CRAIG WEDREN: BIOGRAPHY
Craig Wedren is a composer, a songwriter, and a singer.
He got his start fronting avant-punk pioneers Shudder To Think, before expanding into composing scores for film and T.V.
As a composer, Wedren has scored a host of popular feature films including Wanderlust, Role Models, School of Rock, Wet Hot American Summer, By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, Laurel Canyon, Roger Dodger, and Afternoon Delight, which was the winner of the Directing award for a US Drama at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Wedren has also written and performed music for televisions shows including Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp, A to Z, Hung, The United States of Tara, Reno 911!, Don’t Trust The B. In Apt. 23, Childrens Hospital, Burning Love, Wainy Days, Stella, and The State. He is currently composing the music for ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, and Jonathan Ames new show Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart on Starz Network.Wedren’s first emerged as singer and primary songwriter for Washington, DC-based Shudder To Think, a band that started out in the city’s legendary Hardcore Punk scene on Dischord Records, only to challenge and expand the aesthetics of the genre, and those of the emerging Alternative Rock scene. After breaking indie music tradition by signing with Epic Records (Sony Music), Shudder To Think released three major label albums including their opus, “Pony Express Record.” Shudder To Think toured extensively with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, Pavement, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam; their videos were featured regularly on MTV. At the peak of their career, a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease grounded Craig and the band, but following successful treatments Shudder To Think returned with a new goal in mind – to create music for film. With Shudder To Think, Wedren scored the independent films First Love Last Rites and High Art, and contributed songs to Todd Haynes’ beloved Glam-Rock valentine Velvet Goldmine. Shortly after making the transition to film work, the band dissolved their partnership, and Wedren continued his dual career as both film composer and solo artist.
While continuing to grow creatively and commercially as a composer, Wedren has also developed a successful career as a solo artist. He released his first solo album Lapland on Conor Oberst's Team Love label, after which he toured the U.S. and Australia supporting the Foo Fighters and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs. His follow up release was the epic "Wand," for which Craig toured the U.S. with Chris Cornell and worked with director Tim Nackashi to create a series of narrative, multi-platform 360 degree interactive videos whose engrossing, innovative technology continue Craig's forays into the vanguard of music and imagination. Most recently, Craig collaborated with Jefferson Friedman on the album "On in Love," which pairs his voice and lyrics with Friedman's magnificent compositions for ACME chamber ensemble. Selections from On In Love had their LA premiere at Disney Hall in April 2016, with John Adams conducting, and Craig singing with the LA Philharmonic.