Our instructors represent a diverse group of teaching artists and professional studio/audio engineers, multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, professional DJ’s, computer programmers/mobile application developers, sound designers, and music producers.
A clinical psychotherapist, producer, beat maker, and DJ by the name “Phillipdrummond”, Dr. Gann joined Today’s Future Sound to apply his expertise in psychology to transform the organization into what it is today. As Executive Director, Dr. Gann has taught and presented beat making and music production to over 8,000 students across the globe, including North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Alex is a full-time performer, composer, recording engineer and string arranger who has been teaching art & music for over a decade. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Blum has received international recognition for his original music, collaborating with notable artists like ODDISEE, Wyclef Jean, Raydar Ellis, Anna Wise & DEO of Sonnymoon, M. Constant, Kelton Blackshear, Sid Sriram, Kamal Gamache-Mansour, Charles Burchell, Jamie Woods, Michael Summer, and Wax Roof.
Mike has been a DJ/Producer/Engineer for over 10 years, working with notable Bay Area Hip Hop acts such as Hieroglyphics’ DJ Toure and Casual, Clyde Carson, and Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrix. Since 2007 he has competed in numerous beat battles in the Bay Area and abroad.
Crystal Harrison was a Compliance Specialist at a local solar company just a year ago, when she felt the unwavering desire to follow her dreams as a Music Producer. Now, Crystal has produced and made beats for various aspiring artists, she is a 2015 TFS Beat Battle Winner, and Recording Engineer. In the past year, she has been empowering youth with Today’s Future Sound and Notes for Notes as a Music Producer, Instructor, and Educator.
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Ko is fluent in music production, technology & design. In addition to teaching at the Oakland School for the Arts, Ko is quite the entrepreneur. He founded Upbeet Games, an educational technology app in San Francisco, and Beatshop, which offers affordable music technology classes to youth and adults in Boston and San Francisco.
A film school graduate and self-produced emcee, Jamaal wrote the first Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) and Common-Core standards-based Emcee/Spoken Word Curriculum, which he began implementing in schools, non-profits, and the juvenile justice system in 2004. He is a recent Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song “This Isn’t Art” which he also wrote and produced.
Amy Lee (performing as ANI) is a San Francisco-based live looping musician who uses iPad-based synthesizers to create improvisational DJ-style sets. She loves sharing and educating youth about music and even has developed iPad-based apps which make music approachable and fun. Her day job is as a user experience engineer for tech companies.
Cooper is a producer, MC, audio engineer, and sample-head stationed in Berkeley, CA. As a beat-maker for over a decade, Coop has collected dozens of credits from all over the country. He is currently affiliated with Collective Operations Aligning Supernatural Thought (C.O.A.S.T.), a Los Angeles music collective and No Coast Raps, a Midwest based battle league and record label.
Jason is a beat producer and multi-instrumentalist based in the East Bay. His sound is an exploration in lush Jazz harmony, soulful 80s/90s R&B, futuristic synthesizers, 60s/70s psychedelia, Radiohead, the UK electronica scene, and the LA Beat Scene. He earned his B.A. in Music with a minor in Electronic Music from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Adam holds a B.A. in Audio Recording and B.S. in Environmental Science from CSU, Chico. He is continuing his education at City College of San Francisco’s Community Health Worker: Youth Certificate program. A strong advocate for music as a means of positive self-expression and empowerment, he excels at finding fun and interactive ways to incorporate STEM curriculum into his lesson plans.
Ray’s love for music began at age two when her uncles would blast “Jump Around” by House of Pain. She became obsessed with Sega Genesis Electronica CD’s and then learned to play the recorder, violin, and flute. Currently a DJ, producer, writer, and audio technician, Ray earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Audio and Video Production and has produced three different shows at KSFS.
Originally from Columbia, Mario grew up in Riverside and Los Angeles. As a teen, he became infatuated with music and taught himself to play instruments and make beats. Today, he’s an award- winning producer and accomplished DJ, serving as tour DJ for Planet Asia and regularly DJ’ing Boogie/Funk nights in Los Angeles. He has also won a number of beat battles, including winning the Beat Olympics.
Jacob’s father bought him a drum set when he was 10 years old. By 17 he was an expert beat maker. After falling in love with chopping samples and getting familiar with drum machines, he moved into recording live instruments and vocals, and headed to the School of Audio Engineering (S.A.E.). He’s been featured on albums with Action Bronson, Fabulous and Troy Ave.
Born and raised in New York City, Marlon is a renowned MC, producer, writer, poet, actor, and activist. He’s sat in studio sessions and worked with artists like Fat Joe, Big Pun, Skyzoo, Sir Michael Rocks (The Cool Kids), Sha Stimuli, Domingo and Jake One. He has also recorded with underground mainstays like Jean Grae and Pumpkin Head. His debut album, “The Wake Up Call” is available on iTunes.
Elwin G. Williams, III is a trained bassist with more than 10 years of experience playing funk, rock, and hip-hop. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Elwin transitioned into a producer and rapper using live instruments and samples to create funky and dynamic beats. He’s toured with many famous artists and opened his own studio, BeatLayers Studio, in Vacaville, CA to support local artists.