Music currently is developing Rajiv & UK rapper Mr Arch, & Martinique Bennett.