Born in Chambéry, France, in 1980, David Chalmin is a composer, producer, sound engineer and musician. He grew up in a strongly musical environment and after some years of piano studies, he began playing the electric guitar at the age of 14. His various collaborations extend from classical music to avant-garde.
In March 2017 he wrote the original music for Madonna's short film "Her Story" filmed by Luigi & Iango.
He's a member of Triple Sun together with Massimo Pupillo and Raphaël Séguinier.
Their first album The City Lies in Ruins was released by Consouling sounds in May 2016.
They created in 2016 a project around Moondog that was premiered in Nuits de Fourvière (Lyon) with Katia Labèque, Marie-Agnès Gillot, Yaman Okur and Stephane Deheselle. In September 2016 they joined Bryce & Aaron Dessner (The National), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) for the concert Invisible Bridge at the Paris Philharmonie.
In 2015 David's ballet Star-Cross'd Lovers was premiered at the Cité de la Musique. This original composition for pianists Katia & Marielle Labèque, electric guitar and drums is based on the Shakespearean drama Romeo and Juliet. It accompanies a choreography for 7 dancers created by world renowned break-dancer Yaman Okur. This piece has been performed in various venues amongst which Théâtre du Châtelet, Luzern KKL, Montpellier Festival, Dortmund and Auditorium de Bordeaux.
In 2014 he was commissioned by the WDR orchestra in Köln to compose an orchestral suite of arrangements of Bernard Herrmann's film scores interpreted by the orchestra, Katia Labèque and her rock band in which he performs as guitarist.
In 2013, he teamed up with Raphaël Séguinier to create the rock duet UBUNOIR. Their self-produced EP was released in may 2014.
David created his own studio in the center of Paris in 2009 (Studio K) where he does most of his productions. Since 2012, he also manages the Studio KML created by pianists Katia & Marielle Labèque in Rome, Italy. He produced and recorded there, all most recent releases of Katia and Marielle Labèque (Invocation, Sisters, Minimalist Dream House, Shape of my Heart, Satie, Bernstein/Gershwin).
Since 2013 David Chalmin collaborates with British singer Matt Elliott as a co-producer (The Calm Before 2016 and Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart 2013) and guitarist.
He is also singing and playing guitar with the Labèque sisters in their Minimalist Dream House project, which has been performed at Cité de la Musique Paris, Disney Hall (Los Angeles), Toronto Summer Festival, Auditorium Bordeaux, Odyssud Blagnac, King's Place London...
David regularly composes and works for moving images. Collaborations include directors Felix Cabez, Cedric Ido, Antonin Martin-Hilbert, video artists Nathalie Joffre, Luigi & Iango...
Other engineer/producer credits include Shannon Wright, The National, Gaspar Claus, Pedro Soler, Angélique Ionatos, Sting, Nadéah, B For Bang, Kalakan, Perrine en Morceaux, King, Padbrapad, Mukhtyiar Ali, Mathias Duplessy, Lucrèce Sassella, Antoine Sahler, François Morel, etc...
During previous collaborations, David has played many concerts in Europe and around the world with Nadéah, B for Bang, Red Velvet and Dimension X (Massimo Pupillo/Chris Corsano).