About

Damon

Damon Criswell is an award-winning American composer, producer and orchestrator best known for his film and television scores. He has a versatility, knowledge and mastery of various musical styles along with a command of technology which all blend with his swift work ethic and easy demeanor. Damon excels at creating thematically atmospheric music and textures with an intuitive awareness of making a statement through the music via juxtapositions or counterpoints. He can also fluidly and energetically lead a scene with the music, syncing to motions. His courage to offer unexplored ideas in the landscape of the music reveals his unwavering goal to capture the meaningful vision of directors and producers, resulting in moving aural portraitures or dynamic scenes of life.

 

Damon was honored at the 2013 BMI Film and Television Awards for composing music for one of the past year’s top-grossing network television series, Disney’s animated series Fish Hooks. The honor was bestowed upon him, in collaboration with Andy Sturmer, for the highest rated music on Disney by a BMI composer. In 2012, Damon was honored as a nominee for Best Original Music at the Academy of Web Television Awards for his score for the web series Continuum.  He also served as a Guest Panelist at the 2012 New Media Live event. Shoot Magazine awarded Best Music for a Commercial to the SONY Bravia “Ballet” campaign for which Damon wrote the music.  He was also a nominee for the 168-Hour Film Project as Best Composer for his score for Still Born, judged by Ralph Winter (X-Men Producer) and Mark Clayman (The Pursuit of Happyness Executive Producer) among distinguished others.

 

Most recently, Damon completed the riveting music for the faith-based feature film Beyond The Farthest Star. This film demanded great acuity and sensitivity with subtle, yet powerful themes.  Additional feature film credits include Cooper and the Castle Hills Gang, Ben 10: Race Against Time, Scooby Doo: Music of The Vampire and The Final. In earlier days, Damon wrote numerous theatrical trailers. His music has been recorded and performed by the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and the Nashville String Machine.

 

For the past few years, Damon has composed over 120 episodes for Disney’s animated series’ Fish Hooks and Kick Buttowski. His music is heard worldwide on the NFL Network, FOX Sports, CNN, NBC, A&E, Nat GEO, Saturday Night Live, Golf Channel, Outdoor Channel and on many other international shows. His music was also used in the feature film Paul Blart Mall Cop.

 

Damon’s years as a proficient jazz pianist/keyboardist and his time studying classical piano with international artist Pamela Mia Paul, lend well to his producing talents. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Arranging from the University of North Texas and graduated from the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he won many Downbeat awards.