Theo Katzman (born 1986) is an American singer, songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles, California. His musical style ranges from pop to indie rock, with multiple areas in between. He is a member of Vulfpeck and has contributed to the works of several artists as songwriter and producer. Katzman has released two studio albums. His latest album Heartbreak Hits was released in January 2017.
Katzman grew up in a musical family in Long Island, New York. His father was a jazz trumpet player and would take him to rehearsals at an early age. Around age twelve he started playing drums, guitar and writing songs. In 2004 Katzman moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and studied jazz at the University of Michigan. In 2005 he joined the instrumental group Toolbox which evolved into the band Ella Riot. Katzman toured with the band from 2007 to 2010. During this period, the band released an EP titled My Dear Disco and an album titled Dancethink.
In early 2010 Katzman pursued a solo career and focused on his own singing and songwriting. He formed the trio Love Massive. The group performed regularly and opened at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival in 2011. Katzman released an EP titled Solo Acoustic in 2010 and released his first studio album Romance Without Finance in 2011. In late 2011 he moved to Brooklyn and released music videos of two of his songs, "Hard For You" and "Brooklyn". In 2012 he opened for several artists including Vanessa Carlton, Matisyahu and Vienna Teng. In 2013 he was the musical director and the opening act for Darren Criss on his national tour, Listen Up. In 2013 he released a single titled "Pop Song".
Katzman has worked with several artists as a songwriter and producer. He co-wrote and produced Face the Fire, an album by Michelle Chamuel, and he co-wrote several songs for an album by Darren Criss. He performs with the Irish-fusion band The Olllam, funk band Vulfpeck, and solo. He released a single titled "Hard Work" in October 2016. Katzman's second studio album Heartbreak Hits was released in January 2017. According to Katzman, the album's concept is heartbreak and loss. A review by Lee Zimmerman noted the album's "upbeat" tone despite the underlying lyrical concept.
Katzman grew up listening to classic rock and soul music. His influences include soul, R&B, funk, rock and folk. As a songwriter, a primary focus for Katzman is a song's lyrical concept. He writes parts for guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. His favorite songwriters are those who "capture a moment in cultural time" such as Frank Ocean, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.
In addition to his solo work, Katzman is a member of the funk band Vulfpeck. Formed in 2011, Vulfpeck is a four piece instrumental group made of Katzman on guitar and drums, Jack Stratton on keyboards and drums, Woody Goss on keyboards, and Joe Dart on bass. The band has released four EPs and two studio albums.