I love music – it’s my passion and what drives me. I love creating music, discovering music, organizing music, and helping others do the same. I want to create positive change in the music industry by lowering barrier to entry for artists and fans. I think artists should have better tools for getting their music out and fans should have better tools for finding exactly the music they love.
My story starts with performance – 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. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I can balance the musical needs of the artist with the musical needs of the fans. I believe that the best shows tread the fine line between complete artistic freedom, novelty, and just enough familiarity to keep fans satisfied.
I dabble in concert photography, my past clients include SFJAZZ, Stanford’s Music Department and Bing Concert Hall. Being a musician helps a lot with capturing the right moments. I’ve booked over 30 large concerts (100-700 audience) at Stanford and produced live concert videos of most of them. Naturally, I started doing video work for independent artists as well. My latest film and studio project was producing Pomplamoose’s 2016 Live Album.
I’m working towards a computer science degree and hope to create technology solutions for musical problems. Most recently, I've worked at Patreon, CrowdAmp, and Chartmetric creating tools for creators, influencers, and record labels. A lot of music industry folks haven’t accepted yet that streaming is the future, but I think that streaming is the now, and the future remains to be discovered. If I figure out what that is, I’ll let you know.
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