Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals
Greg's unique style is the product of an unusual and varied musical history. Greg's work is influenced by his collaborative experiences with a remarkable range of innovators from Beck to visionary keyboard inventor Bob Moog.
As a Los Angeles native, Greg Kurstin spent most of his childhood at the piano and ultimately, Greg's affinity for music extended to just about any instrument he could find, and by the time he was in high school, was playing in many bands around the Los Angeles area ranging from Punk to African Music.
After high school, Greg moved to N.Y.C. to study with Charles Mingus' piano player, Jaki Byard, at The New School. Soon after, Greg was playing with jazz legends such as Bobby Hutcherson and George Coleman. While in N.Y. Greg also spent much of his time playing and studying Brazilian Music and instruments.
Upon his return from New York, Greg began writing and recording music with Geggy Tah, an eclectic band which he co-founded. David Byrne of the Talking Heads heard their music and signed the band to his Luaka Bop label.
Soon after Greg began playing and recording with a variety of artists including: Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Electrocute, Mathew Sweet, Jane's Addiction, Ben Harper, Jenny Lewis, Bob Moog, among many others. Recently Greg was musical director for Gwen Stefani's live and television performances.
Keep a look out for Greg's recent co-writes and productions with Peaches, Pink, Flaming Lips, All Saints, Sia Furler, Lily Allen, JC Chasez, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamelia, Har Mar Superstar just to name a few.
Also look out for Greg's project with inara George called "The Bird and the Bee" soon to be released.
You'll find Greg working endlessly in his Echo Park Studio.