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

2014 Jury

Eric K. Arnold
Founder | Editorial Director

Eric has been writing about and photographing the Bay Area’s arts and culture scene since 1993. The former Managing Editor of legendary hip-hop magazine 4080, he has written for Vibe, the Source, Wax Poetics, XXL, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian,, Transworld Skateboarding and the Village Voice, and has been a music columnist for the East Bay Express, SF Weekly, and Oakland Local. His latest project, Oakulture, documents the cultural renaissance and artistic rebirth currently happening in Oakland, CA. He is also very active in the non-profit world, as the Communications Director for the Community Rejuvenation Project and Communications Manager for Urban Releaf. He currently lives in Oakland, California.

Brian Bergeron
Mr. Kind | East Bay Balanced Breakfast

Brian Bergeron is the lead singer and principal songwriter for Oakland-based electro-Americana band Mr. Kind. He also runs the East Bay Balanced Breakfast group, a weekly meet-up bringing together musicians, music industry professionals, and other artists for coordinating, collaborating, and sharing ideas and the experiences of making a living in the music industry.

Jamie DeWolf
Tourettes Without Regrets |
Performer | Film-Maker | Showman

Jamie DeWolf is a performer, film-maker and showman who's performed from the first hip-hop theater festival in Moscow, Russia to San Quentin Penitentiary. He's the host and creator of the award winning 'Tourettes Without Regrets', the largest variety show in the Bay Area that features circus performers, burlesque, a freestyle rap battle, stand up comedy and vaudeville interactive mayhem every first Thursday of the month at the Oakland Metro. He's the writer and director of the feature film "Smoked", a performer for NPR's Snap Judgment, a member of the clown collective Fou Fou Ha and winner of the "Best Poet" of the East Bay two years in a row.

David Earl
Composer | Musician | Educator

David Earl is a Composer, Producer, and Educator based in the East Bay. He is also known as YouTube personality ‘sflogicninja’. David has composed music for television, advertising, film, and games. His clients include Landor and Associates, Rich Pageant, Beyond Pix, Ripesound, Sega, Microsoft, Activision, and many others. David’s composition work has contributed to winning Emmy, Clio, Telly and GANG awards for himself and his collaborators. As a producer, David has contributed his production talents to Dream Theater, Lila Rose, Artemis, Metal Mother, and more. David is an author and certified Logic Pro X instructor. He teaches at Pyramind in San Francisco and develops content for MacProVideo as well. 

Donn K. Harris
Oakland School for the Arts
Executive and Artistic Director

Donn K. Harris was born in New York and has lived in the Bay Area since 1990. He received his BA and MA in Theatre Arts from California State University at Los Angeles, and his teaching and administrative credentials from San Francisco State University. His teaching experience spans high achieving schools and incarcerated youth in juvenile hall. He became an administrator in 1994 when he was appointed Dean of Students at Galileo High School in San Francisco. Mr. Harris came to OSA in November 2007 from the acclaimed San Francisco School of the Arts, where he served as Principal for seven years. It was Mr. Harris's vision that, with the 2009 move into the Fox Theater, OSA would become the most dynamic secondary school in the East Bay and that student achievement, both artistically and academically, would reach unprecedented heights. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Mr, Harris to the California Arts Council in December 2013. Mr. Harris also serves as the Vice President of the National Arts Schools Network and is on the board of the Engineers Alliance for the Arts. Mr. Harris lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters, also arts school students.

Gunnar Hissam
OM Records
Owner | Partner | Chief Operating Officer

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 19 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 to the head of licensing and newish media and now an owner/partner and Chief Operating Officer.

Steve Hogan
Operations Manager

Pandora’s Music Operations Manager Steve Hogan leads the internet radio company’s Music Analysis operation. This includes a team of 30 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. Steve has been with Pandora for over 13 years.  A working musician himself, Steve has been performing as a pianist and organist in the San Francisco Bay Area for 18 years, including a gig as the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark organist for the past five seasons.

