31 Facts About Aaron Dessner


Aaron Brooking Dessner was born on April 23,1976 and is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer.


Aaron Dessner is best known as a founding member of the rock band the National, with whom he has recorded nine studio albums; a co-founder of the indie rock duo Big Red Machine, teaming with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon; and a collaborator on Taylor Swift's studio albums Folklore and Evermore, both of which contended for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2021 and 2022, respectively, with the former winning the accolade.


Aaron Dessner co-founded and curates three music festivals: Eaux Claires in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, alongside his Big Red Machine partner Vernon; HAVEN in Copenhagen with his brother Bryce, and Boston Calling Music Festival.


Aaron Dessner grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio with his twin brother, Bryce Aaron Dessner.


Aaron Dessner was raised as Jewish and has Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish ancestry.


Aaron Dessner went on to study Modern European History at Columbia University.


The band's self-titled first album was released in 2001 on Brassland Records, a label Aaron Dessner co-founded along with his brother Bryce and Alec Hanley Bemis.

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Aaron Dessner has production credits on all of the band's albums since Alligator.


In 2008, Aaron Dessner sent Justin Vernon an instrumental sketch of a song called "Big Red Machine" for the compilation album Dark Was the Night.


The album was produced by Aaron Dessner and featured many guests and many of his previous collaborators, including Ben Howard, Sharon Van Etten, and Taylor Swift.


Outside of his work with the National, Aaron Dessner has helped produce work for several other artists.


Aaron Dessner worked with singer Sharon Van Etten on her album, Tramp.


Van Etten and Aaron Dessner spent over fourteen months working in his studio, finally releasing the album to widespread critical success.


Aaron Dessner produced Local Natives' second full-length album Hummingbird, in 2013.


Aaron Dessner was first introduced to the band while on tour with the National.


Aaron Dessner produced the Lone Bellow's 2020 album Half Moon Light and co-wrote several tracks on it.


Aaron Dessner co-wrote and produced the acclaimed debut of UK songwriter Eve Owen, Don't Let the Ink Dry, released in 2020.


Aaron Dessner subsequently produced and co-wrote her eighth studio album, Folklore.


Aaron Dessner co-produced British singer-songwriter Ben Howard's fourth studio album, Collections from the Whiteout, alongside Howard himself, which was released on March 26,2021.


Additionally, Aaron Dessner produced Day of the Dead, which was released in 2016, and Dark Was the Night, both of which are AIDS charity compilations for the Red Hot Organization; and Doveman's 2009 release The Conformist.


In 2009, Aaron Dessner contributed a track to the Dark Was the Night compilation.


Aaron Dessner is a frequent collaborator with a wide range of musicians, including his brother and bandmate Bryce Aaron Dessner.


Bryce and Aaron Dessner have performed "St Carolyn by the Sea" and "Raphael" with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta during the Holland Festival.


In October 2011, Aaron Dessner joined his brother to perform "St Carolyn by the Sea" with the American Composers Orchestra at The World Financial Center in New York City.


Aaron Dessner played an important role in the National's contribution to the HBO show Game of Thrones.

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In December 2012, Aaron Dessner curated a day of Other Voices, an Irish music festival that aired live on RTE Two in Ireland.


Aaron Dessner brought three bands to Other Voices: Luluc, This Is the Kit and Local Natives.


Aaron Dessner co-founded the record label 37d03d with Justin Vernon and Bryce Aaron Dessner.


Alongside Alec Hanley Bemis and Bryce Aaron Dessner, Aaron Dessner founded Brassland Records, a label that has released albums from the National, This Is the Kit, Clogs, Doveman and Nico Muhly.


Aaron Dessner often plays a 1965 Gibson Firebird purchased on eBay and refurbished.


Aaron Dessner is a keen soccer fan and an avid supporter of Liverpool FC.