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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.

Gathering all the knowledge and influence he had acquired over his career thus far, Coleman decidedly ventured on his own, and asserted himself into the business end of the music managing dance artists including Ultra Naté, The Beloved and arguably the 90’s most impactful ‘street to the dance floor’ act Deee-Lite. These artists yielded some of the biggest international club hits of all time with “Free” “Hello” and “Groove Is In The Heart” respectively.

With his unprecedented and multi-faceted skill-set, Coleman guaranteed the accumulative rise of Peace Bisquit’s reputation as one of most formidable independently managed labels and management companies in the industry, and extended his reach into burgeoning multimedia ventures including providing the soundtrack to cult hit films including “Party Girl” starring Parker Posey in her breakout role, the “Another Gay Movie” franchise, the acclaimed newsreel documentary “Inside Deep Throat” with Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer, “Party Monster”, “Manic” – the provocative feature starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel and Don Cheadle, and the poignant riot grrl fueled coming of age drama “All Over Me” to name a few. Peace Bisquit has also engineered the sound design and curated music for high-profile events including Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Shiseido, MAC Cosmetics, Nike. Most recently Peace Bisquit compiled the Official Jukebox for for the new Duke Ellington / Cotton Club-inspired Broadway smash, “After Midnight.”

Bill Coleman has worked with the most well known stars and diverse artists in music including Bette Midler (“In These Shoes”), Madonna, Beyoncé, Le Tigre (“This Island”), Jonathan Mendelsohn, N’Dea Davenport, Jody Watley (“Nightlife”), RuPaul, Lenny Kravitz, Julee Cruise, Book of Love (“Boy”), Tom Tom Club, Crystal Waters, and Donna Summer.  He has represented and/or collaborated with some of the most influential DJ/remixers headlining on today’s club circuit, including Paul Oakenfold, Morgan Page, NERVO, David Morales, Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, Tony Moran, Frankie Knuckles and WAWA.

With an unparalleled roster of talent that is as colorful as they are innovative, Coleman and his music label have unequivocally influenced the club-dance culture of the new millennium. Artfully producing and directing nightlife personalities including the gloriously legendary Amanda Lepore, a pictorial canvas all onto herself, and the hip-hop impresario Cazwell, who combines wily wit with righteous rhymes, into a lethal combination that have captured fans across the party lines. His reputation precedes him, but when heartthrob hunk Colton Ford unleashed his debut full-length album under Coleman’s guile, there was no doubt that the music world would have to get on its knees and worship Ford for not only his looks and veracity on the mic.

Coleman has also introduced the international vocal powerhouse Chris Willis into his fold. Willis collaborated with remix hit-maker David Guetta on four album and produced a series of club hits (“Love Is Gone”, “Just A Little More Love,” “Getting’ Over You”) that are global turntables mainstays. As a remixer/producer, Bill has also collaborated on original works and releases for the likes of Jill Jones, ESG, Arthur Baker, The Pretenders and Sinead O’Connor. His first ever remix was the ‘Apple Brightness’ version of Sinead’s “I Am Stretched On Your Grave” which was recently re-issued with the deluxe edition of the seminal classic, I Do Not Want What I Do Not Have. Coleman was recently very honored to  co-produced one of his heroines, Jody Watley’s newest single ”Nightlife” as has co-written, produced tracks and art directed with many of his own talent on the Peace Bisquit roster.

He continues to assert himself as clubland’s most dedicated music provocateur, Bill Coleman isn’t satisfied with just producing the soundtrack of the next generation, he’s made it his mandate to get it out to ‘the peoples’ themselves. Coleman holds several DJ residencies in New York City – including The Monster, The Ritz and G Lounge – and is often invited to headline across the country and internationally. He’s also provided music or played private events for music royalty including Chaka Khan (Her 60th Birthday!). Lady Gaga (the very first NYC Fame Ball!), Radiohead (Official ‘Ok Computer’ Release Party) and Harry Connick, Jr (Exclusive Rockefeller Plaza Performance). 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.

Coleman and crew have been working overtime to usher in 2014 with the release of a brand new – and the label’s first! – compilation. LOVE / SEXO: A Peace Bisquit Compilation will feature exclusive imagery and cover art by photo visionary Marco Ovando and brand new music from Peace Bisquit’s extended family and friends! Including Matt and Kim, WAWA, Cazwell & Manila Luzon featuring Roxy and Richie Beretta, JD Samson and Men, CJay Swayne, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child), Ultra Naté, Jodie Harsh, Jason Walker, Amanda Lepore starring M.Y.A. , MC Lyte, Rodrigo Pitta, Bimbo Jones, Carmen Electra, fashion queen Miss Lawrence and the Atl R&B Diva herself, Angie Stone! The compilation delivers on Peace Bisquit’s unique multimedia attack. LOVE / SEXO will be a 3- hour double disc, chock full of hunty beats, divalicious hooks, trap breaks and some sexy, fun, colorful and irreverent visuals.

The ringmaster of his own five-ring circus, it’s a spectacular career fashioned of his own design. Honed to be the greatest show on Earth, Bill Coleman and Peace Bisquit continue to be independently innovative in the industry, dedicated to breaking barriers, building bridges and hooking up with headphones pressed to ear, volume pressing10 and the needle on the record.