As well as gaining a first class music degree and studying the violin at the Royal Academy of Music, the Leipzig Conservatoire, and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Darrell gained an insight into the world of music having studied and had master classes with some of the world’s greatest composers and musicians including Olivier Messiaen, Leonard Bernstein, Gyorgy Ligeti, John Willliams, Pierre Boulez, the Amadeus Quartet, Anne Sophie Mutter and Itzhak Perlman. He went on to record and perform at the highest musical level and in many of the finest concert halls around the world, from the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna to the Hollywood Bowl in LA, as a member of Sir Neville Marriner’s internationally renowned chamber orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He also performed with many of the top conductors, soloists and orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Leipzig Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. It was with the Academy that he worked on the soundtrack to the Oscar winning film, The English Patient.Read more...
This film sparked his love of film music, which he feels bridges the gap between symphonic and more contemporary popular music. In 1996 he formed COOL Music Ltd (COOL stands for Chamber Orchestra Of London – www.chamberorchestraoflondon.com) to provide composers/artists with a new generation of musicians talent and went on to contract musicians on numerous films, games and TV dramas, as well as acting as string MD on several tours for Madonna. At this time he was also honoured to be asked by Sir George Martin, the Beatles manager, to consult and organise his last album In My Life, featuring the speech and vocals of Sean Connery, Jim Carrey, Goldie Hawn, Celine Dion, Jeff Beck etc.
In 2000, COOL Music Ltd, as well as contracting musicians, formed a composer agency and now represents many of the finest award winning Film, TV & Games composers working in the industry today. As the owner, music producer and consultant at COOL Music Inc in LA and COOL Music Ltd in London, he has been involved in the music production on hundreds of films, games, television dramas and records, from Jan Kaczmarek’s Oscar winning score to Miramax’s Finding Neverland (starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman) to Downton Abbey for NBC Universal to Warner Brother’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, scored by Nicholas Hooper and the legendary Halo 4 scored by Neil Davidge. Of course, he has worked on numerous games including Beyond; Two Souls, Command & Conquer, Angry Birds, Red Alert 3, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter and the recent Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.
Chris has held the position of Senior Agent at COOL Music Ltd since August 2003. For almost a decade he has represented COOL Music composers on projects ranging across the finest of UK feature film, serial TV drama, and commercials. Chris has worked closely with Darrell and COOL Music Ltd clients to develop composer careers, while at the same time guiding COOL Music Ltd forward as a composer agency, orchestral fixer, and sub-publisher.Read more...
Now a recovering drummer, Chris formed an early deep interest in all forms of music composition, which led him to forgo other opportunities in order to study music at college. Upon graduation and after working as a session musician, in the early 90’s he hooked up with a UK rap/rock act that signed to Steve Lamacq’s Deceptive Records. They went on to have a series of top ten hits, the most successful of which enjoyed a secondary level of usage when it was licensed to both a major Coca-Cola and European Championship Football commercial campaign. It has subsequently received various forms of further media licensing placements up to the present day.
Chris continued his session playing while at the same time also concentrating his efforts as a founding member of a pop/rock act picked up by Trevor Horn’s/Jill Gascoigne’s label ZTT, and A&R’d by Paul Morley. At the same time he took up the position of managing a Neve x2 48 track-recording studio, rehearsal room, midi suite, tour bus and equipment storage music production complex in Clerkenwell, London. A place which became the spiritual and creative home for many bands including, Coldplay, Primal Scream, Elastica, Bluetones, Boo Radleys, Kenickie, Placebo, Ash, Fridge/FourTet, Future Sound of London, Dodgy and The Beta Band.
Having at the same time built up his connections within the world of applied music; in 1998 Chris decided to concentrate his future ambitions on media composer management, media music production and score production. As part of the team at Water Music Ltd, he worked with all of the major advertising agencies in the UK, Europe and the US on original music production for many award winning commercials including Levi’s, Bacardi, British Airways, Virgin, Lynx, Mercedes, Orange, The Premiership, Whirlpool, C.O.I, BBC, Volvo, and Bank Of America.
