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Keeley Bumford (also known as Dresage) is an artist, producer, and composer based in Los Angeles. In her world of creativity throughout various arenas of media and composition, she creates lush synth and tactile organic musings, allowing herself the freedom to inhabit many genres, from dreamy synthwave to indie grunge pop. Clash Magazine calls her “pop from an alternate universe driven by a commitment to personal communication…honest, creative and forever outside the box.”
With music licensing as a forte to her work, Bumford recently performed and produced a cover of the Harry Nilsson song “Perfect Day” which was featured in the final season of Better Call Saul on AMC/Netflix and named #1 of the top 10 TV needle drops of 2022 by Vulture. The placement also won the best song written or recorded for TV at the Guild of Music Supervisors awards as well as a feature on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, 158k Shazams and over 756k Spotify streams. She also appeared in a Volvo commercial as herself where she and Youtuber Andrew Huang created a beat with sounds from the XC60 car for their new campaign. Additionally, her cover of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds with sync powerhouse & collaborator, AG was placed in season 3 of Virgin River on Netflix. The placement resulted in over 175k Shazams, the #3 position on the Shazam viral chart, 1.3 million Spotify streams and also the #8 spot on the top 10 songs in television Billboard chart for July 2021.
She has credits as a producer & composer having written/produced & performed five original songs as well as co-scoring the original Hulu/Blumhouse film, My Valentine, from the “Into The Dark” anthology series. Her score and original songs for V/H/S/99 from Shudder also premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). She was in the beloved YouTube series “4 Producers 1 Sample” with Andrew Huang, and actively works within the film/tv sync world with recent placements from Apple, Volvo, Samsung, Netflix, UNIQLO, Nintendo, Disney and more.
Growing up on a remote mountain range in northwest Washington, Bumford listened to nature and began nurturing her interest in music. She had an immediate affinity for truth telling songwriters such as Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple. After discovering the magic of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday in high school, her first dream was to become a jazz singer. Then at Berklee College of Music in Boston, she changed course slightly to major in music production and engineering; her curiosity was spent in recording studios, exploring the world of audio production and sonic manipulation. These skills became the foundation of her multifaceted career.
While sculpting songs that ponder feminism & mental health, Bumford is also passionate about spreading the autonomy of self-recording and production to women, and folks along the gender and socio-economic spectrums who have been historically kept out of such spaces. She regularly collaborates with femme-driven initiatives to bring more equity & training to upcoming producers.