Danny Ross

Assistant Professor
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Danny Ross is an indie/alternative frontman turned pop producer, mining new sounds with classic songwriting craft. Ross produced recent hit singles for TikTok star Simone (featured on New Music Friday), #1 Billboard indie band Wakey! Wakey!, RuPaul’s Drag Race stars Miz Cracker and Jujubee, and is collaborating with major label artists like Walk The Moon, Lyn Lapid, Justus Bennetts, Claud, and Dreamers. Ross scored the Hulu series Everyone Is Doing Great, is one-half of indie project Cheap Synths, was featured in an Apple commercial, and is signed to Rough Trade.

Ross founded the Anti Social Producers Club, an underground NYC music producers collective whose members have worked with artists like Beyoncé, John Legend, and Shawn Mendes. With over 50 members, billions of streams, and dozens of Grammys, the collective has become an industry hub for New York writers and producers. In 2021, Anti Social Camp was launched in New York City, in which 150 artists wrote 100 new songs over five days. The second annual event in June featured NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Nile Rodgers, Rostam, JP Saxe, Rob Thomas, and Linda Perry, with support from camp partners like Spotify, The Recording Academy, BMI, Twitch, and Dolby Atmos. ASPC also hosts an annual education conference called SongCon, in which 100 students take master classes taught by Anti Social producers, participate in recording sessions, and receive industry feedback on their material. Together, they're building a new institution of New York music.

Ross is currently an assistant professor for Berklee NYC, a master's program at the famed Power Station, working with students on pop production, composition, and performance. It’s a natural extension of his own education at Cornell University, where he created the major of Popular Music Composition and Performance, receiving Summa Cum Laude honors. He continues this work outside of class as a mentor for Grammy U, Building Beats, and the Recording Academy Committees on Advocacy for Songwriting and Production.

Ross also writes a music column for Forbes with over a million readers. Whether talking to Questlove, label A&R, or publishing executives, this is a platform to both inspire and educate up-and-coming artists on the new music business.