Mark “frosty” McNeill
Mark “Frosty” McNeill is an alumni of the University of Southern California where he earned Music Industry and Theater degrees. While at USC he worked at Classical KUSC 91.5 FM and held various management roles in the student radio station KSCR. During his involvement with KSCR from 1994-99, he developed a progressive offering of experimental music programming and hosted such luminaries as James Brown and George Clinton on his radio show. In 1998 he transformed KSCR into the first ever college radio station to broadcast exclusively online.
In 1999 McNeill gathered an inspired group of KSCR alumni and founded dublab.com, a non-profit web radio station and creative arts collective based in Los Angeles. The dublab collective has garnered international acclaim and wide audiences through its dedication to spreading positive music, arts and culture. As an extension of dublab’s future roots radio transmissions Mark produces dublab’s album series and curates world-touring art exhibitions.
In addition to his long-running dublab.com radio program “Celsius Drop,” Mark makes psychedelic cut & paste music with Daedelus as Adventure Time and crafts drone dreams with Jimmy Tamborello as Golden Hits. As a DJ frosty is focused on highly-themed sound explorations and has been voted “Best Los Angeles DJ” by the LA Weekly. He is fortunate to frequently travel internationally to share far-out sounds and while at home finds himself playing music in such esteemed venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Getty Center.
McNeill is a full time film aficionado who teamed up with dublab dj Bryan “Morpho” Younce to co-direct the renowned music documentary Secondhand Sureshots and curate the music video screening series A Labrat Matinee. He also produces the VisionVersion film series which features progressive artists from around the world performing live in secret corners of Los Angeles.
For more information and audio archives from this sound and vision devotee please visit > dublab.com/frosty
Alejandro Cohen is a musician and composer based in Los Angeles, California. Alejandro has had more than 30 releases of his own music released on numerous respected record labels around the world under a number of projects and groups, such as Languis, Pharaohs, and Psychic Powers. Alejandro has also composed music for TV shows, documentaries, and educational materials.
Past clients include: PBS, Sesame Street, Hummer, Mazda, EECI Int., Nickelodeon, and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
As a sound engineer, Alejandro Cohen has recorded over two hundred solo artists and bands for dublab.com, KPFK 90.7 FM, and SASSAS. Most of those sessions were also mixed and mastered by him as well.
Through many varied tasks, such as curating the station’ s programming and podcast offerings, mixing Dublab’ s first film Second Hand Sureshots, and organizing a yearly ambient music event called Tonalism, Alejandro’ s work at Dublab has given him a lot of experience and understanding of music from many angles.
Lastly, Alejandro Cohen has taught experimental music to high school students at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Past classes have focused on composition, process, and concepts with hands on activities, and takes the work of artists such as John Cage, Stockhausen, and Brian Eno.
Bryan Younce is the Vice President of Video and Content Production at Columbia Records, where he makes music videos and visual content forartists such as MGMT, John Legend, The Ting Tings, Bob Dylan, Wyclef,and numerous others. Previously, he worked as the Manager of Acquisitions and Program Planning at Showtime Networks, assembling film events for Showtime, TMC, Flix, and The Sundance Channel.
A founding member of dublab.com, Bryan has been DJing a regular show for over eight years. With Mark “frosty” McNeill he created the live film and music video series “dublab presents: A Labrat Matinee,” and co-directed the documentary DUBLAB PRESENTS: SECONDHAND SURESHOTS. Bryan also works as an advisor for LA-based production company THE MASSES. He is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinema and Television.
Damon Way is the Chief Brand Officer of Incase, an Apple focused bag and case company. His main responsibility is maintaining consistency across all brand touch points with an emphasis on marketing and positioning. Aside from Damon’s working role, he is also an acting shareholder and board member of the company.
Damon co-founded DC Shoes with Ken Block in 1994 and sold it to Quiksilver in 2004. He currently consults for the company in the area of brand positioning.
Professor Kun’s research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, and Jewish-American musical history. He is director of The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg’s The Norman Lear Center and co-editor of the book series “Refiguring American Music” for Duke University Press.
Prior to joining the USC Annenberg school, Kun was Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He holds a PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. A former Arts Writers Fellow with The Sundance Institute and a former fellow of the Ucross Foundation and The Mesa Refuge, he is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press) which won a 2006 American Book Award. He is co-author of And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told By The Records We’ve Loved and Lost (Crown, 2008), and wrote the introduction to the re-publication of Papa, Play For Me (Wesleyan University Press), the autobiography of musical comedian Mickey Katz.
His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies, covering everything from the sound worlds of the Mexican border and the lost histories of Jewish mambo and Jewish jazz, to African-American and Latina/o musical exchange in Los Angeles.
In 2005, he co-founded Reboot Stereophonic, a non-profit record label dedicated to excavating lost treasures of Jewish-American music that has been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio.
As a critic and journalist, Kun is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Magazine. From 1998-2006, he wrote “Frequencies,” a bi-weekly music column published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Boston Phoenix. His writing has also appeared in Tu Ciudad Los Angeles, Cabinet, LA Weekly, The Believer, Guilt & Pleasure, Village Voice, SPIN, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, and in Mexico’s La Jornada and Proceso. He has written the liner notes to CDs by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Maldita Vecindad, and Sammy Davis Jr.
