Over the span of his career, singer/songwriter and Berklee College of Music alumni Munk Duane has morphed from DIY electronic evangelist, to angsty indie rocker, to song-driven acoustic, American roots & soul minimalist. Through this “de-evolution", Munk has grown into an artist with a singular approach to creating his sound that is at once traditional in its inception and modern in its... more
Over the span of his career, singer/songwriter and Berklee College of Music alumni Munk Duane has morphed from DIY electronic evangelist, to angsty indie rocker, to song-driven acoustic, American roots & soul minimalist. Through this “de-evolution", Munk has grown into an artist with a singular approach to creating his sound that is at once traditional in its inception and modern in its execution.
“I am not a Rock artist. My voice is too influenced by Stax 60's Soul, but I do love to play hard. I'm not a Country artist. I proudly brandish its adornments but I am not from the same stock and don't wish to insult anyone by pretending to be. I am not an Electronic artist. I love the creative manipulation of sound but I love traditional song structure more. I am not a Pop artist. Being born of The Beatles means accepting my inner John, as much as I identify as a Paul. I am all of these things and none of these things. It took my entire life to come to this realization. I'm just now learning to accept this.”
Munk has released four independent albums with songs that have been featured in over 250 television placements from CBS’s NCIS, NFL pre and post game shows and the 2010 Super Bowl Half-Time Show to multiple episodes of HBO’s The Sopranos, Disney XD and NCAA March Madness broadcasts, to name a few. The Berklee College of Music alumn has composed the musical score for the full-length indie features, and film festival award winners, “Conned” (Vanguard), “The House Across The Street” (staring Ethan Embry and Eric Roberts) and is in pre-production for “5 O'Clock Comes Early” (staring “Tron: Legacy’s” Beau Garrett and “Better Off Ted” star Jay Harrington). Munk is also in pre-production to write the score for his first television series (title undisclosed).
Munk Duane has been featured in major press including the Boston Globe, as well as Billboard Magazine in an article focusing on his grass-roots methodology which drove over 20,000 paid downloads without the assistance of a record label.
Boston Globe - “Munk crafts his music with intelligence and panache. Can superstar status be far behind?”
Munk is currently working on a new full-length album “Argue With Gravity” with New England Music Awards Producer of the Year (and band member) Sean McLaughlin. He plans to release songs and videos from the collection on a regular schedule over the course of 2014, along with episodes of his YouTube video blog “Subfamous”.
The Munk Duane Band live line-up features a host of Boston musical veterans. Tony Savarino (guitar) has been featured in Guitar World Magazine, Guitar for the Practicing Musician and Vintage Guitar Magazine. Sean McLaughin (bass) New England Music Awards Producer of the Year winner, has worked with artists such as Rush, Elliot Smith, and Marilyn Manson, and Mike Levesque (drums) has played with David Bowie, Seven Mary Three and Dave Navarro, to name a few.less