Dave Porter is a Los Angeles based composer for television and film. He began his classical musical training at the piano at age five, but it was his interest in electronic music as a teen that led him to start composing his own music. He studied both classical and electronic music composition at Sarah Lawrence College under John Yannelli and started his professional career as an assistant at Philip Glass’ studio in New York City.
Dave is best known as the series composer for the Emmy-acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad,” scoring all 62 episodes and creating its iconic theme. Actor/Producer Bryan Cranston stated: “With his music, Dave Porter has created another character for Breaking Bad. Evocative and meaningful, Dave’s work is an essential part of the storytelling.” For his work on the series, Dave was awarded the inaugural ASCAP Composer’s Choice Award by his peers as Best Television Composer of 2013.
Dave currently scores 3 of television’s most talked about dramas. “Better Call Saul,” the Emmy nominated prequel to “Breaking Bad,” is helmed by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and is entering its third season. “Preacher,” from executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin, debuted to great success in 2016 and will return with an expanded 13 episode second season. And “The Blacklist,” starring James Spader and currently in it’s fourth season, continues to be a worldwide hit. Dave will also be creating the music for it’s spinoff series “The Blacklist: Redemption” in 2017.
On the big screen, Dave is currently working on James Franco’s “The Masterpiece,” based on Greg Sestero’s book “The Disaster Artist” which chronicles the creation of the cult film “The Room.” It comes from Good Universe, New Line Cinema, and Point Grey Pictures and is expected to debut in 2017. Last year saw the release of “Term Life,” which was distributed by Universal Pictures and starred Vince Vaughn, Hailee Seinfeld, Terrence Howard, and Bill Paxton. Previous credits include the indie horror film “Smiley” and the Sundance Festival feature documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster.”