who am i?

My real name is Dylan Champagne. I make music, write lyrics and animate stuff. I started as a hometaper back in the days of cassettes. I wear many musical and artistic hats. I work as a freelance motion graphics artist and composer. I’ve released some albums, done some touring. I was in the band One Step Shift for many years. Other bands I’ve been involved with include The New Dysfunctions, Dylan Champagne & the Lost Explorers, Cape Flora, and Bigger Boat. I am an active member of the Immersion Composition Society and started the Oakland based ICS lodge “Capsicum Lodge.” I hold a bachelor’s in music composition from University of Idaho and an audio engineering certificate from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.

In Fall of 2015 I was prompted to write a score for the 1925 silent film Phantom of the Opera for a fundraising event at the Kenworthy Theater in Moscow, ID. The performance featured a live ensemble playing along with the film and took place in April of 2016 at the Kenworthy with Alan Gemberling conducting. Due to the success of that performance, Gemberling and I were awarded a grant from the University of Idaho to stage a second performance of the score, this time in Spokane at the Garland Theater. The Garland performance took place on April 13, 2017.

The Kenworthy subsequently asked me to do a second silent film score – this time Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which was performed on September 28, 2017 at the Kenworthy Theater.

I’m from Northern California and live in Moscow, Idaho with the love of my life, poet, Alexandra Teague and a large cat that looks like a panda.