City of Music Career Day | April 10 2014 | EMP Musuem & Vera Project at Seattle Center

Program

What’s your future look like? Any of these words come to mind: performance, concerts, venues, journalism, non-profits, record labels, retail, licensing, broadcasting, MUSIC? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

City of Music Career Day is a one-day educational program that provides high school juniors and seniors and college students direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance. Student participants are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities in music including performance, management, concert production, arts organizations, record label operations, retail, licensing, journalism, broadcasting, and more!

And here’s the best part: this magical day is totally free! Keep on scrollin’ to check out the day’s schedule and to register yourself for the most exciting new music conference for young people this town has to offer!

Schedule

All events take place at EMP Museum and the Vera Project at Seattle Center. Participants will check in at EMP Museum and will be directed to the appropriate venues following the Welcome Address.

8am

Check-In

Attendees may check in at any time prior to the 9am Welcome Address. Be sure to bring your permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian if under 18.

9am

Welcome

We’ll start the day with a quick orientation and introduction by Kate Becker followed by an interview with John Richards and Adam Zacks.

10am

Breakout Sessions

Attendees may choose one of these focused sessions: The Artist, The Industry and Backstage Pass. Session tracks will remain open until filled on a first-come first-served basis. Breakout session leaders will be announced in early September!

The
Artist

(On Stage and Off)

The artist panel features working musicians from various aspects of the Seattle scene. Designed for participants interested in creating music as a career, the discussion will center on how musicians make it in today’s ever-changing landscape.

Moderated by Andrew Joslyn
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis,
Passenger String Quartet

The
Industry 1

(Behind the Stage)

Curious about what’s involved in getting the show on the road and off the ground? This session features industry professionals discussing the nuts and bolts of touring and event production.

Moderated by Jon Stone
One Reel/Bumbershoot

The
Industry 2

(Behind the Scenes)

The industry panel highlights the career paths behind the music, which serve as a backbone in the industry. Participants interested in talent booking, record label, fan club, retail and artist management and art direction will benefit from listening to and interacting with our industry professionals as they discuss the opportunities behind the scenes.

Moderated by Christen Greene
Onto Entertainment

Backstage Pass

This session will give you a hands-on view of the industry in action via interactive training at The Vera Project with live sound, recording, screen-printing, and more.

  • Recording Workshop Vera staff
  • Live Sound Workshop Vera staff
  • Screen-Printing Workshop Vera staff
  • Non-Profit Management Workshop Vera staff
11am

Meet & Eat: Lunch & Table Fair

Carve out some one-on-one time to talk with professionals from a broad spectrum of the music industry—from producers and club booking agents to veterans in management, PR, licensing, marketing, journalism and more. Participants will be able to sign up for one individual Meet & Eat session when they check in at registration. Lunch is provided.

Meet & Eat Mentors
Table Fair
  • AEG Live
  • Barsuk Records
  • Cornish College of the Arts
  • GRAMMY U
  • Lively
  • Musicians’ Association of Seattle
  • One Reel/Bumbershoot
  • PlayNetwork
  • Seattle Theatre Group (STG)
  • Spark & Shine Records
  • ’stache media / RED
  • Sub Pop Records
  • Votiv
1pm

Farewell & Live Performance

The event will culminate with closing remarks from One Reel’s Jon Stone, followed by a special live performance and discussion with a few of Seattle’s own success stories, providing a rocking end to the day.

Moderated by Mark Baumgarten, Seattle Weekly

Otieno Terry (SoundOff! 2014 winner)
Alex Niedzialkowski (Cumulus)

Register

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Permission Slip

Attention Seattle Public School Students and registrants age 18 and under. To be eligible for an excused absence you must download the Permission Slip/Verification Form and complete the steps as outlined. Your school Principal, Assistant Principal and/or teacher must provide approval for you to be eligible for an unexcused absence. Please check with your school about the proper procedure.

REMINDER: You must bring a copy of this form signed by your parent or guardian with you on the day of the event in order to participate. One Reel staff will mark your attendance directly on the form so you can return it to school and verify your participation.

