Aaron Pfenning

Aaron Pfenning[1] (born Aaron Marshall Davis) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and record producer who performs under the moniker "Rewards",[2][3] a name he first used in 2003.[4]

Aaron Pfenning
Born (1983-10-31) October 31, 1983 (age 38)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Years active2005–present
Labels

From 2005 to 2010, Pfenning performed in the band Chairlift. Pfenning has also toured with We Are Scientists, Brandon Flowers, Tanlines, and Warpaint.[4]

CareerEdit

Chairlift (2005–2010)Edit

In 2005, Pfenning co-founded the band Chairlift[5][6] in Boulder, Colorado with his then-girlfriend Caroline Polachek while still in college.[7][8] In 2006, Chairlift relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where the final version of Does You Inspire You was written and produced, and later released on Columbia Records.[9][10][11]

Chairlift's song "Bruises" was used in an iPod Nano commercial.[12][13][14] Pfenning departed Chairlift in January 2010 while ending a tour in Australia,[13][15][16] sometime after his romantic relationship with Polachek ended, thus leaving a major record label deal.[7]

Rewards (2010–present)Edit

In 2011, Pfenning released the Rewards single "Equal Dreams" featuring Solange Knowles, via DFA Records.[17][18] The B-side "Asleep With The Lights On" features Blood Orange's Dev Hynes.[19][20]

CollaborationsEdit

Pfenning has appeared in music videos for "Party" by Beyoncé (2011),[21] and "Dinner" by Blood Orange (2011). In 2012, he collaborated with the actress Alia Shawkat on a cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game".[21] He worked with the band School of Seven Bells, remixing the song "The Night" (2012).[22] Pfenning appears in Adam Green's 2016 feature film "Adam Green's Aladdin" as a townsperson.[23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aaron Marshall Davis". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  2. ^ "Rewards' Aaron Pfenning: The 5 Things I Can't Live Without". 2011-09-29.
  3. ^ "Aaron Pfenning's Just Rewards". 2010-11-24.
  4. ^ a b "REWARDS - First Avenue". first-avenue.com.
  5. ^ "CHAIRLIFT: IT'S POSSIBLE THAT WE ARE CRIMINALS".
  6. ^ Lester, Paul (3 September 2008). "No 382: Chairlift". The Guardian.
  7. ^ a b "NME: Chairlift". 20 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  8. ^ Inc, Slacker. "AOL Radio Stations". AOL Radio. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  9. ^ "Getting to Know... Chairlift". 2009-07-28.
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Review: Chairlift, Does You Inspire You".
  11. ^ "Chairlift - Stereo Subversion". 27 July 2009. Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  12. ^ "10 Songs Steve Jobs Made Famous". 2011-08-26.
  13. ^ a b Ehrlich, Brenna. "Chairlift's Aaron Pfenning Releases Acoustic Video for New Solo Project: "Rewards"". Mashable.
  14. ^ Entertainment. "Song of the Day: Who's Singing That iPod Nano Commercial?".
  15. ^ "Chairlift – "Amanaemonesia"". 12 July 2011.
  16. ^ "From The Desk Of We Are Scientists' Keith Murray: Rewards". www.magnetmagazine.com. 2010-07-12.
  17. ^ "Rewards – "Equal Dreams" (Feat. Solange Knowles)". Stereogum. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  18. ^ "Sexy New Rewards Single "Equal Dreams" Features Solange Knowles – Free Williamsburg". freewilliamsburg.com. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  19. ^ "Rewards Frontman Aaron Pfenning Ginuwine-ly Loves Mariah". Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  20. ^ "Aaron Pfenning's Just Rewards - Interview Magazine". Interview Magazine. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  21. ^ a b ""Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)" [ft. Alia Shawkat] by Rewards Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  22. ^ "School Of Seven Bells – "The Night (Rewards Remix)" (". Stereogum. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  23. ^ "5 Questions With: Aaron Pfenning - Brooklyn Magazine". Brooklyn Magazine. 2014-08-21. Retrieved 2018-01-24.