Owner, Spot Music
Barry Cole and his consultation company, Spot Music, stand at the threshold of where music meets media. Based in New York City, Spot Music is an independent music supervision and consulting firm with more than 90 film credits, including The Chi, Songs that Shook America, Who Killed Malcolm X, Living With Yourself, Sling Blade, American Psycho, Super Troopers, Belly, Brown Sugar, Roll Bounce, Beautyshop and Notorious. In addition to music supervision for films, Cole has a proven track record in soundtrack A&R, music publishing and music clearance. Cole produced the soundtrack for the film "Brown Sugar," was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Soundtrack Album and the single from the film "Love Of My Life" performed by Erykah Badu and Common won the Grammy for R&B Single Of The Year.
Barry Cole's talent and artistry as a music supervisor caught the attention of Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. In 2004 Blackwell tapped Cole to oversee and manage Blackwell's publishing catalog of over 15,000 songs including the catalogs of such luminaries as Bob Marley, Free, Grace Jones, Baaba Maal and Amadou and Mariam. Cole and Blackwell were co-Grammy nominees for their work on the music for the documentary “Marley” directed by Kevin McDonald.
Cole is currently based in New York and maintains Spot Music and provides supervision and consultation services to the global entertainment industry.
GMS 2022: Crafting Niche Music Soundtracks for Film/TV
10/13/22, 7:30 PM
Is weaving the perfect soundtrack akin to method acting? How do you inhabit the minds of the people portrayed on screen and select the right music to support or drive their stories? Hear NYC music supervisors from across a spectrum of diverse film and TV work discuss their approaches to the craft.