Sponsors & Community Partners

Thanks to the organizations that make Career Day happen!

City of Music The Vera Project EMP Museum KEXP Office of Film & Music Sub Pop Play Network Barsuk Records Seafair Chipotle

Interested in sponsoring this fantastic event for music-focused young adults? Contact us at sponsorship (at) onereel.org for more information.

Panelists, Moderators & Speakers

John Richards
John Richards
Keynote

Adam Zacks
Adam Zacks
Keynote

Adam Zacks is a prolific concert promoter born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He began his booking career at University of Oregon, as National Music Coordinator for the school’s Cultural Forum activities office. With zero experience and equal parts luck and enthusiasm, his first concert booking was Rage Against The Machine and Public Enemy. During college he learned many aspects of the business hands-on, as a touring road manager, sound engineer, stagehand, band manager, poster designer, and club booker for a bar that never bothered asking how old he was (19). After college, he migrated north to Portland to start a family and become the general manager of the Roseland Theatre for independent concert promotion company, Double Tee. In 2000 he accepted a position with House of Blues Concerts' Seattle office booking shows of all sizes, from clubs and theaters to arenas and The Gorge. Soon after arriving in Seattle he presented the original idea for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, which — after a 5 minute meeting — was approved and on its way. The first Sasquatch, a one day affair, sold out in advance. It has steadily grown into an internationally acclaimed multi-day affair, which — 13 years later — is recognized as an industry leader, mentioned in the same breath as larger festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. MTV called it "America's most epic music festival at America's most epic concert venue." In 2007, Zacks moved over to Seattle Theatre Group while still maintaining his role as booker and producer of the festival. At STG, he oversees a programming department responsible for over 500 events annually, which are held primarily at the non-profit group's three historic theaters: The Paramount, Moore, and Neptune.

Danny Baird
Danny Baird
The Industry 1
(Behind the Stage)
Dan Bartell
Dan Bartell
The Industry 1
(Behind the Stage)

Dan Bartell is the Operations Manager for Seafair, Seattle’s longest running summer festival currently celebrating its 65th anniversary. For the past 20 years he has been deeply involved in the music, theater, and arts industries in just about every capacity. Most recently, he has been a project and production manager for several festivals and events including Bumbershoot, West Seattle Summerfest, Art Basel Miami Beach, The Armory Show, and New York Fashion Week.

Mark Baumgarten
Mark Baumgarten
Live Performance

Mark Baumgarten is the editor-in-chief for Seattle Weekly and the author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. In the last decade he has written about music in the Pacific Northwest while serving as music editor of Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, and executive editor of City Arts and Sound magazines in Seattle. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkBaumgarten.

Gloria Connors
Gloria Connors
The Industry 1
(Behind the Stage)

For more than 20 years, Gloria Connors has actively produced special events, concerts, and a wide variety of cultural happenings. She was raised in the entertainment capital of Los Angeles where she got an early start in the music business. After spending over a decade on the road as a sound engineer and production manager for numerous national and international tours, she settled down in Seattle and established Connors and Co., a full service event management production company. She is the co-founder of the Seattle Tattoo Expo (now in it's 13th year) and Seattle Interactive Conference (now in its 4th year) as well as an expert producer of controlled chaos.

Shelby Earl
Shelby Earl
The Artist
(On Stage and Off)

Seattle’s amber-voiced indie-folk artist, Shelby Earl, wasn’t born a songwriter. She became one. And in the words of NPR’s Ann Powers “She writes for those of us who’ve been through a few things.” Earl recognized from long stints in other bands, singing other people’s songs, that she was moved to do more — to become the kind of generative artist she’d long admired. The break up of her band, The Hope, in 2007 began Earl’s search for a role beyond being just “lead singer.” It was that search, and her belief in the rewarding work of songwriting, that led Earl to quit her corporate job in 2009 and start sharing her astoundingly powerful songs. In 2011 she released her debut solo album Burn the Boats, produced by John Roderick of the Long Winters and released on Local 638 Records. The title was inspired by her stepfather telling someone that Earl had “pulled all the boats ashore and burned them” to live her dreams. That was followed by 2013’s critically lauded Swift Arrows.

