D. S. Bradford

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D. S. Bradford
D. S. Bradford performing live at The Grape Room, Philadelphia, PA on May 12, 2016
Photograph of D. S. Bradford performing live at The Grape Room, Philadelphia, PA on May 12, 2016
Background information
Birth nameDavid Scott Bradford
Also known asD. S. Bradford
Born (1982-12-10) December 10, 1982 (age 38)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • record producer,
  • actor
  • director
  • animator
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • drums
  • keyboards
Years active2007–present
  • Sony Music
  • Sugo Music Group
  • Equinox By Fireside Music
D. S. Bradford
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
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D. S. Bradford (born David Scott Bradford, December 10, 1982) is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based American musical artist, guitarist, and composer. In addition, Bradford is a visual artist and journalist. His debut single, "Oceans," was released July 1, 2014.[1][2][3]

Bradford stated in an interview with Vents Magazine that he was born in Boston, Massachusetts and inspired by his parents – classical singers and theatrical performers.[4] This upbringing lead to songwriting and composing music for film, television, and video games.[5] In early 2015, Bradford joined the producers of an MMORPG video game entitled Saga Of Lucimia as the composer of the soundtrack.[6] On January 8, 2016, Bradford released "Elemental Evolution", the title track for his album, released on August 5, 2016.[3][7][8][9]

Early development[edit]

Bradford started to write songs in 2007 while with his band Certain Tragedy.[10] In 2010, Bradford was under the tutelage of artist development coach, songwriter, and A&R representative Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, et al.).[11][12] Bradford subsequently joined BMI as a songwriter and started a solo career.[13][14]

In 2010, Bradford performed live at venues under his full name throughout the Philadelphia region, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York City. Included were shows sponsored by Philadelphia rock radio station WMMR (93.3 FM).[15]



In 2014, Bradford's debut single "Oceans" was released, accompanied by hand-drawn cover art.[1][2][11] Following the success of his first single, Bradford created the cover for the Elemental Evolution EP. Bradford finished the collection of songs that comprised Elemental Evolution, releasing the titular track on January 8, 2016.[3][12][16][17] The unabridged version of artwork is contained within the physical CD version of Elemental Evolution, each song having a corresponding illustration. The album was released on August 5, 2016.[5]

In 2016, he resumed performing in support of his release, Elemental Evolution.[18]

Art and animation[edit]

In addition to artwork related to his own releases, Bradford has created artwork for artists like Vino Alan, Josh Eppard, and Evil Ink Records, the record label offshoot of Evil Ink Comics.[19][20]


Bradford is a journalist and has written articles as an expert in the fields of technology and music.[21][22]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Bradford's musical styling has been described by AllMusic as a fusion of Pop/Punk, alternative, and progressive rock.[3] His compositions also have a clear indication of being inspired by classical music, as is heard throughout Elemental Evolution.[6][17] Bradford's music is inspired by groups like Coheed and Cambria, Nirvana, Bayside, and Jimmy Eat World.[3][17]

Personal life[edit]

D. S. Bradford currently resides near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his family.



  • "Oceans" (July 1, 2014)
  • "Elemental Evolution" (January 8, 2016)


  • Elemental Evolution (August 5, 2016)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "D. S. Bradford - Oceans (Single) - Release Date - AbsolutePunk.net". 2014-07-26. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Discogs (July 1, 2014). "D. S. Bradford "Oceans" Release". Discogs.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Monger, James Christopher (July 2014). "David S. Bradford On AllMusic". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  4. "INTERVIEW: D. S. BRADFORD". Vents Magazine. 2014-08-28. Archived from the original on 2014-08-28.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Adams, Leah (November 2, 2016). "An Interview With The Very Promising Musician, D. S. Bradford". All Access.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "The Team - The Saga of Lucimia". 2015-03-09. Archived from the original on 2015-03-09.
  7. "D. S. Bradford To Release New EP 'Elemental Evolution'". Muzic Magazine. July 25, 2016. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  8. "Exclusive Premiere D. S. Bradford Oceans Lyric Video". Music Existence. November 13, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  9. "Review: D. S. Bradford - Elemental Evolution". Underground Music Collective. July 30, 2016.
  10. Certain Tragedy (September 2008). "Certain Tragedy "The Opposite of Love Isn't Hate, It's Jealousy (Concert Video)". (VIDEO). Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Schmitt, Rochelle (July 10, 2014). "Featured Video: "Oceans" by D. S. Bradford". Niji Magazine. Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Jonathan Frahm (January 29, 2016). "D.S. Bradford - "Elemental Evolution" (audio) (premiere)". PopMatters.com. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  13. "D. S. Bradford New Music And Songs MTV". 2014-07-26. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26.
  14. "BMI Artist Repertoire". BMI. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  15. Eventful.com (September 18, 2010). "Concert listing: David Scott Bradford: Live at Dave & Busters Dockside Music Fest". Philadelphia.eventful.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  16. "D. S. Bradford Elemental Evolution (Single)". Hype Machine. January 21, 2016.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Dolan, Shelagh (August 9, 2016). "D.S. Bradford Drops Daring Debut". Indie Band Guru. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  18. Mantis Music Showcase LIVE at The Trocadero at the Wayback Machine (archived January 16, 2017)
  19. Evil Ink Records Portfolio (June 22, 2020). "D. S. Bradford Featured Projects: Evil Ink Records".
  20. Weerd Science (November 24, 2015). "Weerd Science: The Seer Announcement (Credit found in comments)". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  21. "D. S. Bradford, Author TNW". The Next Web.
  22. "D. S. Bradford on MuckRack". muckrack.com.

External links[edit]

  • List of people from Philadelphia
  • List of piano composers
  • List of progressive rock artists
  • List of alternative rock artists

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