Vanacore Music is the destination for award-winning production music for television, film, advertising, and digital media

We are in the business of telling stories. Our approach is simple: you tell us your vision, and we make it come to life through music. We understand that every project is unique, sometimes less is more and sometimes it takes an orchestra. No matter the place, time, or character, our close attention to detail will capture the essence of what is happening on the screen, giving your project a voice that is both unique and memorable.

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Our Talent

Artists featured here are members of The Young Blood, a loose collective of Vanacore’s most promising young talents who still love and care about music in all its forms. The Young Blood allow Vanacore to bring an unparalleled array of modern styles and sounds to any project, and deliver solutions that are fresh, unexpected and immediately relevant. Vanacore Music is an award-winning production music company for television, film, advertising, and digital media.  We’ve been providing our custom music division, production music libraries and music licensing expertise to producers for 20 years.
Nick Steele

Nick Steele is our musical chameleon whose writing capabilities span a wide range of musical styles/genres. His memorable vocal hooks and catchy underscore tunes have given him the opportunity to write for shows like CatfishThe FaceAmerican Ninja WarriorBig Brother and more.

Upon graduating Indiana University in 2007, Nick headed west to study audio engineering at the Los Angeles Recording School. A meeting with David Vanacore landed him a gig at the studio where he gained a deep appreciation for the talented composers who write for VM. Nick’s fascination for the world of composition flourished, and before long he was using his abilities to write music for us on the side. Eventually he began his journey as a full-time composer and relocated to Nashville where he produces and engineers tracks with local artists.

 

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Matt Koskenmaki

Matt “Danger” Koskenmaki has worked for Vanacore Music since Vanacore Music was just David Vanacore and a computer.  He has since moved on from working in David’s original studio to owning and operating his own studio in La Cañada.  Matt can open any bottle of wine in under 5 seconds, solve a rubik’s cube in under 2 minutes, and is an accomplished welder of modern art.  Four golf courses in Los Angeles have stocked Sierra Nevada beer just for him.  While at Vanacore Music, Matt has received 11 BMI Film & TV Awards for various well-known Reality TV shows such as American Chopper, The Ultimate Fighter, and, most recently, Undercover Boss.

Charles Stephens “Chizzy”

A true producer/songwriter with incredible experience under his belt, Chizzy has produced and co-written on a variety of Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop records, including, most recently, Justin Bieber’s “Playtime”, three tracks on O-Town’s new comeback album ‘Lines & Circles’, two cuts on Jennifer Lopez’s 2014 LP ‘A.K.A.’ (“Same Girl” and “TENS”), and Candice Glover’s debut album “Forever That Man”. In addition to working with Jennifer Lopez and Candice Glover, Chizzy’s music has achieved major placements with artists such as Jordan Knight and Chris Brown. While at Vanacore he has also placed a variety of custom-made Pop and Hip-Hop tracks for TV shows such as VH1’s Black Ink Crew, OWN’s Raising Whitley, and CNBC’s Money Talks.

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John O’Hallaron

John is an artist and producer from Pittsburgh, PA who has been releasing albums with his band Chalk Dinosaur for the past 7 years.  His love for writing, recording and improvising with other musicians began when he picked up the guitar in his senior year of high school.

In love with the instrument and feeling inspired, he ended up at Carnegie Mellon University where he received a Bachelors in Film & Media Studies. Two years ago John joined Vanacore Music and has been one of our go-to guys for Hip Hop, Indie Electronic and Dance music.  If he’s not in the studio composing cues or jammin’ with Chalk Dinosaur you’re likely to find him lighting up tiki torches and relaxing under the firelight in his backyard.

Ehren Ebbage

As a songwriter with 20 years of music experience and in search of an outlet for his original tunes, one lucky cold call to the Vanacore studio landed him an opportunity to become a composer in 2010.

He’s written underscore cues for dozens of TV shows and has licensed numerous original songs for Film, Advertising and TV.  Recent work includes a song placement on Sons of Anarchy, main titles for NBC’s Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Discovery Channel’s Kodiak, History Channel’s Down East Dickering, and TLC’s My Five Wives.  In 2012 Ehren Ebbage received a BMI Film and TV Music award for his work on Undercover Boss. Nashville has become his home where he continues to work on projects with local musicians and songwriters.

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Our Work

Survivor – CBS

Survivor Game Changers has pitted some of the best contestants in the history of the show against each other.

Our mission was to create a sound inspired by the culture and people of the Fiji Islands while still staying true to the familiar sound the fans have come to love over the years. Listen as the tension builds up as votes are cast, resulting in a vote-off for Malcom.

 

 

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Big Brother – CBS

Feel the tension as the heads of household nominate the four house guests that will be fighting for their chance to stay in the house. As Julie Chen says…Expect the Unexpected!

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader – FOX

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader is back and ready to teach you all who really is the smartest.  Our revamped rendition of our original theme song is featured in this scene, along with underscore by our team of composers.

Good Spirits – FYI

Our custom theme introduces you to Matthew Biancaniello, a brilliant cocktail chef, who takes us on a ride around the world as he mixes his passion for unique beverages and culture.

Ink Master – Spike

With 7 seasons under its belt, Ink Master continues to challenge the skills of eager tattoo artists around the country. This scene’s music captures the building tension as judges critique and applaud the work that these artists have shed blood, sweat, and tears for.

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Vanacore Music Notes

Last night, ASCAP hosted their highly anticipated Screen Music Awards at the Wiltern Theater. ASCAP’s top composers gathered for a night of tributes and honors for the best in TV, Film, and Video Game music. Highlights included awards for Film Score of the Year – Michael Giachinno, ASCAP Founders Award – Stephen Schwartz, and Most […]

05 / 17 / 2017
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The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) have joined forces and are seeking mechanical royalty rate increases from the Copyright Royalty Board. Please spread the word and sign the petition. It’s important that we unite so we can be heard.  The music community is watching. Sign + share the petition […]

04 / 07 / 2017
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Vanacore Returns to Realscreen 2017 Its that time of the year for all of us in unscripted! You know it, its Realscreen time.  We will be making our way to the East coast to spend a couple of days in D.C. for the annual Realscreen Summit, known as the go-to event for producers, show runners, […]

01 / 20 / 2017
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Survivor’s Social Experiment Continues As 20 new castaways were being dropped in Fiji for Survivor‘s latest social experiment, we started collaborating with a handful of talented artists & musicians to bring this season’s sound to life.  Even with 33 seasons under our belt, the sound of Survivor continues to evolve. This season, we traveled halfway […]

09 / 21 / 2016
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Scott Medlock + Robby Krieger Invitational 2016   Vanacore Music returned as a proud sponsor of this year’s Scott Medlock + Robby Krieger Invitational 2016. This is an event that is near and dear to our hearts. Not only does this annual event give us the chance to jam with some pretty cool people but […]

09 / 02 / 2016
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