Dave Trumfio

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Dave Trumfio
Background information
Born (1968-08-16) August 16, 1968 (age 53)
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s) Record producer, mixer, recording engineer, composer, musician
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, programming
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Kingsize Platters
Almo Sounds
Rondor/Universal Records
Associated acts The Pulsars
Ashtray Boy
The Mekons
Sally Timms
Website www.kingsizesoundlabs.com

David Trumfio (born August 16, 1968, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American record producer, Audio engineering|mixer, audio engineer|engineer and musician best known for his production work with artists such as Wilco and his recordings with his own band The Pulsars.

Production work

Trumfio grew up in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and was a staff engineer after apprenticing at Seagrape Recording Studios.[1] He started his home studio, Kingsize Recording Den, and officially opened Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago's Wicker Park, Chicago|Wicker Park district in 1991 with partner Mike Hagler.[1] He currently resides in Los Angeles and runs Kingsize SoundLabs, a recording studio in Silver Lake, California.

"Dave Trumfio knew he wanted to make recording his life from the day he bought his first multitrack, a Fostex X15 4 track, way back in 1984."[2]

His early work included recordings by Evil Beaver, The Mekons, Wilco, Alternative TV, Young Marble Giants guitarist Stewart Moxham and British rock band The Pretty Things.[3]

He has since worked with acts such as Wilco,[4][5] OK Go,[6][7] and Patrick Park.[8][9]

Trumfio has worked for independent record labels such as Merge Records|Merge, TeenBeat Records, Touch and Go Records / 1/4 stick, Minty Fresh, Simple Machines, Darla Records and Vagrant Records|Vagrant. He has also produced recordings by singer songwriter Patrick Park,[10] chamber pop band The Aluminum Group,[11][12] funk musicians The Baldwin Brothers,[4][13] Number One Cup,[14] and Franklin Bruno.[15]

Trumfio has recently worked with Built To Spill,[16] Jesus and Mary Chain, American Music Club, Booker T. Jones|Booker T, new wave revivalists The Rentals, and Australian band Papa vs Pretty.[17]

Involvement with American Music Club

Trumfio produced American Music Club's 2008 album The Golden Age.


Trumfio was the frontman in the 90's new-wave band The Pulsars, in which he did "everything but play the drums", his brother Harry acting as the band's drummer.[18] After releasing their debut single, the band signed to Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss's post A&M venture Almo Sounds in 1995,[19] and released an album and two Extended play|EPs.

He also played in Ashtray Boy,[19][20] The Mekons,[19] in Sally Timms' band,[21] and on The Aluminum Group's Plano album.[22]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kening, Dan (1996) "Rising stars The Trumfio brothers are ready to shine with a record deal and an upcoming Pulsars' album", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), November 29, 1996, retrieved 2012-04-16 via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  2. [1] Archived June 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. Weisbard, Eric (1997) "Pulsars Pulsars", Spin (magazine)|SPIN, April 1997, p.155-6, retrieved 2012-01-08
  4. 4.0 4.1 Baranowski, Niles (2001) "O.A.R. and the Baldwin Brothers", Riverfront Times, August 15, 2001, retrieved 2012-01-08
  5. "Wilco - Summer Teeth". CD Universe. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  6. [2] Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. "Shop Unavailable". VintageMicrophone.com. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  8. Deming, Mark "Come What Will Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-01-08
  9. "Patrick Park - Loneliness Knows My Name CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 2004-02-03. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  10. Santangelo, Antonia (2003) "Patrick Park Under the Unminding Skies", CMJ New Music Monthly, June 2003, retrieved 2012-01-08
  11. Richards, David (1999) "Minty Fresh's Floraline Gives '80s-Style Pop a New Spin for the Present", Billboard (magazine)|Billboard, May 1, 1999, p. 16, retrieved 2012-01-08
  12. Ankeny, Jason "Plano Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-01-08
  13. Farr, Sara (2002) "File TVT Records artist the Baldwin Brothers under 'junktronic'", Prefix, January 1, 2002, retrieved 2012-01-08
  14. Bush, Nathan "Possum Trot Plan Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2012-01-08
  15. Sarvady, Glen (2002) "Franklin Bruno - A Cat May Look at a Queen", CMJ New Music Monthly, November 2002, retrieved 2012-01-08
  16. Paine, Kelsey (2009) "Buolt to Spill There Is No Enemy", Billboard (magazine)|Billboard, October 17, 2009, p. 33, retrieved 2012-01-08
  17. "Exclusive: Papa Vs Pretty announce new album, shows". Fasterlouder.com.au. 2013-08-26. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  18. Molanphy, Chris (1997) "Pulsars / Pulsars", CMJ New Music Monthly, May 1997, p. 12, retrieved 2012-01-08
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Anderson, Lydia (1996) "Pulsars", CMJ New Music Monthly, November 1996, retrieved 2012-01-08
  20. Rothschild, David (1996) "Ashtray Boy's Future Rests on New Releases and Psychic Connection", Chicago Tribune, June 7, 1996, p. 6, retrieved 2012-01-08
  21. Sullivan, Jim (1995) "Timms' new act: melancholy cabaret", Boston Globe, May 11, 1995, p. 71
  22. Romero, Michele (1998) "Music Review: 'Plano' (1998) The Aluminum Group", Entertainment Weekly, August 21, 1998, retrieved 2012-01-08

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