JASON WALL: FOUNDER; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jason has an extensive background in the music industry as a professional drummer, music producer and music educator. This background combined with his passion for helping young people and his network to many of the world’s greatest musicians became the foundation in creating Future Youth Records. Jason became greatly concerned by seeing young people grow up in a generation of media that continues to perpetuate harmful messaging at an alarming rate without an industry wide movement to counteract it with healthier alternatives. He correlates the food industry to the music industry and believes that if we can demand healthier, natural food options we can also demand positive music made with integrity. Music is to the soul what food is to the body—both are crucial in helping young people develop into healthy, productive members of our society.
MATT "DOCTOR FINK": V.I.N.Y.L. PROGRAM MENTOR
Matt is a world-renowned keyboardist, songwriter and music producer most known as being a member of Prince and the Revolution. In 1985 he won a Grammy Award for his work as a co-writer and performer on the hit album "Purple Rain". The album has sold over 18 million copies since its release. Other notable work with Prince includes co-writing credits on the songs "Dirty Mind", 'Computer Blue" and "17 Days" to name a few along with performing credits on the albums "Dirty Mind", "Controversy", and "Lovesexy" among several others. Matt has appeared on albums by Lipps Inc., The Time and Vanity 6. Following his work with Prince he built his own studio named Star Vu in Minneapolis and continues to write, produce and record many artists around the world.
ADAM 'A-PLUS' CARTER: V.I.N.Y.L. PROGRAM MENTOR
Adam Carter, known by the stage name, A-Plus, is an American rapper and producer. He is one of the founding four members of the Oakland, California-based underground hip hop group Souls of Mischief, and, with Souls of Mischief, a part of the eight-person, alternative hip hop collective, the Hieroglyphics.
EVA GARDNER: V.I.N.Y.L. PROGRAM MENTOR
Eva began performing with live bands in her hometown of Los Angeles at the age of 13. Deciding to further her musical studies, she attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Eva continued her studies at UCLA, graduating with honors (Cum Laude), and earning a degree in Ethnomusicology. Her professional career began when she toured and recorded as the original bassist in The Mars Volta in 2001/2002. Since then, Eva has performed and toured with numerous artists worldwide, including P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Cher, Tegan & Sara, Moby and Veruca Salt.
DAVE SHUL: V.I.N.Y.L. PROGRAM MENTOR
Dave has been involved in the Bay Area music scene for the past 35 years as a songwriter, producer and guitarist. His versatility landed him gigs with Ozomatli, Sly and Robbie, Lenny Williams, Jennifer Holiday, Counting Crows, Pink and Billy Preston to name a few. He was also a member of Michael Franti and Spearhead for 14 years writing over 30 songs over the span of seven albums. In his spare time he works with Bay Area youth musicians in bands and coaches them through his decades of experience.
Our Board of directors
CAROL REYNOLDS: FOUNDING director - Board Chair
Carol is a Finance Manager/Senior Accountant at Stanford University and holds a major in Business Administration with a minor in International business. Carol is passionate about the transformational power of music though above all of her achievements she values being a mom and believes education to be the key to making dreams a reality.
FRANK BRUCATO: FOUNDING director - Treasurer
Frank is Stanford Law School's chief financial officer and senior associate dean for administration. During his years at the law school, Frank is credited with masterminding numerous building projects, including the classroom, library, and clinic renovations, and has spearheaded the construction of the Munger Graduate Residence and the William H. Neukom Building.
NOAH D. MESEL
Noah brings over twenty five years of senior executive and legal experience to our Board. He has served as general counsel to several public and private technology companies. Noah currently works as the Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at ASSIA, Inc., a software company that develops broadband diagnostic and optimization applications for service providers and consumers, where he advises the board on governance issues and focuses on intellectual property licensing. He is passionate about encouraging young people to immerse themselves in music. He is an avid amateur musician, and has played piano and guitar since early childhood. Noah counts among his top musical experiences singing along with his high school Madrigals troupe and Joan Baez at San Francisco U.N. Plaza, and having "Let's Roll!", an original 9/11-inspired anthem he wrote and recorded, broadcast on KFOX in September 2002.
DONALD LARKIN: Secretary
Donald is a Bay Area based attorney who is currently the city attorney for the City of Morgan Hill. Previous, he was deputy county counsel for Santa Clara County. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He advises clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters and serves as the primary attorney for the County Communications Department, Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, the Office of the District Attorney, the Office of Affordable Housing, and VMC Facilities and Public Works. Donald was very active in his school's music programs as a trombonist and is planning on soon joining a community college band.
Matt is the longtime drummer of the popular Canadian rock group Loverboy. His love of music started at the age of 5 while playing the bongos listening to records with his parents. Artists like Perez Perado, Tito Puente, Harry Belefonte, Johnny Cash and Tom Jones were always spinning on the record player. By the age of 10, Matt was learning his rudiments in a marching and concert band. Some of Matt's influences include Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Ginger Baker, Michael Shrieve, Keith Moon, Billy Cobham, and Manu Katche. Matt's solid groove and his visually exciting performance created a demand for his appearance in many different artists' recordings, videos and tours with other acts including Streetheart, Tom Cochrane, Bryan Adams, Kim Mitchell, Colin James and many others.
Cindy began her studio career in 1990 managing San Francisco's legendary Russian Hill Recording. She worked with numerous music clients such as John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, Grace Jones, Dave Brubeck and George Massenburg, as well as national advertising agencies and film companies. In April 2010 Cindy joined with former Talking House staffers Justin Lieberman and Willie Samuels to launch Studio Trilogy on the site of the former Talking House Studios.
Willie is a recording engineer, producer and musician with some serious studio business chops. Willie began his career in his teens and within a few years he was operating a "guerilla style" mobile studio out of his parents old station wagon, traveling to record local bands in their rehearsal spaces, garages, or whatever space they could find that sounded good. By the time he was 18, he was doing freelance engineering/producing work in many historic Bay Area studios and in 1996 he and partner Chris Dugan opened Nu-tone Studios, which quickly became a mecca for local and national independent artists. In April 2010 Willie partnered with Justin Lieberman and Cindy McSherry to open Studio Trilogy.