Christen Greene
Christen Greene
The Industry 2
(Behind the Scene)

Christen Greene is the General Manager and Head of A&R at Onto Entertainment and owner of Faux Pas Productions. She curates and is in charge of a diverse roster of independent artists in many genres including indie rock, folk/singer-songwriter and even slam poetry. In the last eight years, she has signed Hey Marseilles, The Lumineers, PHOX, Chris Pureka and Andrea Gibson to management deals and led them all to subsequent record deals and releases and worldwide tours. She currently resides in Seattle, WA but used to call Brooklyn, NY (and before that Washington, DC) home. In 2013, she was nominated and graciously accepted a position on the Pacific Northwest Board of Governors for the GRAMMY organization where she is also a voting member. She really hates cold calls but really loves swimming in lakes.

Maya Halfon
Maya Halfon
The Industry 2
(Behind the Scenes)

Maya Halfon is a music supervisor for Microsoft, specializing in videogames for Xbox, but also extending to game trailers, mobile games and apps, and anywhere else Microsoft sees fit to use music. Though she lives in Seattle, she’s bounced from coast to coast, starting off in Los Angeles doing licensing and background music selection for independent label Quango Records, music supervision at Michael Welsh Productions for the likes of Macy’s, Chico’s, and Chivas Regal, then to New York to act as Creative Licensing Director for all medias at Domino Records and Publishing. She’s had the good fortune to place artists such as the Kills, The Arctic Monkeys, The Dead Weather, Four Tet and Yacht, and has landed artists in everything from trailers for games such as Assassin’s Creed Brother, films such as Moneyball, ads for T Mobile, Cadillac and Victoria’s Secret, to TV shows such as Gossip Girl and Sons of Anarchy. Since working on Microsoft, she’s music supervised Nike + Kinect Traning, the forthcoming Kinect Sports Rivals, trailers including Project Spark and Forza 5, games in the Forza franchise, and the Xbox One out of box experience.

Andrew Joslyn
Andrew Joslyn
The Artist
(On Stage and Off)

Seattle-native composer/orchestrator/violinist Andrew Joslyn is a contributing songwriter and composer with the 4x Grammy Award-winning album, The Heist; has performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, toured with folk legend Judy Collins, and has had his work performed by ensembles nationwide. His formative years were spent studying classical music. While studying music composition in college, however, Andrew broke from the regimented routine of his classical training and delved into his own exploration of contemporary music ranging from rock, folk, world to hip-hop, film, and electronic. Now a seasoned performer, composer, and film scorer, he has worked with some of the most iconic Northwest musicians and beyond such as: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age), Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses), Doug Martsch (Built to Spill), Tim Lopez (Plain White T’s), and the Seattle Rock Orchestra.

Fernando Labarthe
Fernando Labarthe
The Industry 2
(Behind the Scenes)

Fernando Labarthe is a young sound designer/composer in the greater Seattle area. He has worked on a few titles — Shadow Slayer, MetalStorm Aces, Nitro, Trade Nations, MetalStorm Wingman, Battle Nations — for Z2 Inc. When he's not field recording or mixing he’s playing indoor soccer in north Seattle or hosting Fifa tournaments. You can visit him at www.fernandolabarthe.com

Jason Lajeunesse
Jason Lajeunesse
The Industry 2
(Behind the Scenes)

Jason Lajeunesse has worked in the music industry since the mid-Nineties. He is managing partner at Neumos, Moe Bar, Big Mario’s Pizza, The Comet Tavern, Barboza, Pike Street Fish Fry, Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge, and Sealed With a Kiss Presents—all of which are located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. In 2012, Jason became the producer and owner of Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) after acting as Program Director from 2006–2011. He was also included in Seattle Magazine’s “Most Influential Seattle People” that year. The most recent business venture in the works is the re-opening of Seattle’s beloved Comet Tavern.