Andrew Jervis
Chief Curator

Andrew Jervis is chief curator at Bandcamp: co-ordinating homepage editorial, hosting the Bandcamp Weekly show, and handling artist and label outreach. Prior to Bandcamp he was VP of A&R & Operations at Ubiquity Records, a longtime KUSF DJ and host of The Friday Night Session radio show, and was editor of On The One Magazine. He has DJ'd around the world, lectured at the Red Bull Music Academy, and spent too much time working in or perusing record stores. He has been obsessing over music since his parents introduced him to Queen on long car rides through England many moons ago.

Morgan Johnson
Oaktown Indie Mayhem | Wine and Bowties
Intern | Contributor/Organizer

Morgan Johnson is a Bay Area transplant from Atlanta. Since she has been in the Bay Area, she has worked very closely with Sera Sexton at Oaktown Indie Mayhem and is currently working with the art and culture blog, Wine and Bowties, hosting monthly parties, documentary screenings, and bike rides.

Sam Lefebvre
East Bay Express
Music Editor

Sam Lefebvre is the music editor at the East Bay Express. As a freelance writer, he’s contributed to publications such as Spin Magazine, The Village Voice, and SF Weekly. His experience in the music industry also includes employment at several independent record stores and record labels.

Lyz Luke

Lyz Luke
UnderCover Presents
Executive Director | Booker | Music Enabler

UnderCover Presents was founded by Lyz Luke in October of 2010 and has rapidly established itself as an inspirational collective that gathers musicians and artists from every facet of San Francisco Bay Area’s creative community. The concept is simple, one band per song reinterpreting an entire classic album from start to finish. Each artist is highly encouraged to put their own sound and personality on their rendition. The result is a cross pollination of cultures, musicians, photographers, film makers, writers and visual artists that doesn’t typically happen on one show bill, or for that matter even festivals. This relationship carries on well beyond the show.

Tom Lattanand
Oakland Musician | Producer

Tom Lattanand is a multifaceted guitarist, composer, song writer, and producer who resides in Oakland. A steady figure in the Bay Area music community since 1998, Tom can frequently be seen performing solo, with the Oakland band St. Tropez, or with many other local artists. He also currently runs Soundtank, a music composition studio for video and multimedia.

Fernando Lopez-Borbon

Fernando Lopez-Borbon is a KALX DJ who is both a vinyl crate and online digger, and is frequently the first local FM radio DJ to play artists on small independent labels and demos by unsigned bands. He has interviewed and/or hosted in-studio live performances on KALX by The Coathangers, Kids On A Crime Spree, Bam! Bam!, Burnt Palms, Dark Beach, Seapony, La Luz, Childbirth, Chastity Belt, Social Studies, Sea Lions, La Sera, and Mike Schulman of Slumberland Records. He is presently on air Wednesdays 12-3 PM.

Jeremy Lyon
Tumbleweed Wanderers

Jeremy Lyon is a co-founding singer, guitarist, and songwriter in Tumbleweed Wanderers, an American rock band based out of Oakland, CA. In three years they've gone from busking outside of Bay Area shows and playing open-mics, cafes, and bars, to headlining sold out shows at renowned venues such as The Independent and Great American Music Hall. They've toured North America several times with acts including Angus Stone, Greensky Bluegrass, and Moon Taxi, and played festivals such as Outside Lands, Hangout, and Shaky Knees. The band has released three EPs in addition to their 2012 debut album "So Long," the most recent of which, "Worn Down Welcome" earned them the cover story of the "96 Hours" section of The San Francisco Chronicle and had the title track premiered by USA Today. Tumbleweed Wanderers recently finished recording their second LP, tentatively scheduled for release in early 2015.

