The Tennessean

February 4, 2016

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The B-52s

“David Campbell did the Hollywood Bowl orchestra arrangements, and they were so phenomenal. We got a mock-up of them beforehand. He said, ‘Are there any comments?’ I just said, ‘Go for it. Go wild!’ …”

-Kate Pierson Interviewed by Dave Paulson
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Rolling Stone

December 3, 2015


Dream Theater

Dream Theater bolstered its sound on The Astonishing with a full orchestra, multiple choirs and a clutch of unorthodox instruments. Enlisted to muster those forces was David Campbell, a veteran conductor and orchestrator whose extensive credits include work for film, Broadway, and more than 450 gold and platinum albums by the likes of Paul McCartney, Rush, My Chemical Romance and Campbell’s son, Beck.

-Steve Smith
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D Magazine

May 18, 2015


St. Vincent

“Of course, it’s nothing new for a pop star to collaborate with an orchestra, but this performance was more fully integrated than any I’ve seen before. […]visually and musically there was always equilibrium. Bows bounced to the beat against strings, trumpets and trombones blurted out catchy riffs, and the harp and marimba provided interesting textural range.”

-Catherine Womack
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Huffington Post

March 5, 2015

Campbell is an “arranger, orchestrator, conductor and sometimes session player,” and he’s worked on some of the biggest albums of the last 50 years: Adele’s “21,” Taylor Swift’s “Red,” Carole King’s “Tapestry” and Justin Timberlake’s” FutureSex/LoveSounds” (as well as many of his son’s albums including “Morning Phase”). Campbell also played viola during recording sessions for Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” among others.
Sounds like a man who is an artist and respects the artistry.
-Stephanie Marcus
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Toronto Star

June 14, 2014

You may think an artist, such as Beck, who has sold more than 10 million records, is a big deal, but meet the man who has helped sell nearly 1 billion.
His dad.
Toronto-born David Campbell may not be as publicly renowned as his son, but as an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and sometimes session player, he’s appeared on some of the biggest albums of the past five decades…

-Nick Krewen
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Wall Street Journal

May 20, 2014

David Campbell

“I’ve never had an elitist point of view,” the lanky, thoughtful Mr. Campbell said here at the Norton Simon Museum, a short drive from his Glendale home. “I really believe the best music provokes an instant, visceral response.” He mentioned as an example his orchestration for the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” one of the biggest hits of the 1990s…

-Jim Fusilli
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