I love music. It's my passion and what drives me. 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 9 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 starting bringing my first decent DSLR to concerts. Since then, I’ve photographed for SFJAZZ, Stanford Live (Bing Concert Hall), 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 90 (going on 100) music videos of live concerts acting as producer and director. Most recently, I produced Pomplamoose’s 2016 Live Album.
In school, I wanted to provide other students with musical opportunities that I was lucky to find on my own. My freshman year I co-founded the Stanford Jazz Consortium, and became the president. In only 4 years of SJC’s existence, I’ve managed booking such artists as Jon Batiste, Thirdstory, Pete Escovedo, Taylor Eigsti, Eric Harland, Moonchild, and many others. SJC continues to grow and provide musical opportunities for students.
While in school, I started to notice that not all live music was as good as it could be. I became director of the Red Couch Project, a production team providing a platform for artists to share their stories and work. The red couch symbolizes how all performances should feel: real, intimate, and magical. TRCP continues to produce seasons of “Red Couch Concerts” featuring local artists, mostly students. Some of the best musical experiences I have had have been in a small room with an acoustic singer songwriter, and at most 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 believe everyone should have access to the music that makes them happy. Currently I'm working for Patreon and CrowdAmp helping to make tools for creators and artists. I hope to use these skills in building a better future for music and fans.
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