Bill and The House of Peace Bisquit put their inimitable stamp on everyone from that slab of soul, Colton Ford, to glittering scene-stealers like Cazwell, Le Tigre, Amanda Lepore, Tom Tom Club and RuPaul to favorite divas like Ultra Naté, Jody Watley, Jill Jones, N'Dea Davenport and Crystal Waters to bumping film soundtracks for films like "Another Gay Sequel," “Another Gay Movie,” “Inside Deep Throat” "Party Girl" and “Party Monster.” Additionally, Bill is currently coordinating remixes for Solange, Alanis Morrrisette, MIchelle Williams, The B-52s.
On the performance tip, Bill Coleman is the creator of the ‘crunkadelic’ supertroup Daisy Spurs. The “cuntrypunkgogomashupelectrohouse” outfit incorporates dance, song and lip synch into a frenetic, hi-NRG spectacle. They’ve been described by electrocrash pioneer DJ Larry Tee as “Outkast on steroids” and by various fans as Peaches meets Vanity 6 and can be seen at the hottest underground clubs in NYC. (Watch "Daisy Spurs Hate EvErYBoDy.")
As an international DJ Bill and his beats can be found bumping the night away at popping spots around the globe. Upcoming gigs listed below. Please check Bill Coleman's MySpace page for listings.
10 Q&A's With Peace Bisquit's Bill Coleman
Top: DJ Bill Coleman | Bill & Jody Watley | Cazwell, Johnny, Bill
Bottom: Bill, JoJo & Paul (of The Ones), DJing at Baña, Bill, Ultra Naté & Colton Ford
Who can turn the club on with his style? It's Bill, boys (and girls), and you should know it. Bottling the combustible cocktail that is equally parts Downtown attitude, a savvy sense of style and an fiercely on point music production, Bill Coleman and his company Peace Bisquit are the go-to posse for those who want to tap into the pumpingest of pop culture pulses.
With a fistful of colorful projects on the verge of release–Colton Ford’s collection of reworks, “Under The Covers,” Cazwell’s debut full-length “Watch My Mouth,” Ultra Naté's unruly Baltimore-booty foray "Things Happen At Night," Westward”–the hot Parisian electro-rock duo Pravda’s debut, a "Living For the Weekend" club-stomper single from former purple Prince-ess, JIll Jones, the lounge-tastic introduction of new UK electro-pop band I Like It Electric and, last, but not least, the full-length album from the worlds #1 transsexual, Amanda Lepore titled "I...Amanda Lepore" [inhale] we fired off this quick Q&A with the maestro behind the madness. Read it below this collage of forthcoming album art/artist photos:
1. You are A. Busy. Man. Not only do you have you management company and record label, Peace Bisquit, you also have your performance troupe, Daisy Spurs, do film music supervision ("Party Girl," "Party Monster", the "Another Gay Movie" series), are a Dazzle Dancer, a member of Jody Watley's touring band and DJ non-stop. How do you keep all those balls in the air?
It's easy! These are my passions. Music and dancing. Firstly, my partner in crime - Angelo "Pepe" Skordos really is the heartbeat of the company and keeps everything on track while I'm being a whirling dervish - I honestly couldn't be on this adventure without him.
I feel blessed to not only work with awesome, incredibly talented individuals in varying mediums but to also turn folks on (and out) to sounds through dj-ing, fierce beats, positive energy and expression through dancing and movement. It's why I'm here, really...but I also know when I need to take breaks and recharge the batteries. I'm in a constant search of a balance between working hard and playing hard. I end up pulling some crazy hours sometimes, for sure but don't get me wrong - no one likes sleep more than I do!
Other than that - we're just trying to put out some good tunes, help others do the same in an ever-changing climate, remain somewhat lucid (before 8pm) and have fun in the process! Support aural recycling.
2. From Ultra Naté to The Ones (also in the studio completing their new album), to Colton Ford, Peace Bisquit projects all have a certain glittery edge to them. What is your ultimate goal when producing a project?
Thanks! Glittery hopefully means they are being noticed! To help the artists be the best with whatever resources we have at our tips is one of our main goals. Push folks and myself to be their best, perhaps discover things about ourselves that we hadn't and never be complacent. Especially making this type of music.
For Peace Bisquit, I tend to like things that are slightly eccentric and left of the dial but with the potential of having tremendous impact. Not necessarily always in sheer numbers but in that they make a sincere statement whether it's a banging party record or something more contemplative and with a message. How music and movement can touch folks is intangible.
Finding artists or songs or projects from any genre which can penetrate (so to speak - lol) are key and inspiring! I've also learned that patience and nurturing can help bring out an artist's best work. Sometimes it's overnight and immediate (as we experienced with Deee-lite and "Groove Is In The Heart") or artists find their footing and gain more and more fans over time (like Cazwell).
