10 Things You Might Not Know About Colin Bell

Colin Bell was born in Old Bridge, New Jersey on April 27th, 1982. He is most notably known as a musician and composer for feature films. Here are 10 things you might not know about Colin Bell.

1. He Composed the Original Score for The Upcoming Movie Biopic “Bezos”.

Everyone is talking about the much-anticipated movie Bezos, which will be released in theaters on July 12th. To compose the score, Colin went for a classic 80s & 90s synth sounds, drawing on sounds of the early internet for inspiration.

2. Colin Was Discovered by Janina Gavankar.

Colin Bell BTS Don’t Look Down

Janina had a plan for doing a cover of “Don’t look down” by Martin Garrix & Usher, but couldn’t find the missing piece. Until she came across the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, who Colin was an arranger for. After she contacted him they did the music and video in under 4 weeks. Colin wrote the entire arrangement in 1 day.

3. He’s Been Teaching Music for Decades.

Not only does Colin play all instruments, he has taught them as well. These include the cello, trombone, trumpet, guitar, drums, and more. Colin has a huge passion for getting kids started on learning how to play an instrument. To this day Colin has taught thousands of children how to play music.

4. He Opened for Rod Stewart as A Kid Playing in a Bagpipe Band.

Colin has always had a gift for music. At the young age of 10 years old, he opened for the world-famous Rod Stewart. Rod was so happy with Colin’s performance that he continued to have Colin open his shows for the following 5 years. Colin would open by playing drums in the bagpipe band, every time Stewart was in NY or NJ

5. Arranged and Performed with Questlove & Janina @ Carnegie Hall.

Following the hit music video with Janina, Colin was contacted to arrange Prince’s Diamonds & Pearls for Janina and Questlove. He ended up rehearsing at 30 Rock with them in The Roots studio. Later Colin joined the stage with them playing at the legendary Carnegie Hall.

6. Colin Studied Film Scoring for His Master’s at Berklee.

Colin wrote Bezos in the middle of getting his master's at Berklee College of Music. It is unheard of for students to compose full-length feature films while in school, let alone have a movie released in theaters. Berklee is known for its pedigree of film composers which include such greats as… Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel), Alan Silvestri (Forrest Gump, Avengers), Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones), and Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings).

7. Happily Married Family Man with 2 kids.

Colin is happily married to his wife Glaucia, who originates from Brazil. They met in college and their children are dual citizens of the US and Brazil. They have two sons, Lachlan and Logan.

8. He Was a Drummer in The Famous Reggae Band “Echo Movement”.

Echo Movement recorded 3 studio albums and several NA tours including 3 Vans Warped Tours. Echo Movement is a 7-piece band with horns, rooted in the love and discovery of science and cosmos. Their last album was a love letter to Carl Sagan, with collaborations with NASA & SETI based on pulsar frequencies.

9. Colin Is Tough as Nails.

Colin is not only a great collaborator but also tough as nails. He has overcome two spinal injuries, first from touring as a drummer and then from a car crash that nearly killed him. That didn’t stop him as soon as surgery let out he was back on tour and composing. He is so tough, during his tour as a drummer, his bandmates would redress his surgery gauze after every show.

10. He Has Been a Drummer for Over 30 Years.

Colin Bell Tough as Nails

Some say he was born with drum sticks in his hands. His father was a drummer and taught him how to play at the young age of 5. Continuing his father's dreams, at the age of 18, he toured in pro drum & bugle corps, The Boston Crusaders. They toured around North America and many NFL stadiums. To this day he still performs often as a drummer.

You can find more information about Colin Bell at the following links.

https://www.instagram.com/njcolin/

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