Andrew McKeag
Andrew McKeag
The Artist
(On Stage and Off)

Andrew McKeag is the producer of public programming for Seattle’s EMP Museum, and the guitarist in Presidents of the United States of America. He has over a decade of diverse experience curating, booking, producing, promoting and managing rock events for organizations large and small, including EMP Museum since its inception, and Seattle’s Triple Door and Tractor Tavern. He has been a performing and recording musician for 25 years in pop music projects in Seattle, Portland and San Diego, acting as bandleader, vocalist and/or guitarist for bands including PUSA, The Black Panties, Shuggie and Uncle Joe’s Big Ol’ Driver.

Andrew has played over 500 shows around the world from the diviest clubs to the most lavish theaters and gigantic arena festivals. Being on the receiving end of artist relations and event organization gives him first hand perspective of gigs that range from professionally orchestrated down to the last colored M&M rider detail, to utter chaos. Andrew brings this experience to his work as a producer and promoter, giving him a leg up when it comes to artist relations, contract negotiation, and functioning in an unaffected fashion around famous, rich and crazy people. And as a dedicated co-worker within organizations Andrew is known for his solid performance under pressure, flexibility, effective communications, and sarcastic wit.

Sharlese Metcalf
Sharlese Metcalf
The Industry 2
(Behind the Scenes)

Sharlese Metcalf loves music — especially the fruitful scene full of producers, bands, artist and DJs coming out of the Northwest today — and she feels lucky to be able to share that music every week on KEXP’s “Audioasis” local program. Her career in radio started when she inherited local show “Local Motion” (which she modeled after “Audioasis”) on KGRG at Green River Community College in 2002. After 3 years of hosting Local Motion, she began volunteering at KEXP on “Audioasis”. In 2007, she became the producer of the show and in July of 2012 she received the honor of becoming its host.

Craig Montgomery
Craig Montgomery
The Industry 2
(Behind the Stage)

Craig Montgomery bought his own sound system as a college kid in 1985, then started doing sound in various Seattle clubs. He ended up doing live sound for TAD and Mudhoney, then with Nirvana for their Bleach and Nevermind tours. (He also recordd demo sessions for Nevermind and In Utero.) In-between and afterward, he toured with a plethora of other artists including The Posies, The Fluid, Love Battery, Juliana Hatfield, Hole, and Weezer. In 1995, he entered into a close relationship with the Presidents of the United States of America, doing live audio and recording the album Presidents II. More touring work followed with Meredith Brooks, Eve 6, and the Goo Goo Dolls. In the early 2000s Craig decided to stay home and took a job doing audio-visual work for corporate events, and there he mixed large and small meetings for clients including Microsoft, Boeing, and Starbucks Coffee. Since 2005, he has been happily back in the local music community as Lead Sound Technician at the Triple Door (www.thetripledoor.net)

Phillip Peterson
Phillip Peterson
The Artist

Phillip A. Peterson is a Seattle-based composer and orchestrator who studied cello starting at age 3 and began touring Europe as a principal cellist at age 17. He has been commissioned to compose and arrange for the Seattle Symphony, and has written over two hundred works for his Experimental Orchestra, conducting his and other works in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

In addition to recent work composing for PBS, Peterson has also produced records for Portugal. The Man and Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground. He has arranged and recorded/performed strings for P!nk, A$AP Rocky (feat. Florence and The Machine), Gym Class Heroes (feat. Adam Levine), Trey Songz, Lupe Fiasco (feat. Ed Sheeran), Flo Rida, Helmet, Santigold, The Posies, Mastodon, Foxes, Brandi Carlile, Sol Says, LeRoy Bell (X Factor), Cerys Matthews, Carly Connor, Wavves, Mycle Wastman (The Voice), Shaprece, the last three Nada Surf albums adn Owl City’s multi-platinum debut record.

With Nada Surf, he has performed on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly. He has also shared the stage with BB King, Kenny Loggins, Al Green, The O’Jays, LeAnn Rimes, Heart, Yes, Blues Traveler, Taj Majal, Mavis Staples, Queensrÿche and the Temptations.

