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Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman is to music to what the treble and bass is to dance – one could never exist without the other. They are intricately the ingredients that drive the beat. Fortunately for those of us who fixate on the sounds emanating from the club, your Beats by Dre or the cars that go boom, the groovy modulation of these frequencies have lead to the most turnt up and epic experiences on the dance floor, which we probably owe to Brooklyn-based pioneer Coleman as well. Bill’s influence on popular music, especially in the dance genre, has spanned for three decades and unequivocally brands the renaissance man behind the record label / management and consultancy firm Peace Bisquit as one of the most prominent figures in our community.

Coleman was always inherently attracted to music. The Marist College communications graduate, born in the ‘burbs of Pawling, New York, primarily attended Catholic school in the Hudson Valley. He labored as an intern at Island Records during the imprint’s most influential era promoting country/rock star Melissa Etheridge, electro puppets Propaganda, Frankie Goes To Hollywood raging hard and Grace Jones’ seminal Slave to the Rhythm e.p.. When he wasn’t working at the local, album rock radio station, record and book store, Coleman was honing his craft as a DJ on college radio with featured shows on Marist and Vassar radio stations.

The ambitiously entrepreneurial Coleman would eventually launch Hudson Valley’s revered alternative music night @ local hub, Bertie’s drawing a huge audience of fans and followers of the alternative, punk, and new wave scene whilst writing an eclectic music column for the Marist newspaper. Coleman encouraged the rotation of local acts and gave many local artists a platform to get their music heard. All this musical synergy would eventually land Bill Coleman a position with the nation’s most prestigious music industry periodical – Billboard Magazine.

Arguably his tenure as Singles Reviews Editor and Dance Music Editor at Billboard during the late 80’s and into the 90’s reviewing genre-crossing singles and reporting on various trends could be considered one of the most defining eras in music, but Coleman continued to expand on his horizons. He contributed to such reputable outlets as Paper, Musician, Rockpool, the BBC and B.E.T. confirming his place as one of the more respected and knowledgeable voices of his generation in the industry. His contributions extended to the liner notes for 80’s mainstays including Thompson Twins and the girl group Exposé.

Bill Coleman’s expertise in music and throughout the mainstream emergence of the LGBT culture landed him on the editorial board that launched Out Magazine, one of the country’s most respected, highly-read and distributed editorial publications dedicated to gay culture, news and entertainment. But it wouldn’t end there. In fact, his relevant impact was about to launch with the emergence of Peace Bisquit.

As the owner of Peace Bisquit, Coleman celebrates 25 years heading up the popular Brooklyn-based entertainment company representing an array of genre-defying artists and producers including: Ultra Naté, Amanda Lepore, French Horn Rebellion, Cazwell, Jill Jones and Vassy. Peace Bisquit is also often recognized for their part in discovering and developing the influential, platinum-selling trio Deee-lite (“Groove Is In The Heart”). Dedicated to cultivating the best and brightest in the industry, Coleman partners with producer / DJ / engineer / stalwart, Angelo “Pepe” Skordos and the city’s brightest talents to insure the creative longevity and international impact of Peace Bisquit and its talented family.

Throughout the years, the much in-demand maestro has music supervised / sound designed for various films (“Party Girl,” “Beyond The Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater”, “Inside Deep Throat”, “Party Monster”), fashion shows (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Marc Bouwer, DIFFA), Broadway premieres (Evita, The Color Purple, After Midnight), art installations (Deitch), nightclubs (Cielo, CBGB’s, Limelight, APT, Santos Party House, Ministry of Sound, SOB’s, Sound Factory, The Tunnel, Save The Robots, Pyramid, The Shelter) and special events including Chaka Khan (Her 60th Birthday!), Lady Gaga (the inaugural Fame Ball!), Radiohead (Official ‘Ok Computer’ Release Party), Harry Connick, Jr (Exclusive Rockefeller Plaza Performance), amFAR’s Inspiration Gala, Bowie Ball and Silent Disco at Lincoln Center. Bill has lent he and his company’s talents, A&R and consultancy services to such esteemed clients as Bette Midler, Tom Tom Club, A&E Network, Beyoncé, Donna Summer, Madonna, Radiohead, The Kennedy Center, Sinead O’Connor, PETA, World of Wonder, Neneh Cherry, Swing Out Sister and Lenny Kravitz.

On top of that…Bill has found morsels of time to spearhead late night performances by electropunk dance renegades, Daisy Spurs; has been a member of NY club art denizens The Dazzle Dancers; was inducted into Next Magazine’s Nightlife Hall Of Fame (Class of 2013) and is an occasional member of Grammy Award winner Jody Watley’s touring band!

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