His journalism on the US-Mexico border earned him a 2007 Unity Award in Media and made him a finalist for a 2007 Southern California Journalism Award.
In 2005, Kun was a regular critic on The Movie Show With John Ridley on American Movie Classics, and he has also appeared as a culture critic on ABC, The Disney Channel, National Geographic TV, UPN, Fox Latin America, BBC Radio, and National Public Radio. From 1999-2000, he hosted The Red Zone, Southern California’s first commercial Latin Rock radio program, on 107.1 FM and in 2002 was the show’s host on MTV-español. From 2003-2005, he hosted and associate produced Rokamole, a weekly Latin alternative music video show on KJLA-LATV.
He serves on the boards of Dublab, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and the Latin American Cinemateca, and on the editorial boards of American Quarterly, the International Journal of Communications, and The Journal of Popular Music Studies. He has also worked as a consultant and curator with The Los Angeles Public Library, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Autry National Center, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
As a young kid growing up in San Jose, Chris Manak soon realized he needed an escape from the realities of suburbian life in the Silicon Valley. The age of nine was his coming of age. This was the year he discovered sports (Pittsburgh Pirates), video games (Pac man), girls (Anita Balderama), and hip hop (“Rappers Delight”). Alongside partner Sweet Steve, young Chris fashioned primitive mix-tapes (using the pause button) and ran amok at the local roller rink.
He took on the name Peanut Butter Wolf in the late-80s when he realized that, in an odd turn of events, a girlfriend’s youngest brother feared the “peanut butter wolf monster” more than death itself. Wolf and his more conventionally-named counterpart, Charizma, began recording in 1989 when the two were still teenagers. Within three years, the duo signed a contract with Hollywood Basic (Disney) alongside label mates Organized Konfusion and DJ Shadow. Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf were riding high, touring Europe, receiving press in magazines such as Billboard and (a then newspaper format) Urb , hanging with radio legends Sway & King Tech on Wake Up Show and performing live shows with groups like House of Pain, Nas and The Pharcyde. Then, in December of 1993, Charizma tragically lost his life. Stunned, Wolf temporarily gave up on music.
After releasing the song “Just Like A Test” with Charizma for David Paul’s Bomb Hip Hop Compilation early in 1994, Upstairs Records, a label known primarily for house music, approached Wolf to record an instrumental LP. Thus, the Peanut Butter Breaks was born; the record became the Wolf’s calling card, leading to meetings and collaborations with like-minded DJs like Q-bert, Cut Chemist and Rob Swift.
After the release of Peanut Butter Breaks, PB Wolf found himself in demand as a producer. His track for the all-scratching compilation Return of the DJ was labeled “incredible” by The Source magazine. He released a 6 song compilation for South Paw Records in 1995, featuring collaborations with up and coming San Jose MCs. He also produced Kool Keith’s first single as a solo artist “Wanna Be A Star.” These releases, amongst others, led to a picture disc EP for British label 2 Kool Records.
In 1996, Peanut Butter Wolf founded Stones Throw Records. Charizma’s posthumous “My World Premiere” was the single to launch the label. A few highlights in the beginning were the songs “Unassisted” by Rasco, Super Duck Breaks LP by DJ Babu, and hip hop 7” series.
Lately, PB Wolf has moved away from producing (save the odd remix or compilation track) to build the Stones Throw label and to travel as a DJ to Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada, and across the US. Through his willingness to experiment and provide Stones Throw’s artists with musical carte blanche, he has overseen the releases of Lootpack’s Soundpieces, Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Breakestra’s Live Mix, Yesterdays New Quintet’s Angles Without Edges, Madlib’s Shades of Blue, and Jaylib’s Champion Sound.
Founder of Pink Cloud Events and event producer with 9 years of experience producing concerts, product launches, fashion shows, art exhibitions and private celebrations. Currently working with exceptional designers, musicians, film directors, and artists alongside visionary business and political leaders to contribute to the public consciousness of living a modern, eco-conscious lifestyle.
Pink Cloud Events opened in 2006 under the direction of Sarah Shewey, who had embraced the dream of owning an event production company in 2001 after graduating from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Communication and Film/Television Production. Between 2001 and 2006, Sarah carefully spent her time to gain experience in three areas that are necessary to almost every social gathering: catering, location management, and audio-visual support. With a well-rounded resume of experience as a service leader for a thousand events on both coasts of the United States, Sarah started Pink Cloud full of determination to bring together the knowledge, resources, ideas and experts relevant to celebrating big ideas and great people.
An avid writer, Sarah has published several articles on word of mouth marketing, persuasion, symbol creation, “green” events and weddings for academia and blogs.
Liz Garo is one of the owners and operators of the clubs The Echo, The Echoplex and Spaceland. She also runs and co-owns the Echo Park bookstore Stories LA.
Liz is a vital part of the Los Angeles arts, music and cultural community at large.