Phillip recently finished production for Big In Japan The Movie, featuring his band Tennis Pro, including his original soundtrack.

Jon Stone
Jon Stone
The Industry 1
(Behind the Stage)

Jon Stone has been involved in event management and production since 1988, working in myriad areas including cultural events, festivals, concerts, nightclubs, theater, and fine arts installations. He has worked in a variety of roles for One Reel since 1992, including key leadership positions at Bumbershoot, Teatro Zinzanni and the Summer Nights concert series. He directed One Reel's production department for seven years before assuming the role of Executive Director in 2011. Jon currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Festivals and Events Association, is a business advisor to the Rat City Rollergirls, and is a city council appointee to the Seattle Music Commission where he chairs the Youth and Community Committee.

Naomi Wachira
Naomi Wachira
The Artist
(On Stage and Off)

There’s no doubt that there’s a better future in store for Naomi Wachira, especially after her great breakout year in 2013. Named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weekly and featured on their cover, Naomi became the toast of the town. After developing a friendship with the much-loved indie songwriter Damien Jurado, he came onboard to produce her self-titled debut album. Born and raised in Kenya, Naomi is the daughter of a Kijabe pastor, and she joined the traveling family band at five years old, spreading the good word through gospel song. When you listen to Naomi’s songs, you’ll hear the lifelong influence of two powerful, groundbreaking female songwriters: Miriam Makeba and Tracy Chapman. Makeba became one of the biggest stars on the continent through her socially aware songwriting, something she shared closely with American songwriter Tracy Chapman. In her debut album, it is clear that Naomi is inspired both by the music she discovered in America and the music she grew up with in Kenya, not a Western conception of how African music should sound.

Michael Wansley
Michael “The Wanz” Wansley
The Artist
(On Stage and Off)

With humble beginnings performing soulful renditions of “Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog” on the school playground, Michael Wansley developed an affinity for music at an early age, performing wherever he could for anyone who would listen. Thanks to rising hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Wanz grabbed the national spotlight thanks to his unforgettable hook on “Thrift Shop,” and now tours the world with them, charming fans from all walks of life with his captivating vocals and unparalleled stage presence. He’s currently putting the final touches on a solo EP, which is due out this summer. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Teddy Pendergrass and Bill Withers, Wanz blends pensive lyrics with tight, soulful grooves on his debut solo effort, producing a fresh sound that will capture your ears and stimulate your mind.

Bekah Zietz
Bekah Zietz
The Industry 2
(Behind the Scenes)

Bekah Zietz works in the Publicity department of Sub Pop Records where she works on national and regional campaigns for their roster of artists. She moved to Seattle in the fall of 2004 and worked part time in the radio department of Sub Pop as well as holding additional jobs as the office manager of Chop Suey and assistant to the NW rep for ADA distribution. From 2005-2010 she worked as the Label Manager of Suicide Squeeze Records, until returning to Sub Pop in 2010.

Alli Adamonis
Alli Adamonis
Meet & Eat Mentor

After completing degrees in Math and Economics, Alli Adamonis quickly realized that math is pretty boring. This insight prompted her to move to the dark side, where she has been pursuing a career in the music industry ever since. She’s worked for some of Seattle’s premier arts and music organizations such as KEXP and The Vera Project in a variety of roles encompassing marketing, development, events, and beyond. In her second year as One Reel’s Marketing Manager, Alli is currently focusing her efforts on any and all marketing endeavors relating to Bumbershoot.

Edgar Aldrett
Edgar Aldrett
Meet & Eat Mentor

Edgar Aldrett is Account Manager and Music Content Acquisitions Coordinator at ScreenPlay, Inc. where he obtains music video content for ScreenPlay’s ever growing library of digital content, working with everyone from major labels down to independent artists. His clients include PlayNetwork, Hard Rock Café, Netpulse, Orange Door, Helios and EMP, who rely on ScreenPlay to provide music video content for venue programming. He has worn numerous hats within the company including video editor, quality control lead and encoding specialist but his foray into music started with his love for audio engineering, which he studied in Los Angeles. He has played in numerous bands in Los Angeles and later in Seattle, where he became well immersed in the growth of online audio and encoding as well as live sound. Previous experience includes working at Loudeye.com, HealthTalk.com as head audio engineer, running his own business (EarCandy Audio), and working with bands such as Super Deluxe and The Melody Unit.

