NARIP Music Supervisor Session #3: Gary Calamar in LA

NARIP Music Supervisor Session #3: Gary Calamar in LA


This audio program is a recording of the NARIP’s Music Supervisor Session with Gary Calamar of Go Music who places music in the multiple award-winning shows including True Blood, Dexter, House and Men of a Certain Age, among others. In this program, one of the best and brightest music supervisors gives precise information about music requirements for his many projects.


At this session you will hear Gary’s reactions and live feedback to song snippets. This is invaluable to understand his needs, interests and preferences, and you will hear exactly what he is looking for now and for ongoing projects.

Placement is the new radio. Get an insider’s peak at how a music supervisor does his job and evaluates music.

Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps 
A&R, Artist Development and Marketing Executives 
Record, Distribution & Music Publishing Executives
Music & Entertainment Attorneys
Anyone seeking placement opportunities in film and television.

PROGRAM DATE: May 12, 2011
PROGRAM TIME: 2 hours, 24 minutes, 46 seconds (2:24:46)


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Gary Calmar

Gary Calamar, Go Music Services

Gary Calamar, president of Go Music, is a Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor for his work on HBO’s “Six Feet Under.” He is currently overseeing the music on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television: “True Blood” (HBO), “House” (Fox), and “Dexter” (Showtime). Gary has also chosen the songs for the films “Varsity Blues,” for which he received a gold record, “Slums Of Beverly Hills” and the forthcoming release “I Love You Philip Morris”. Gary hosts a hit radio show every Sunday night on public radio powerhouse KCRW in Santa Monica. Gary’s unique brand of “adventurous pop music both timely and timeless” has been a favorite of listeners for over a decade. Gary’s book, Record Store Days (with Phil Gallo) about the rise and fall of The Record Store will be released on Record Store Day, April 2010 from Sterling Publishing. The first light young Mr. Calamar saw was on a Westinghouse Capri TV set. He was vaccinated with a phonograph needle. Born in the shadows of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx NY, Gary first found his passions lit when his parents took him to see “West Side Story”. By the time “A Hard Days Night” and “Goldfinger” came out he was hooked on the explosive combination of Movies and Music. He traveled west in the early 80’s landing in Los Angeles. In need of a job that would ensure him a steady flow of promotional records and free concert tickets, Gary stepped behind a cash register and worked retail. He was managing a Licorice Pizza Record store as 12 inch vinyl records turned into 5 inch digital discs and later moved on to Rhino Records mixing with the customers and building up his music collection. In the mid 90’s Gary started as a volunteer at National Public Radio’s influential powerhouse KCRW. After (literally) getting down on his knees and begging music director Chris Douridas for a radio show he was given a shot. Gary’s unique brand of “adventurous pop music both timely and timeless” proved to be a hit. His show “The Open Road” currently airs Sunday nights from 9-Midnight. Through the years Gary has hosted live performances and interviews with musical greats ranging from Brian Wilson and Elmer Bernstein to Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and The Flaming Lips. In 1998 Gary broke into the Music Supervision game and tackled the movie “Varsity Blues”, resulting in a #1 box office hit and a soundtrack album certified gold. At the turn of the century Gary, along with friend and fellow music supervisor Thomas Golubic´ oversaw the music for the HBO original series “Six Feet Under” and were nominated for Grammy Awards for producing both volumes of the ‘Six Feet Under’ soundtracks. He lives in a lovely home in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon with his lovely wife and their amazing daughter. 

Program music courtesy of Sparks & Silhouettes


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