DAVID BENJAMIN STEINBERG is a versatile composer for television and film. He has scored a range of projects, from Imagine Entertainment’s critically acclaimed feature film, “Inside Deep Throat”, and World of Wonder’s Emmy Award-winning films “The Last Beekeeper” and "Out of Iraq", to Bravo’s multi Emmy-nominated series “Million Dollar Listing”. He composed the score for HBO’s multi-Emmy nominated doc, “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures", which premiered at Sundance 2016. He has also recently completed scoring HBO’s “Every Brilliant Thing”, documenting the hit off-Broadway one-man play. He also scored ''Gender Revolution'' in 2017, a timely documentary for Nat Geo channel. Most recently, he completed the score for Lifetime's original feature movie "Menendez: Blood Brothers", depicting the infamous 1989 Menendez Murders.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Panama City, Panama and Los Angeles, Steinberg began studying drums in Panama at the age of twelve. He grew up surrounded by eclectic music ranging from Broadway musicals to Jimi Hendrix. David's mother played piano at the family's Unitarian church, and his father, a community activist, educator and playwright, improvised scores on the family piano to accompany his bedtime stories. A USC journalism graduate, David also studied music at Cal State Northridge and the Dick Grove School of Music before beginning his career composing for advertising. He worked as a studio drummer in Los Angeles before breaking into the film and television music world. Scoring for a diverse range of subjects and mediums, David always brings his unique perspective to each project. "I always try to find the magic in the score", he says. Steinberg draws from a myriad of influences, citing Bernard Hermann, Ennio Morricone, Thomas Newman and Carter Burwell among his muses.
Other projects that David has scored include HBO’s “Wishful Drinking”, starring Carrie Fisher, E! Entertainment’s “I Am Britney Jean", documenting Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency launch and “Pam: Girl on the Loose”, featuring Pamela Anderson, and Sundance Channel’s “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”. David also specializes in title themes, having scored the openings of nearly 30 TV series, including the “Million Dollar Listing” franchise, Fuse TV’s “Transcendent”, Lifetime’s “Girlfriend Intervention”, Sundance Channel’s “Man Shops Globe” and OWN’s “Life with La Toya”.
David manages his own production music library, Combustible Music, through which he licenses music for film and television. Combustible Music has provided music for shows such as PBS’ “Independent Lens”. Fox’s “American Idol”, VH1’s “Candidly Nicole”, a series following Nicole Richie, Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” and “Then and Now with Andy Cohen”, HGTV’s “Island Hunters”, and BBC Two’s “The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway”.
In his off time, David enjoys restoring his 100-year old Hollywood home with his wife, walking their dogs, boxing, and jamming with friends.