WHO WE ARE
Cove Music is a small, independent company co-founded by brothers, Thomas & Oliver Spencer.
Our core services centre on custom & trailer music; incorporating composition, orchestration, & arrangement, songwriting, vocal coaching and all aspects of music recording from concept to mastered delivery and digital distribution.
Our team members include Grammy and Emmy nominated professionals and we collaborate with top class musicians to best suit the projects we work on.
WHERE WE STUDIED
We both studied at Trinity College of Music, London and the
Royal Academy of Music, London.
WHERE WE WORK
We operate on a day to day basis in our studio in Devon, England. However, with many jobs being US centric our work hours are highly flexible.
We also record and produce in studios including Abbey Road Studios, Air Lyndhurst, Angel Studios, and with Orchestras in England and
Thomas trained as a singer, studying voice at Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he gained his post graduate and teaching diploma. He combines his work with Cove with his solo career as a performer and recording artist, and latterly as a vocal coach. He has performed as a session singer on over 20 blockbuster films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Mamma Mia, The Great Gatsby and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
His experience on both sides of the microphone gives him a unique insight and a detailed knowledge of the recording process, which can add real value to the artists he works with. As a Producer, Thomas is passionate about exploring ideas, where even the smallest detail can make a difference and is well known for finding an artist's elusive and defining sound.
A notable project was working with the iconic band, Air Supply, producing the orchestral sessions for relaunching their hits with a 'classical' twist.
He is a true 'creative' and possesses the ability to remove any constraints to innovative thinking. His ability to come up with ideas is well known, they may not all be adopted or the key to fame and fortune, but he is relentless in coming up with them, usually on the spot!
ORCHESTRATOR / ARRANGER
Having trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music in London, composer & songwriter Oliver Spencer spends his working life in multiple time zones, and in his words, exists somewhere between Devon, England and Los Angeles, living mainly in the UK and working for US clients.
He writes regularly for major production labels including Warner Chappell, Universal and EMI, numerous TV channels and major sports, most notably as an orchestrator/arranger on the 'Monday Night Football' theme for ESPN.
His music has been used for brands such as the NFL, NBA, ESPN, NASCAR, Netflix, Discovery Channel and the BBC.
He has programmed on albums including Il Volo's 'Buon Natale' and Celine Dion's 'Encore Un Soir'. His original songs feature on the albums of his brother Thomas and on the artists who have worked with Cove.
Oliver is married to Jenny, a viola player and has 2 sons, William and Sebastian, and a daughter Henrietta.
WE ARE COVE
We decided a long time ago we would take a very different route into the music industry. We wanted the freedom to be ourselves, to be original, to evolve. For us, setting up our own music company just felt the right thing to do. It may not have been the easiest route (or the most advisable), in fact at times it was probably sheer madness, but it was empowering. We now know how naive we were at the outset, but in some ways learning as you go is the most beneficial life experience. What started out as a means to record our own music is now growing and the possibilities are endless.
Our first purchase was some basic recording equipment and we set up camp in our basement kitchen. Armed with our first album, we then tried everything, from cold calling to singing in the street. Miraculously, the album achieved a Top 20 chart position, but the success went largely unrecognised. Undeterred, we set our sights on album no.2!
We remember the day we stepped on a plane to fly from our home in England to Los Angeles on the loose promise of a five-minute meeting to discuss our music. Many people have a word for that, but we prefer 'bold'. Unsurprisingly, that didn't work out, but one thing led to another and in the end, we stayed considerably longer and part of our hearts now belong to the 'City of Angels'.
We dream big; we believe in hard work, perseverance and sheer determination to overcome the obstacles this industry invariably throws at you. An approach that makes us relentlessly optimistic! We're very pleased to say that we've spent the last decade perfecting our craft and can assure our working partners and would-be clients, they are in very good hands!
We see music as a life journey and our story is where it connects to all the wonderful people we meet along the way. You are very welcome to become a part of the Cove family; we hope it creates a memory that will stay with you, a moment in time where you got to do something special.
We have a fantastic team of people who work with us, not for us; which enables us to collaborate with the right expertise in the industry to best suit the project.
What's more, we class as our 'wider' team a range of top professionals, including instrumentalists and orchestral players who have featured on iconic songs. We are also fortunate to know and work with people who go around and beyond the music industry and bring a diverse range of skills and expertise, such as stage lighting, photography and videography.