Aaron Dessner / Aaron Brooking Dessner (born April 23, 1976) is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as a member of the acclaimed rock band The National. Aaron writes the majority of the music for The National, collaborating on songs with singer Matt Berninger who writes their lyrics. As a record producer, Dessner has produced the critically acclaimed charity compilations Dark Was the Night and Day of the Dead for the Red Hot Organization as well as albums for The National, Local Natives, Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Lone Bellow, Frightened Rabbit, Luluc and This Is The Kit, among others. Alongside Alec Hanley Bemis and Bryce Dessner, Aaron founded Brassland Records, a label that has released early albums from The National, Clogs, Doveman and Nico Muhly.