3. You have two recent additions to the Peace Bisquit roster. The first to I'd like to ask you about is Pravda. So fierce. How did you discover them?
Through a group called Risqué who we managed for about a year and a half (their debut which we co-executive produced and A&R'd will be released this Summer). Pravda guested on that record. I heard their album and fell in love. I wanted to release it here and have as many people discover them as possible. Mac is a musical wunderkind and his charismatic guest vocalist Sue are totally rocking! It's the kind of record I would buy after hearing one song or seeing one of their sexy videos.
4. And now, what about the kooky I Like It Electric?
I met resident maven Sophia Lolley through a mutual producer friend Fuzz Townsend (Bentley Rhythm Ace). He said we should know each other. He was right! I loved what Sophia was working on with Geoff Hornsby. It reminded me of disparate things I like about '60's girl groups, Bacharach & David, Salsoul disco and early electronic groups like Propaganda and Flying Lizards but with hooky songs attached. We've been working on this album for two years - we really hope people are feeling it. They are hard to describe but we love them!
5. They’re British, but their “Touch” video was shot in the East Village. What’s the story?
Only parts were shot in the EV. The band footage was shot in their native England.
6. Any others on the horizon you want to hint at?
Everyone's been in the studio. I feel like a pregnant hen! Expect a platter of new releases this Spring. Ultra Naté, Brooklyn Funk Esentials and Colton Ford will also debut videos to accompany their respective projects. In addition, my performance group Daisy Spurs (who opened for Lady Gaga at her celebrated NYC Haus Of Gaga extravaganza - Bill also dj'd) will release it's debut single and video ,"I Hate Everybody In The Discotheque," this Summer. My Daisy Spurs compatriots are some of the most talented kids in the city—from acrobats to burlesque dancers—we got it covered. Our debut video will celebrate our versatility and full on energy! We also have a bootleg version of our album available called "Pulling Dirty Taffy." Gogopunkelectrocuntrymashuphouse at its very best! oh and my official Dazzle name is Booty DuChef for those inquiring minds!
We also represent a cadre of fab producers and remixers such as Morgan Page, Redtop, Craig C. and Lost Daze. Over the last year, our roster has kicked out remixes for the likes of Madonna ("Miles Away"}, Beyoncé ("Single Ladies"), Rihanna ("Disturbia"), The B-52's ("Juliet Of The Spirits"), Stevie Nicks ("Stand Back") and Lady Gaga ("Just Dance") and been nominated for a Grammy. It's been a rollercoaster ride!
7. Dance music seems to be a genre always in flux. Hot one minute, getting slagged the next. What do you have to say to the slaggers?
8. Your Peace Bisquit email signature is “Grindin’ Since ‘90.” So, how did Peace Bisquit come about?
I was the Dance Music columnist / Singles Reviews editor at Billboard from '87-90. Became a fan of this group called Deee-lite during that tenure and made it my mission to help them get signed to a record deal. We eventually did get a deal and I had to immediately choose between managing them and remaining a journalist because the response to them was so visceral. I jumped shipped at Billboard and started Peace Bisquit. I co-managed the band for their first two albums with the late great Gary Kurfirst (The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads). I signed Ultra Naté at the same time - and we're still working together!
9. What was your first project?
The very first Peace Bisquit projects were Deee-lite's "World Clique" (you can hear me doing crazy vocals on the album's last track "Build a Bridge"), Ultra Naté's "Blue Notes In The Basement", an ESG compilation for Pow Wow Records and also my very first remixes - "I Am Stretched On Your Grave" by Sinead O'Connor and "Wake Up Soon" by The Beloved. I think I also did a remix of "I Got That Feeling" by Rupaul. I can't remember! Seems soooo very long ago. I don't really wax poetic about the past. Today is as interesting and sweet as ever. The things one learns in 20 years though!
10. Finally, What is a Peace Bisquit?
Oh yeah - the name. I always get asked this. LOL. I was schooled on the Lower East Side of NYC during the '80's and '90's. Great parties, clubs, art collectives and venues - so there was a constant influence of diverse musics and people. I've always loved the name of the rock band - Electric Love Muffin and the punk group Gorilla Biscuits who you would see around. I felt if I could just come up with something as remotely instant and memorable as those two names I would be on the right track. A few mushroom-fueled mornings at Sound Factory with Junior Vasquez on the ones and twos ("It's time for 'The Perculator!'" LOL!) and evenings with Hapi Phace or Linda Simpson @ The Pyramid and the name Peace Bisquit was hatched. •