Mayhem: a juried competition & music festival for Oakland based musicians, presented by Awaken Cafe & Oaktown Indie Mayhem (formerly Oaktown Music Festival).

2013 Jury


Glynn Washington
Host and Creator/NPR's Snap Judgement

Before launching the NPR/PRX Snap Judgment radio show nationwide, Glynn worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot-stomper. Glynn composed music for the Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, rocked live spoken word poetry in Detroit, joined a band in Indonesia, wrote several screenplays, painted a daring series of self portraits, released a blues album, and thinks his stories are best served with cocktails.


Gunnar Hissam
Director of Licensing & Newish Music/Om Records

Long time Oakland resident, Gunnar Hissam has the classic story of kid meets record label, kid follows record label out west and sleeps on cousin’s couch and interns and finally gets offered a job. With over 18 years of music industry experience, Gunnar has seen it all, from college radio in Florida, to interning at Om Records to being the in-house publicist and marketing director and now the Vice President of licensing and new media. 


Lyz Luke
Owner/Undercover Presents

Lyz Luke is a successful promoter and artist manager based in San Francisco, and doesn’t actually have time to finish this bio due to writing a couple of press releases, organizing 100 musicians on a tribute project, coordinating a show on a farm, organizing an West Coast tour for DRMS, playing with her cat Ollie, and planning a themed birthday party for about 7 of her friends at this very moment. For more information check out, or please contact her via Facebook, Twitter, and text simultaneously. She also has an NCAA Championship ring for fencing and her favorite colour is leather.


Maya Pisciotto
Social Media & Marketing Coordinator/Fantasy Studios

Maya Pisciotto is the lead vocalist of the much-loved local indie-rock band, Treehouse Orchestra, and the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for Fantasy Studios, a world-renowned recording facility located in Berkeley, California. Fantasy Studios is comprised of three legendary recording and mixing rooms. In September of 2000, Fantasy was voted the #1 Recording Studio by Billboard Magazine, and continues to be one of the most requested recording studios on the West Coast. With their extensive selection of microphones and instruments, and their impressive client list, Fantasy Studios attracts artists from all over the world.



Natalie Nadimi
Community Engagement Manager/Oaklandish 

Natalie Nadimi is the Community Engagement Manager for Oaklandish. The now ubiquitous "roots" logo began as a part of a covert street art campaign designed to illuminate local history and the unique cultural legacy existing here in "the Town." After years of public art, the Oaklandish brand of apparel was introduced to help support our ongoing calendar of free public events and the Oaklandish Innovators grant program. The civic pride-oriented merchandise is meant to spread "Local Love" while promoting awareness of the mission at large. Oaklandish is committed to encouraging the continuation of Oakland's "trailblazers' legacy," where trends are created and boundaries are redefined. Represent.


Patrick Lotilla
Promotions Director/KALX

Patrick Lotilla, Aka Fish on KALX, is the promotions director for KALX, UC Berkeley's student and community volunteer radio station.Dedicated to presenting an eclectic variety of music and informational programming not heard in quite the same way anywhere else on the dial. We invite you to come and explore our twisted sense of radio, as a listener or as a volunteer.


Steve Hogan
Music Operations Manager/Pandora

Pandora’s Music Operations Manager Steve Hogan leads the internet radio company’s Music Analysis operation. This includes a team of more than 25 professional musicians who listen to each track in the Pandora collection and contribute that track's "DNA" to the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive musical taxonomy ever created.  The Music Genome Project provides a detailed descriptions of each track's vocals, instrumentation, rhythm, harmony, melody and more, for each of the over 1 million tracks in the company’s collection. Steve has been with Pandora for over 12 years.  A working musician himself, Steve has been performing as a pianist and organist in the San Francisco Bay Area for 16 years, including a gig as the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark organist for the past four seasons.


Tom Lattanand
Oakland Guitarist, Composer, Song Writer, Producer/

Tom Lattanand is a multifaceted guitarist, composer, song writer, and producer who currently resides in Oakland. He has spent most of his life dedicated to the study and creation of music. A steady figure in the Bay Area music community since 1998, Tom can frequently be seen performing solo and collaborating with other local artists. He is currently producing several albums of original work featuring musicians from around the bay. 

His group, Ettie Street Project, is set to release their new album "The Simplest Possible Setup" on October 14, 2013.


Whitney Phaneuf
Freelance Writer & Former Music Editor/East Bay Express

Whitney Phaneuf is the former music editor at the Express and currently a freelance music writer. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and has been writing about music for more than a decade.


Festival Producers


Sarah Sexton
Founder/Oaktown Indie Mayhem


Cortt Dunlap
Owner/Awaken Cafe