Chris is passionate about, and has a wide knowledge of, film music, pop/alternative music and film & TV. He is 100% driven to do the very best for every COOL Music client, working determinedly on a daily basis to research and source commissions, tailor show reels, formulate and update all promotional/web material, negotiate commissioning deals, and co-ordinate composer sub-publishing. He is always on the lookout for the next commission. Always endeavoring to promote COOL composers. Always looking to do everything possible to further each client’s career, while at the same time fully protecting client’s interests, build new connections, and secure working relationships.
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A career in music was always on the cards for Ollie as he was born into a musical family and began playing the piano from a very young age. After graduating from Brunel University with a music degree, he cut his teeth working for various music organisations, including the global artist management company, IMG Artists. Before joining COOL he managed the Music Commissioning and Promotion Department at Oxford University Press, seeking out composing opportunities for their roster of composers – among them Michael Finnissy, Howard Skempton, Michael Berkeley, Bob Chilcott and Zhou Long.Read more...
Ollie joined COOL as a Composer Agent in 2015, working alongside Darrell and Chris, representing COOL’s clients on projects ranging from feature films to ballets, TV dramas to theatre, commercials to operas.
Always fascinated by stories, scripts, music and film, Matthew was fortunate to begin his career working closely with many of the world’s finest film directors in the VFX world. Whilst working on Iain Softley’s Hackers (United Artists) he was asked to join the crew of Brian De Palma’s Mission: Impossible for Paramount Pictures. This led to him co-founding the computer FX company ‘Bionic Digital’ at Pinewood Studios which provided computer FX work on numerous films including Rob Cohen’s Daylight (Universal Pictures), Philip Noyce’s The Saint (Paramount Pictures), The Jackal (Universal Pictures), 101 Dalmations (Disney), The Man who knew too Little (Warner Bros), Event Horizon (Paramount Pictures), Lost in Space (New Line) and perhaps most notably Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut for Warner Bros. Before embarking for a year to Australia and Los Angeles on John Woo’s Mission: Impossible 2 in 1999, Matthew wrote and directed the short film Passengers which was accepted into the Palm Springs Film Festival.Read more...
After ‘M:I 2’ completed filming Matthew remained in Los Angeles and continued to work in the FX arena on numerous films including National Treasure 2 (Disney) and for Ridley Scott on Body of Lies (Warner Bros) and Tony Scott’s The Taking of Pelham 123 (Columbia Pictures) and Unstoppable (Twentieth Century Fox).
He comes from a family of eminent European musicians; his grandfather and father worked with legendary composers Richard Strauss, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Pierre Boulez and Stravinsky, amongst others. Combining this pedigree with his intimate knowledge of how films work from the inside, he decided to help his brother expand his European composer agency to Los Angeles.
Stacey started her career at Hamstein Publishing in Austin, Texas. As Royalty Manager at Hamstein, she worked with the catalogues of ZZ Top, Clint Black, Jerry Williams and songwriters Tom Shapiro and Tony Martin, amongst others.Read more...
She moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to work with Criterion Music Corp (now part of Universal Music Publishing), the independent publishing company that has been in business for over 65 years and has in excess of 10,000 copyrights. The Standard catalogue includes hits from the 20’s to 60’s including the songs of Lee Hazlewood (i.e. “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ ”, and the catalogues of Charlie Parker, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and many notable jazz standards and catalogues. The Contemporary catalogue includes the songs “I Can Love You Like That” (a hit on the Pop and Country charts) along with the catalogues of Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash. Recent signings to the catalogue have included film composer Cyril Morin, Adam Anders (Glee) and Nikki Hassman (Glee) along with the band Warpaint. During her time at Criterion she oversaw domestic and international music operations for the company including royalties, licensing and pitching music to commercials, games, TV and film.
Over the last few years Stacey has worked as a consultant for Universal Music Publishing in Santa Monica, COOL Music Ltd and Du Vinage Publishing (based in Los Angeles and London), a specialist composer publishing company. Throughout her years at Criterion, she has always had an interest in the gaming world, regularly attending conferences. It is with this interest and knowledge of the games community as well as her specialist music knowledge that has led her to work with COOL Music Interactive in Los Angeles.