We are an award-winning team of musical thinkers. We leverage a collective of brilliant and talented composers, artists, engineers and producers, spread across the globe but instantly available. We assemble the right team for your project and put them in the best position to make something inspiring.
We’ve worked with some of the biggest brands, agencies and game publishers in the world, and we’re proud to say that we’ve always been flexible enough to work with some of the smallest too.
We started COPILOT in 2008 because we saw media, advertising and gaming evolving and wanted to be part of that. We crave projects that challenge us to solve new problems, to improvise.
Meet our founding partners Ravi + Jason:
Jason Menkes (Partner + Executive Producer) is a respected creative music producer who brings an unusually thoughtful approach dedicated to the strategy, creation and implementation of music for branding and advertising campaigns.
He is co-owner and executive producer at COPILOT Strategic Music + Sound (founded in 2008), where he has produced both original scores and supervision of licensed music for campaigns as diverse as Visa, Bethesda Softworks, Jell-O, Acura, Avon, ESPN, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Fidelity Investments, Disney, Express, VH1, and Verizon.
In 2009 Menkes became New York Chapter President for the Association of Music Producers (AMP) and the year prior was named the youngest member to the AMP National Executive Board.
His work at COPILOT has been honored at prestigious award shows including the Cannes Lions, AICP Show, AICP Next Awards, AMP Awards, CLIO Key Art Awards, Game Marketing Summit, and London International Awards. He has also been selected to a juror for the CLIO, AICP, and AMP Awards.
During the five years prior to launching COPILOT, Menkes advanced to Executive Producer at Sacred Noise, overseeing creative production on prestigious national advertising campaigns such as Coca-Cola, GE, L’Oreal, BMW Mini, Cadillac, HomeGoods, Burger King, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he rose over two years to Executive Producer for both the New York and Los Angeles offices of tomandandy, working on Canon, Target, and Diet Coke, as well as fashion shows, original art installations and the film scores to The Rules of Attraction and The Mothman Prophecies.
In the music departments of blue-chip advertising agencies Grey Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi, and BBDO, he added breadth to his career managing original musical composition, production, and strategic music licensing agreements for clients as varied as Oil of Olay, General Mills, Bank of America, and Chrysler.
Menkes was an Assistant Professor of Music Business at New York University, where he taught about the commercial music industry and the changing dynamic between bands and brands. Has has served as a guest speaker and panelist on crossroads of music and marketing at SXSW, VCU Brand Center, NYU, and the University of Rochester.
A musician in his own right, he has studied voice, percussion, piano, musicology, theory and composition, and maintains a collection of unusual instruments from his travels abroad.
tel: 212.213.6880 x1
email: jason *at* copilotmusic.com
Ravi Krishnaswami (Partner + Creative Director) is an award-winning composer and songwriter for media and games. His credits include Super Bowl commercials, AAA video games, top-rated apps, landmark retail installations, long running television themes, network IDs, and numerous short and feature length films. His work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Association of Music Producers (AMP), London International Awards, Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, and the Game Marketing Awards.
Krishnaswami was raised in Ardsley, NY, where piano lessons and school orchestra inspired him to spend his paper route money on a cassette four-track and an electric guitar. As a music and English major at the University of Virginia, he studied poetry writing, ethnomusicology, film music and electronic music composition. He also formed an indie-pop band called Charming.
Moving back to New York City, Krishnaswami joined Sacred Noise, an advertising-focused music production studio and was quickly redefining the musical sound of the US Army and Pontiac as a young staff composer. Over a ten year period, he scored national spots for major brands such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, GE, Pfizer, Volvo and Cadillac.
In 2008, Krishnaswami departed Sacred Noise to launch COPILOT with his longtime producer Jason Menkes. As founding partner, creative director and lead composer, he has continued to work on ads while expanding into interactive media for clients such as Visa, Verizon and World Wildlife Fund, and into the gaming world, with credits for Fallout 3, Dishonored, Wolfenstein, Tetris and BattleCry.
As a songwriter and producer, Krishnaswami has written and recorded three albums with Charming, and collaborated with The Magnetic Fields (Nonesuch), Sharon Jones (Daptone) and Yung Chen Lhamo (Real World). As a guitarist, he is a founding member of the highly acclaimed tribute act The Sons & Heirs, who have brought the music of The Smiths and Morrissey to fans across the globe.
Krishnaswami is currently a member of the music composition faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, mentoring MFA candidates in scoring for media and songwriting. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, daughter and rescue dog. He has finished the NYC marathon twice and enjoys swimming and yoga.
tel: 212.213.6880 x2
email: ravi *at* copilotmusic.com