Daniel Amalm (currently based in Los Angeles, CA) is one of Australia's most versatile and innovative Musicians as well as an internationally recognized Actor. From humble beginnings as a young street performer and Guitar disciple of his Father, Daniel has explored almost every genre of guitar playing imaginable from Classical/Spanish, Flamenco, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Metal to Latin/Funk,... more
Daniel Amalm (currently based in Los Angeles, CA) is one of Australia's most versatile and innovative Musicians as well as an internationally recognized Actor. From humble beginnings as a young street performer and Guitar disciple of his Father, Daniel has explored almost every genre of guitar playing imaginable from Classical/Spanish, Flamenco, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Metal to Latin/Funk, Electronic/Experimental and most recently Deep/Tech House, all whilst appearing as a regular face on our television and film screens for over a decade .
Daniel's expressive and heart driven playing was noticeable early on. As a keen guitar student of his Father, who had him plucking away at the age of Five, Daniel's first performances were as street performer. It was during one Daniel's street performances when a tour manager of Jazz legend George Benson discovered Daniel and his Brother performing their blues fused flamenco blend, just blocks away from where George himself was to perform that evening. The Amalm Brothers were invited to jam with the Jazz master George during his sound check. So impressed by their finger work and passion for playing, George Benson made a donation towards their efforts in saving for a new Guitars and encouraged them with the words personally signed by him on their busking license "Keep on playing!".
Some months later, at the age of twelve, Daniel won a scholarship to study Music at the prestigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), and studied Classical Guitar under Julian Byzantine. Daniel furthered his studies at the Trinity College of Music London and received honors in all levels 1 -8. He was awarded the youngest Guitarist with highest levels achieved at the time and received 1st & 2nd place in the 9th Interstate and National Classical Spanish Guitar Competition at the age of thirteen, performing pieces by Classical and Latin Jazz Guitar masters Andre Segovia and Jorge Morel.
In 1993 Daniel performed as one of the guitarists in "An Angel Moves Too Fast To See" written by Rhys Chatham for 100 electric guitars for the Brisbane Biennial (Australia) before trying his hand at Acting for the first time. A chance audition for the television soap opera series Home and Away landed Daniel in his first television role as the character of Jack Wilson, at fourteen years of age. Daniel was nominated for a 'Most Popular New Talent Logie Award in 1995 and In 1996 left Home and Away and signed to Alberts/EMI recording a single, "Classical Gas", which was a Top 21 hit on the ARIA Charts and the first Dance instrumental of it's kind to be played on commercial radio. "Classical gas" reached No.5 on the Dance Charts and was followed up by another single "Honey Dip Girl", which was voted No. 1 on Network Ten's Video Hits for 5 consecutive weeks. Changing musical direction, Daniel dedicated the next few years focusing on his playing and developing his original sound performing in the live circuit as a session Guitarist with various established Latin/Rock bands, while making brief return to Acting in 2000 on "Home and Away" and the popular medical drama series of it's time "All Saints" (Network 7) and "Tripping Over" (Network 10).
In more recent years, Daniel's been recognized internationally by his powerful performance in Nine Network's gritty drama series "Underbelly" in 2008, playing Melbourne underworld figure, Dino Dibra. This was followed by his first Movie role as a leading man in the Australian film "Two Fists, One Heart" (Disney/Buena Vista International) which was released 19 March 2009 followed by his second Australian movie "Cedar Boys" winning the Audience Award during the 56th 2009 Sydney International Film Festival and nominated for "Best Film" category at the 2009 Kodak Inside Film Awards in Sydney. "Cedar Boys" was an official selection in many festivals including Vancouver, Chicago, Antalya, Dubai and the 2010 London Australian Film Festival. released July 2009.
In 2009, Daniel began a regular role for three seasons in "Rescue: Special Ops" as Jordan Zwitkowski - Nine Network's highest rating drama series of the time and Gold Medal winner for International Drama Series (New York). During the shooting of Rescue, Daniel also co-hosted FOX8's adaptation of the US boxing reality series "The Contender".
Aside from Acting, Presenting and Musical Performances, Daniel has worked as a specialized music teacher in Classical, Flamenco and Rock Guitar in Brisbane, Australia and in Barcelona, Spain. He wrote and released a single with the Alternative/Metal band OP25 in which is brother plays drums, contributing to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of "Two Fists One Heart" with a song called "Like No Other". The Amalm Brothers have recorded an unplugged acoustic fusion album "Woodcore" - an eclectic mix of Classical, Latin, Jazz, Blues and Rumba Flamenco - which is currently in the stages of being mixed for release.
Daniel continues to perform, produce and collaborate, establishing himself as an atmospheric solo Guitarist and one of kind live act performing live with house music DJs. Daniel's unique blend of Guitar and electronic music is creating a new wave in the house music scene throughout Europe. This rare, one of a kind (maybe only) live fusion of Guitar and House music caught the immediate attention of renowned DJs and Producers across Europe and launched him into countless collaborations in 2012/2013 spanning the USA (Los Angeles, New York) - Norway (Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger) - UK (London) - Malta and Spain (Barcelona, Ibiza).less