Allan Vest is a composer, producer, and musician who was born in Texas and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. Vest's melodies have been featured in Disney television animated shorts while his original music was put to effective use in several features by award-winning director Bradley Beesley and in writer/director Mickey Reece's 2011 movies Seducers Club and Punch Cowboy. More recently, he's composed music for Quebec-based filmmaker Erahm Christopher and wrote the theme music for the podcast In Sickness and In Health.
As the primary songwriter and lead vocalist and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist for indie/orchestral pop band Starlight Mints, Vest was known for his surrealistic lyrics and clever arrangements. The band released four albums: The Dream that Stuff Was Made Of (2000, See-Thru Broadcasting Records), Built on Squares (2003, PIAS America Records), Drowaton (2006, Barsuk Records) and Change Remains (2009, Barsuk Records). The Starlight Mints composition “Eyes of the Night” is the theme song for the British supernatural drama Demons. The band’s music has also been featured in films including Barnyard,
Summercamp!, and Van Wilder 2, as well as television shows including Malcolm in the Middle, One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl.
Vest produced the four Starlight Mints albums, with legendary producer Dave Sardy co-producing the critically acclaimed first album. Vest's producer credits also include working with indie bands including Student Film, Feel Spectres, Skating Polly, The Separation and Francine. He taught guitar lessons for several years and is an enthusiastic supporter of arts education. In 2010 he was inducted by Creative Oklahoma as a Creativity Ambassador. He and his wife Barb (Hendrickson) Vest formed a project called doubleVee in 2012 and are continuing to write and record new music. Their debut album The Moonlit Fables of Jack the Rider is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, Bandcamp and SoundCloud. CDs are available via the doubleVee website.
A new doubleVee EP Songs for Birds and Bats was released in 2019, with limited edition CDs available via the doubleVee website.