Betsy Bolte
Betsy Bolte
Meet & Eat Mentor

Betsy Bolte is a rap music industry executive that began her publicity career at Priority Records, the preeminent west coast gangster rap label that launched the solo careers of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records, and whose roster included Snoop Doggy Dogg (Death Row Records), Ice-T, Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records and Master P’s No Limit Records. Bolte went on to spend several years at No Limit before opening Betsy Bolte Public Relations, where she represented Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg, 8Ball & MJG, Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella and Pharrell Williams and partnered with Island Def Jam, Warner Bros. Records, Priority/Capitol and Sprite. She has created and executed national media campaigns for albums, soundtracks, compilations, national tours and independent record labels. Her experience includes publicity, media training, marketing and branding, artist development and talent relations.

Jennifer Czeisler
Jennifer Czeisler
Meet & Eat Mentor

Former Sub Pop VP of Licensing Jennifer Czeisler founded the label’s licensing department and ran it for sixteen years. In July of 2012, she decided she wanted to swim in different waters and put her talent towards founding Rogue Octopus, a sync licensing company focused on Northwest artists and labels, and built to help musicians land film, TV, and commercial placements. Jen’s abilities have showcased themselves in music placements for bands such as The Shins, Iron & Wine, The Postal Service, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, CSS, and others. Jen received her B.A. in International Studies and her law degree both from the University of Washington. When she isn’t dominating in the licensing world, Jen pursues her passion for music by performing in a Pixies cover band and acting as lead vocalist in March Lions.

Meli Darby
Meli Darby
Meet & Eat Mentor

Melissa “Meli” Darby turned her passion for music into a career as a concert promoter. Her journey began at age 13 when she testified in front of City Council in opposition to the Teen Dance Ordinance. In 2000 she joined forces with The S.H.O.W. (Student Hip Hop Organization of Washington) producing all-ages hip-hop events through the UW. She founded ReignCity (formally Obese Productions), the Northwest’s leading urban event promotion company since 2003. Also former Talent Buyer for Nectar Lounge (2009–2011), and now current Senior National Buyer for The Crocodile.

Gwendolyn Elliott
Gwendolyn Elliott
Meet & Eat Mentor

Gwendolyn Elliott was a freelance music writer for years before she joined Seattle Weekly, writing and blogging for sites and magazines like Reverb, Paste, City Arts, and many others. As Entertainment Editor at Seattle Weekly, she edits the music section and collaborates with a talented team of editors, writers, freelancers, and interns to assemble one of the nation’s longest-running alternative newsweeklies each week. Over the years, Gwendolyn has captured the stories of local musicians like Shannon Stephens and Hart Kingsbery, actor-musicians like Reggie Watts and Jeff Bridges, and once did some stretching with Bill Murray. Recent highlights from her career include a series of cover profiles of women involved in Seattle's incredible creative scene, editing Duff McKagan’s weekly column, and stirring up controversy with Ryan Adams.

Martin Feveyear
Martin Feveyear
Meet & Eat Mentor

Martin Feveyear is a British-born record producer, mixer, recording and mastering engineer based in Seattle. Beginning as a singer, songwriter and musician, Feveyear soon began recording work for artists in both the UK and US before moving to Seattle in 1992. Together with Christian Fulghum (former bassist for Sister Psychic), he opened Jupiter Studios, an SSL equipped tracking and mixing facility in Seattle, in 1996. He has since worked with artists and groups—producing, engineering, arranging, mixing, mastering, songwriting and playing additional instruments—such as Queens of the Stone Age, Presidents of The USA, Brandi Carlile, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan, Blue Scholars, Common Market, J Pinder, The Saturday Knights, Kings Of Leon, Jesse Sykes, Tilson, Zoe Muth. Amber Pacific, Shelby Earl, Starr Anna, Duff McKagan, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head/Brite Futures, Slender Means, Mono In VCF and REM amongst many others.

