First and foremost, I love music. It's my passion and what drives me to do all the things I do. Not only do I love making music, I love helping others create music too. Much of my work centers around helping artists and creating positive change in the music industry.
I've been playing keyboards, organ, and piano professionally in the Bay Area for 7 years now in a variety of genres, primarily jazz, R&B, and soul music. My mentors and teachers on the Hammond B3 Organ include Wil Blades and Tony Monaco.
A few years ago, I got my first decent DSLR. Obviously I had to do something music related so I started bringing it to concerts. Since then, I’ve photographed for SFJAZZ, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and Stanford’s Music Department. Photography transitioned naturally into cinematography and I started producing music videos of live concerts. To date, I’ve produced over 60 (going on 70) music videos of live concerts, most of which I’ve also organized. Most recently, I produced Pomplamoose’s 2016 Live Album.
In school, I needed an outlet for my music related energy and I wanted to provide other students with musical opportunities that I was lucky to find on my own. My freshman year I co-founded a student group, the Stanford Jazz Consortium, and became the president. In only 3 years of SJC’s existence, I’ve managed booking such artists as Jon Batiste, Pete Escovedo, Taylor Eigsti, Eric Harland, Moonchild, and many others. SJC provides lots of other musical opportunities for students.
I consider myself a protégé of a brilliant human being and my friend, Stephen Henderson. My freshman year, Stevie showed me the light and opened my world to the music industry and the impact I can have on it. He created the Red Couch Project, a student-run production team providing a platform for artists to share their stories and their work. The red couch symbolizes how Stevie, and I, think all performances should feel: real, intimate, and magical. Since I’ve become the director, TRCP has continued to produce seasons of “Red Couch Concerts” featuring local artists, mostly students. While I love seeing major touring acts in audiences numbering in the hundreds, some of the best musical experiences I have had have been in a small room with an acoustic singer songwriter, and maybe 20 audience members. That’s what Red Couch Concerts are like.
I’m working towards a degree in computer science and hope to apply it to future musical endeavors. Technology has revolutionized the way we create and consume music and has opened infinite possibilities for the future of the music industry. I hope to be an agent of this change and make things better for consumers and artists. I believe everyone should have access to the music that makes them happy.
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