photo by Eric Lombart

photo by Eric Lombart

Dan Wessels is a Los Angeles-based composer, songwriter and pianist.

Recent credits include:

"Frequency Bandits", a sci-fi radio comedy, streaming on Alpha, produced by Pilgrim Media Group and Nerdist.  Dan composed all the music, and performs live for seven of the ten episodes.

An original song for the 2017 Streamy awards (now at over 1 million views) co-written and performed with Jon Cozart.

Dan wrote and produced the original score for "Improvising", a sitcom pilot by Micah Sherman that received the Red Arrow Entertainment and Left/Right Development Award at the 2015 New York Television Festival.  Dan also worked with Micah on his In 2014 documentary "LIKE ME: A Documentary About Social Media", a feature-length film directed by Michael Kuell, which delves into how comedians uses social media in today's creative world.

Dan has composed music for many corporate clients, including MFS, UTC, Paperspace, and Shiftgig.com.

Dan is music director for the music improv group Baby Wants Candy, which performs every Friday in Los Angeles at Upright Citizen’s Brigade's Sunset location. Dan has music directed sold out runs of Baby Wants Candy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Dan is also co-composer and co-author for the hit show “50 Shades! The Musical”, which played to sold out crowds Off-Broadway and on its North American Tour, and a three year run at Bally’s in Las Vegas.  International productions played in Italy,SpainGermany and Amsterdam, and Paris(the "50 Shades! The Musical" soundtrack is also on iTunes, too!)

Dan is co-composer and co-author of "Thrones! The Musical Parody", a hit musical that satirizes "Game of Thrones" and the phenomenon surrounding it. "Thrones! The Musical Parody" playing in Chicago and Los Angeles, following sold-out runs at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

Dan composes songs and music directs at many of Los Angeles' biggest comedy theaters, including Upright Citizen's Brigade, Groundlings, and Second City Hollywood.  "Undateable", Second City Hollywood's longest running show, played to sold-out houses every week from May 2013 to December 2016.  "Undateable" has expanded to a 2 act show called "#DateMe", which has regular runs at Second City Chicago's UP Theater.