The youngest of three children, Williams was born in Newburgh, New York. Attended Newburgh Free Academy for high school, where he would originally write his song Black Stacey. After graduating from Morehouse College with a B.A. in acting and philosophy, Williams moved to New York City to earn a Master’s Degree at New York University in acting. There, he found himself at the center of the New York cafe poetry scene.
Williams and artist Marcia Jones began their relationship in 1995 as collaborative artists on the Brooklyn performance art and spoken word circuit. Their daughter, Saturn, was born in 1996. His collection of poems S/HE is a series of reflections on the demise of the relationship. [Marcia], a visual artist and art professor, created the cover artwork for The Seventh Octave, images through-out S/HE in response to Williams, and set designed his 2001 album Amethyst Rock Star. Saturn has recently been performing with her father on his 2008 concert tour.
On his birthday, February 29, 2008, Williams married his girlfriend of five years, the actress Persia White. Williams met White in 2003 when he made a guest appearance on the TV show Girlfriends as a poet named Sivad. White has a daughter named Mecca (1993). On January 17, 2009, White announced via her MySpace blog that she and Williams were no longer together.
Williams is a vegan.
By 1995, he had become a open mic poet and, in 1996, he won the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s Grand Slam Champion. The documentary film SlamNation follows Williams and the other members of the 1996 Nuyorican Poets Slam team (Beau Sia, Mums da Schemer and Jessica Care Moore) as they compete in the 1996 National Poetry Slam held in Portland, Oregon.
The following year, Williams landed the lead role in the 1998 feature film Slam. Williams served as both a writer and actor on the film, which would win both the Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or (Golden Camera) and serve to introduce Williams to international audiences.
Williams was at this time breaking into music. He had performed with such artists as Nas, The Fugees, Christian Alvarez, Blackalicious, Erykah Badu, KRS-One, Zack De La Rocha, De La Soul, and DJ Krust, as well as poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez. After releasing a string of EPs, in 2001 he released the LP Amethyst Rock Star with producer Rick Rubin and in September 2004 his self-titled album to much acclaim. He played several shows supporting Nine Inch Nails on their European tour in summer 2005, and has also supported The Mars Volta.
Williams was also invited to the Lollapalooza music festival in Summer 2005. The Chicago stage allowed Williams to attract a wider audience. He also appeared on NIN’s album Year Zero, and supported the group on their 2006 North American tour. On the tour Williams announced that Trent Reznor would co-produce his next album.
This collaboration resulted in 2007′s The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. This album was available only at the website niggytardust.com until a physical CD of the album was issued. The physical release included new tracks and extended album artwork. The first 100,000 customers on the website had the option to download a free lower-quality audio version of the album. The other option was for users to pay $5 to support the artist directly and be given the choice of downloading the higher-quality MP3 version or the lossless FLAC version. The material has been produced by Trent Reznor and mixed by Alan Moulder. It was Reznor who said that, after his own recent dealings with record labels, they should release it independently and directly.
As a writer, Williams has been published in The New York Times, Esquire, Bomb Magazine and African Voices, as well as having released four collections of poetry. As a poet and musician, Williams has toured and lectured across the world, appearing at many universities and colleges.
He currently resides in Paris, France.
Jackie is a Los Angeles native and a has been a resident of Echo Park since 1967. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a member of SLATE and a major player in the Free Speech Movement while on campus. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Chicago.
A member of the Democratic Party, Goldberg was elected to the State Assembly in November 2000, representing the state’s 45th district. She was re-elected in 2002 and 2004 but term limits prevented her from seeking a fourth term in November 2006. Prior to the State Assembly she served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council. Before being elected to the council, she served on, and was later president of, the Los Angeles School Board before which she had been a teacher in the Compton Unified School District.
Goldberg is openly lesbian and is a founder member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. She is also a founding member of the Progressive Caucus in Sacramento. She is currently active in organizing and supporting causes she believes in, and is a big supporter of the cultural and educational community of Los Angeles.
Joel Chen is a Los Angeles-based furniture and accessories dealer renowned for refined taste, design intelligence, and his passion for the art and design world. Joel’s furniture showroom, JF Chen has been in business for over 35 years, and offers furniture and decorative arts from eclectic period pieces to masterworks of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through hard work, passion, and an enthusiastic eye, Joel Chen’s showroom has become a mainstay of the Los Angeles design world. Joel quietly hosts architects, designers, celebrities, and design aficionados, and helps them find just what they are looking for.
Recently, Joel has been curating his own gallery exhibitions in his space, highlighting the work of new and current artists while also hosting design events with dublab DJ curated music, including the last two dublab “Creative Cultivation” fundraiser dinners. Joel plans on doing more shows and continuing to focus on contemporary artists he believes in. When Joel believes in something, he likes to move forward and really get it out there for people to see.
Joel’s side passion has always been music and his music library encompasses a collection of over a thousand CD’s. He was also a co-producer with dublab’s own Carlos Nino for the music ensemble “Build An Ark.” He is thrilled to be a part of and support the Future Roots community and its mission to share arts and culture with Los Angeles and the world.