Laura Maguire
SF Offside Festival | Live 'n' Local SF
Founder | Music Curator

Laura Maguire is a huge local music fan who believes that, now more than ever, it’s crucial we support our local musicians lest we lose them. From 2011-12, Laura was the music programmer for SF’s sweetest little underground venue, Viracocha. In 2012, she co-founded the SF Offside Festival, a three-night jazz festival that focuses exclusively on Bay Area musicians and composers. Since 2010, she has been editor of the Live ‘n’ Local SF blog, which also occasionally presents concerts, such as the “Electric Chamber” series

Piper Payne
Coast Recorders | Giving Stage
Mastering Engineer

Piper is a Governor on the San Francisco Board of the Recording Academy and she Chairs the Producers and Engineers Wing. In addition, she serves on the Education Committee and she is an active member of the AES and the Women's Audio Mission.  While Piper’s focus is in mastering, she also works in software development for Digital Audio Workstations and Piper’s location recording skills are put to use as the Chief Content Officer for Giving Stage, an online concert venue supporting causes and nonprofit fundraising and working in the Bay Area recording scene, where she is a first-call for large-venue live concert recordings and many classical performances. She is also a Co-Founder of Balanced Breakfast, a music and engineering collective based in San Francisco. Upholding Michael Romanowski Mastering's legacy as an outstanding and meticulous mastering facility is Piper’s first priority as she continues to embrace the San Francisco soundscape.

Maya Pisciotto
Fantasy Studios
Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

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.

Daniel Senter
The Bay Bridged
Production Assoicate

Daniel Senter is the Production Associate at The Bay Bridged, where he helps produce podcasts, events, and writes.  Daniel is also a lawyer who practices art and entertainment law. 



Michael Shiono
Bass Player | Composer | Educator

Since 2010 Michael has taught on faculty at UC Berkeley via Young Musician's Program (now Young Musician's Choral Orchestra) as well as a more recent tenure at Oakland School of the Arts.  His bass students have been awarded over a quarter million dollars in scholarships to several of the nation's top conservatories and universities.  Michael is also an in demand sideman for an incredibly diverse range of acclaimed local and international artists. He has served as Musical Director for 2 time Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday. Michael will be at Duende in Oakland on October 27th for an evening featuring his original compositions.

Matthew "Smitty" Smith
UC Theater | Parish Entertainment Group
Project Manager | Talent Buyer

Matthew "Smitty" Smith has been a music industry professional in NY and The SF Bay Area for 20+ years. As a professional percussionist he has toured internationally with acts such as ALBINO! and The Real Nasty, performing over 180 dates a year at notable festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Outside Lands, High Sierra and many more. Smitty worked at VP of Marketing for DeliRadio from 2011-2014 and is founder of Rosengrove Productions where he promoted shows at many prominent Bay Area venues such as The New Parish, The Independent, Great American Music Hall and was the exclusive talent buyer for the Starry Plough from 2008-2011. Smitty is currently the Project Manager for The UC Theatre in Downtown Berkeley and is a talent buyer for Parish Entertainment Group (The New Parish, Brick and Mortar, and Leo's).

Angelica Tavella
Oakland Drops Beats

Angelica Tavella is the founder of the recently established Oakland Drops Beats music crawl, a community-driven music event in Downtown Oakland that brings together venues, event producers, musicians, and a number of youth-driven community partnerships to create a full day of free, local music. Her background is in copyright law and open licensing, though she has spent the recent past working in IT and focusing the majority of her energy on her own music as a multi-instrumentalist under the moniker of Nyx.

Chang Yi
Eastlake Music Festival
Attorney | Community Organizer | DJ/Producer

Attorney, community organizer, and dj/producer, Chang Yi is committed to the development of strong, vibrant communities and sustainable local economies in Oakland. With a background in 1990's lyrical hip hop and progressive / deep / freestyle house music as a dj/producer and international nonprofit work at, where he served as a staff attorney, Chang brings together a unique perspective on the intersection of cultural arts programming, technology and the nonprofit world. As lead organizer of the Eastlake Music Festival, a 501(c)3 entity, Chang began a grassroots movement to restore the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center to the cultural landscape of Oakland and to build capacity for live music in and around Lake Merritt, particularly in Easlake. The Eastlake Music Festival recently earned "Best New Cultural Event" for 2014 from the readers of the Eastbay Express and looks to expand into a two day festival with more music, dance, and perhaps even theater performances in store.