About Me

Born and raised in Napa, California, I started my musical journey with the recorder and violin in Elementary School. My freshman year of high school, I was gifted a Guitar and transitioned from Violin. My knowledge was limited with the only experience being from an amateur Metallica cover band, riffing out songs at home and writing by ear.

With a chaotic childhood, music was my refuge. Wanting to go to school for music with no means and also fueled by older generations in my family, I joined the Army in 2006 at the age of 20. While in Iraq, I joined a few comrades in a band, jamming with what little free time we had. We were able to put on a few small shows for the Soldiers and Civilians that were living on the base. In 2010, after only four months in Afghanistan, I was wounded in action and returned stateside for treatment. During my treatment, I turned to guitar again for comfort during recovery and took three guitar classes online with Berklee.

I then was medically discharged from the Army and moved to Los Angeles, CA to complete an Associate’s Degree in Guitar Performance. After completing, I went on to complete a Certificate in Audio Engineering and Post Production.

Through Musicians Institute’s Internship Course, I Interned at Westlake Recording Studios and soon after was hired on full time. Through my time at Westlake, I moved through the positions of Runner, Studio Technician, Assistant Engineer and Independent Engineer working for the Studio. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to watch talented Producers such as Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen of Stargate, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and many other professionals at work. Experiencing this fueled my passion into Music Production even more so. During my time at Westlake and after I resigned, I produce(d) regularly with co-workers and clients that I developed friendships with.

I resigned from Westlake to enroll in Berklee Online’s Interdisciplinary Music Studies to further my knowledge in Music Production, improve my performance ability, theory knowledge and to connect with other Music Industry Professionals wanting to collaborate. I am currently a full time Bachelor’s Student, an Independent Producer/Engineer, and a Teaching Assistant for Pro Tools 12 & Logic Pro X at Musicians Institute and UCLA Extension.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Teaching Assistant for Musicians Institute
    May 2017 to Present (about a year and a half)

    Assistant Teacher and Lab Operator for Logic Pro X courses taught by Maurizio "Otto" De Togni, Marc Dold and Rob Harkness. Assist Teacher during class instruction. Help students with troubleshooting and questions. Provide current industry scenarios, techniques and applications.

  • Teaching Assistant for UCLA Extension
    April 2017 to Present (about a year and a half)

    Assistant and Lab Operator for a Pro Tools 12 and Logic Pro X course taught by Maurizio "Otto" De Togni. Assist Teacher during class instruction. Maintain class room audio and video equipment. Help students with troubleshooting and questions. Provide current industry scenarios and techniques.

  • Freelance Audio Engineer / Owner for Bb Audio
    March 2015 to Present (over 3 years)

    5 Seconds Of Summer + Digital Farm Animal - Recording Engineer; Bobby Green - Recording Engineer; Lil Durk + Bricc Baby - Recording Engineer; Ayin Aleph - Recording/Mixing Engineer; Prussia - Recording Engineer; Straight Up - Recording Engineer

Past

  • Assistant Engineer for Westlake Recording Studios
    March 2015 to June 2017 (over 2 years)

    "The Get Down" with Exit; Pia Mia; "The Pop Game" with Timbaland; Rihanna - "ANTI"; T-Pain ft. A$AP Rocky; Stargate w/ Rita Ora, Lenny Kravitz, and Chris Martin; Cory Rooney; Fitz and The Tantrums; Nas; Tori Kelly; BloodPop; Julia Michaels; Kelly Rowland; Kevin Hart; Poo Bear; Trey Songz; PND

  • Studio Technician for Westlake Recording Studios
    September 2016 to February 2017 (5 months)

    Maintained, diagnosed, repaired and/or coordinated for repair of professional studio equipment for daily operations. Including reading wiring schematics, sourcing components for replacement, soldering, rewiring, analog console repairs, studio building/remodeling, and maintaining gear inventories.

  • Runner for Westlake Recording Studios
    March 2015 to September 2016 (about a year and a half)

    Train Interns and Runners on responsibilities.Tasks include setting up and tearing down microphones, outboard gear, and analog audio consoles. Facility maintenance, cleanliness, and building security to ensure client and employee safety. Inventory, source, and purchase studio supplies.

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studios; Music Production at Berklee Online
    2017 to Present (Expected completion 2019)
  • Certificate in Audio Engineer and Post Production at Musicians Institute
    2014 to 2015 (1 years)
  • Associate's Degree in Guitar Performance; Independent Artist at Musicians Institute
    2012 to 2014 (2 years)