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THOMAS BRENNECK A/K/A “TNT”
PRODUCER, ENGINEER, MIXER, WRITER, PERFORMER
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homas Brenneck first made his mark as a guitarist with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, the band that
lent its signature sound to Amy Winehouse’s Grammy award winning “Back To Black” album. Fast
forward a handful of years: now, his own talents as a producer, engineer and composer are quickly
making his own Dunham Studios a destination for musicians and producers throughout the music
industry.
At the age of 19, Thomas began playing organ and guitar with Brooklyn based bands Antibalas and
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. By 20 he was filling in on the road for members of both bands and made
his professional debut in front of thousands of fans at the 2003 Bonnaroo Music Festival with Antibalas.
His career as a musician took off quickly and within two years he was a full-time member of the DapKings, touring extensively and playing guitar on their 2005 release “Naturally”. Around the same time,
his own band “The Budos Band” signed with Daptone Records and released their first self titled album.
In addition to the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band and a steady stream of high profile studio work (including
the Amy Winehouse sessions and tour), Tom began playing with numerous other bands, including Truth
& Soul acts Lee Fields and the Expressions and the El Michels Affair. In 2006, Brenneck formed The
Menahan Street Band, which would become the backbone and house band for his own label.
His status as a prolific songwriter and talented producer obvious, Daptone was quick to offer an imprint
deal to him when he, along with fellow Dap-King Homer Steinweiss, created Dunham Records in 2006.
The Menahan Street Band immediately started releasing 7-inch singles on Dunham Records, one of
which made its way into Jay-Z’s hands. That song “Make The Road By Walking” became the foundation
for his 2007 hit “Roc Boyz” from the American Gangster album. The Menahan Street Band released its
first full length album later that year and in 2008 Brenneck and Steinweiss built their own recording
studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Dunham has been busy since opening its doors, and has already released a slew of 45s treasured by
collectors, two full-length albums from the MSB and, as of April 2, 2013, two albums from breakout star
Charles Bradley.
Dunham Studios has also had a “who’s who” of high profile musicians and producers come through to
record and work with TNT behind the mixing board as producer and engineer. Artists include Rufus
Wainwright, Alabama Shakes, Theophilus London, Julian Casablancas, Cee-lo, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo,
Mark Ronson, K’Naan, John Taylor, Benny Blanco, John Hill, Santogold, Foreigner, St. Vincent, The Like,
Sean Lennon, Alex Greenwald, Miike Snow, The Kaiser Chiefs and Bebel Giberto. Brenneck’s most
recent work outside of Dunham Records includes productions for Theophilus London and the Alabama
Shakes.