Recent works include releases for Mark Pickerel, Mark Lanegan, The Redwood Plan, Victoria Contreras, Campfire OK, Davidson Hart Kingsbery, Barbara Trentalange, Radio Raheem and Hobosexual, as well as sessions for upcoming releases by Kris Orlowski, Brandi Carlile, PUSA, The Girls, Fly Moon Royalty and The Lumineers.

Rich Hobby
Rich Hobby
Meet & Eat Mentor

Rich Hobby is a dude who looks a lot like a viking that also has gorgeous locks of golden merman hair and a majestic ginger beard. He has also been working in the Northwest music scene for the past six years in event creation, promotions, photography, videography, and marketing, and just recently left his position as “King of the Nerds” at EMP Museum to become the Content Manager for the new concert and nightlife site Do206.com. Areas of expertise include: band and event promotions, social media management and content generation, press relations, arts and culture marketing, dragon taming, Lady Gaga calisthenics, chicken photography for Krist Novoselic (just ask), and french fry consumption. Got a new band or looking for advice on a music or arts gig? He's your guy, or can at least point you towards the person that knows the person you should actually be talking to.

Evan Johnson
Evan Johnson
Meet & Eat Mentor

Evan Johnson moved from West St. Paul, Minnesota to attend Seattle University in 2009 and has been involved in music ever since. During his time in school, he coordinated the annual on-campus music festival and also interned for in the development department at 90.3. After graduation, he was a programming intern for One Reel/Bumbershoot and later an intern for Neumos and Barboza. After months of assisting with booking at those venues, he became the booker and marketing manager at The Rendezvous in Belltown.

Jeramy Koepping
Jeramy Koepping
Meet & Eat Mentor

Jeramy Koepping is an engineer, producer, composer and sound designer with fifteen years of experience as an audio professional and performing musician. He started in the business with no bigger ambition than to simply make his own bedroom recordings sound better. He instantly caught the audio bug, and since then has been refining and expanding his interests and abilities. Since 2000 he has worked almost every corner of the audio world; as a sound designer for video games, composer of film, video game and TV scores, music supervisor for film, teacher, road crew for touring bands, producing, mixing and mastering other people's music and writing and playing in his own bands.

DeVon Manier
DeVon Manier
Meet & Eat Mentor

DeVon Manier is the President and Talent Manager at Sportn’ Life Music Group, Seattle’s longest operating independent Hip Hop/Soul/RnB record label and management company. Since co- founding Sportn’ Life in 2002, Manier has fostered some of the Northwest’s most exciting and prominent talent, such as: Nissim (formerly D.Black), Fly Moon Royalty, Fatal Lucciauno and Spac3man. Artists under his management have had music licensed by MTV, ESPN, Under Armour and in motion pictures, reached top 5 CMJ chart positions, played some of the country’s most esteemed music festivals and have shared the stage with some of the most renowned names in the industry including: NaS, Ice Cube, Big Boi, The Wu Tang Clan, Macklemore, Mos Def, Allen Stone and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. In 2006, Manier received the Martin Luther King County Award for Excellence in Hip-Hop, and he currently serves as a Seattle Music Commissioner, and a Vera Project Advisory Board member.

Joe Reineke
Joe Reineke
Meet & Eat Mentor

Joe Reineke has nearly 20 years experience as a professional producer/engineer, and a legacy as a musician that extends back even further. His musical journey began in the early ’80s punk scene and by 1990, he had formed The Meices, the legendary San Francisco pop-punk outfit who went on to release two major label albums. He went on to form Alien Crime Syndicate and relocate to Seattle, eventually opening Orbit Audio, a recording studio in Pioneer Square. Over the course of his career, he’s signed three different major label record deals, and worked with more than a few indies, releasing nine full length albums plus numerous EPs and singles. As a musician, he’s made records from London to New York to LA., and his music has also aired in over 1,000 film and television shows internationally, continuing to this day.