Meet The Team!
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Jake had the idea to start DFMR after he noticed a trend. Many of the independent artists he worked with had the talent and passion to release good music, but were failing to find an audience. Thinking a different approach may be needed, he got his master’s degree in music business and audio engineering training, and thought up the idea of a student-run record label.
Now two and a half years into running the label, Jake’s music industry class and DFMR have had a positive influence on the local music scene by teaching students the ins and outs of the music industry, including how to market and protect their work in order to reach a wider audience. Students in his class have gone on to find work in the music industry, successfully start their own bands, and market their songs more effectively.
Flunky "the" Ghost
For centuries, the ghost of students' past has haunted the current roster of DFMR students. Flunky, we call him, is a lover of music above all else. Due to his lack of a corporeal form however, he has never been a part of a band himself. So he remedies this problem by lending a helping disembodied voice to the students, so that no one shares the same fate as him.
Business and A&R
Damen grew up with his father as his primary musical influence, as well as artists like Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, and J. Cole. He eventually began producing his own beats, and started attending SRJC with the goal of getting a job in the music industry.
Fun fact: Damen lived in North Carolina for 3 years
Catherine is a multi-instrumentalist and self taught producer/audio engineer. Since she began attending SRJC, she has made it her goal to obtain her AA in digital media audio while fostering connections with peers and learning from experts in the audio industry.
Fun fact: Catherine has a background in writing, theater, and visual arts.
Tyler has had a fascination with music since she was young. Inspired by both her high school music teacher and the works of Green Day, Tyler has been working on writing music with the intent of joining a band or being a solo artist some day.
Fun fact: Tyler learned to read by playing World of Warcraft.
Though Irys herself is not a musician, she's had a passion for music since she was a child. Her love for music was eventually reignited by some of her high school friends and now she's pursuing her associates degree in digital media.
Fun Fact: She has a collection of CD’s she collected with her father when she was younger
Finn Cook brings a background in underground music to the table. With five years of skill development, he aspires to learn how to apply effective music promotion to his own work.
Fun Fact: Dual citizenship in Australia and the United States
"The People People"
Liz’s fascination with music began when she was 14, after watching members of her family perform on stage. After teaching herself how to make electronic music, she decided to pursue a career as an audio engineer, and is currently attending SRJC to further that goal.
Fun fact: Liz has produced music for several indie Vtubers.
Max got into music young by watching his dad work as a live sound and mastering engineer. Growing up surrounded by musicians, he set a goal to become a successful producer, but isn't picky so long as he gets to work in the music industry. Max has also been involved in theater for most of his school life, and has acted in independent films and local theater productions.
Fun Fact: Max learned how to DJ and performed at a festival this summer.
Angie has been playing music at a young age by singing cover songs with her best friend, but her fascination towards music began when the sound engineer at her Church gave her the chance to learn how to run a soundboard. Now she is currently in a production team at her church, running the soundboard, mixing live music, and doing stagework. While finishing the digital audio program at the SRJC, she would love to become an audio engineer.
Fun Fact: She has done live mixing for the Railroad Music Festival.
Dieneji got into music from his mom and dad who were in a band together for years. He mainly sings but he knows how to play the guitar and piano. He’s taking this class to learn what steps are needed to protect his music and what goes on in the background of the music industry.
Fun Fact: I’ve played guitar for 5+ years.
Levi's musical journey began at school, where he took piano lessons and joined his middle school's band. Watching movies and playing video games inspired him to further his musical education with the goal of pursuing a career in sound design and foley.
Fun Fact: He is also working towards becoming a nurse.
"The Mind Readers"
Born and raised in the Philippines, Thomas himself is not a musician. Despite this he is an audio enthusiast, and is currently enrolled at SRJC with the goal of learning more about the subject he loves.
Fun Fact: Thomas and his brother used to run an IT business.
Jake began learning guitar at the age of 12, and has been playing music ever since. He currently works as an instructor at the school of rock where he teaches guitar, bass, and drums. Jake is also currently in a band where he applies his talents as a bassist and background vocalist, and is usually working on other projects in his spare time to keep himself busy.
Fun Fact: One thing he cannot live without is blood.
Oscar's passion for music began in middle school, listening to artists in the latin, hip hop, and rock genres. He played clarinet in his elementary school band percussion in middle school. Now attending SRJC, Oscar aspires to be a professional level audio engineer.
Fun Fact: He can cook minute rice in 59 seconds.
Cameron began making music on his own at the age of 10, and later went on to complete a degree in instrumental music. He is currently pursuing an additional degree in digital media composition, and is also learning piano.
Fun Fact: Cameron has been a competitive fencer for most of his life in the Bay Area. He has 3 national medals!
Gabe doesn't have what most would consider a conventional background in music. Starting with nothing but a pirated copy of FL studio, Gabe threw himself into the world of music production and hasn't looked back since.
Fun Fact: Gabe is currently working on his own fighting game.
Alex is a musician who has performed with bands all over Sonoma County at venues like the Phoenix Theater. Currently Alex is finishing the digital audio program at the SRJC with the goal of working in a recording studio.
Fun Fact: He plays the guitar and loves the blues.
Ben’s journey in music began when the guitar player of a jazz band captured his attention, and ever since he has pursued a career in music. He is currently interning at Prairie Sun Live, helping bands with their performances. Ben’s ultimate goal is to work in a recording studio or as a sound designer for games.
Fun Fact: His cousin is a famous Minecraft YouTuber.
Alan is a multi-instrumentalist who taught himself guitar over the course of 2 years. He loves the process of recording and mixing, and hopes to one day start his own record label.
Fun Fact: Plays 4 instruments
Joel began mixing music when he was young, and it instilled in him a deep love of the music industry. This passion has helped Joel learn many aspects of music, developing skills ranging from live sound to playing various instruments. Joel’s dream is to own his own label, or work in post production for films.
Fun Fact: In 2011, he got to go on tour with The Ying Yang Twins and has done a lot of photography with the Kottonmouth Kings.