PWSoM MENTORS 

 

 

J.Patt of The Knocks _ New York

"The POW! WOW! School of Music is on of the most engaging and inspirational program I have ever been a part of. I believe music is a necessary addition to any artistic endeavor. It's amazing how the PWSoM fosters the relationships between rising musicians and seasoned leaders. Cultivating talent at a young age is essential and PWSoM understands this notion at its core. I'm fortunate to be a part of a program working toward the future of musicianship. In an age where everything has become so insular, it is very refreshing to see the physical and tangible facets of musicianship highlighted." 

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The Knocks are an electronic music duo consisting of Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "JPatt" Patterson. They are known for their own releases on labels such as Kitsuné, Neon Gold, A&M Octone, and Interscope. Before focusing on their own music and remixes, they were producing beats and remixes for the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Marina & the Diamonds, Flo-Rida, Sky Ferreira, Theophilus London, Ellie Goulding, and others. James "JPatt" Patterson and his partner Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner are infiltrating the electronic music world with their distinct style of driving synths and disco grooves. The Knocks possess an aura of down-to-earth approachability to electronic music—for them, their music is purely about having a good time.

Starting their music careers as producers by day and DJs by night, the duo began to develop a loyal following that clamored for the Knocks to produce their own music. Since their first single release, the Knocks have toured with the likes of M.I.A., Ellie Goulding and DJ Shadow and have performed, as a duo, in venues that aren’t considered traditional for electronic music artists. In the last year, they were the first live act ever to perform inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, attended the White House Correspondent’s dinner as guests of NPR and performed at the National Geographic headquarters for their 125th anniversary. 


Shing02 _ Tokyo, Japan

"Everybody can use some encouragement, especially the youth. In my position, I believe it's my responsibility to assist future generations by encouraging environments and opportunities for adolescents willing to follow their passions and hone their talents. In this current day in age, students may have unprecedented access to knowledge online, but mentorship can guide them through the experience (both good and bad). It's been a pleasure assisting the PWSoM and to have witnessed young musicians grow not only as artists, but as a collective presence for the next scene."

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Shingo Annen, better known by his stage name Shing02, is a Japanese rapper and producer. Due in part to growing up in Western cities, Shing02 stands as one of the few multilingual rappers from Japan able to compose songs entirely in either Japanese or English. His rhyming style makes use of lyrics which are largely conceptual in nature. Furthermore, his hip-hop sound is known for blending various influences, ranging from reggae to traditional Japanese music to jazz. The style of music has made him a significant presence within the underground rap community, and he has achieved recognition beyond the scene for rapping "Battlecry", the theme song of the hip-hop-influenced chanbara anime Samurai Champloo.

Shingo Annen was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1975 and grew up in various cities in Tanzania and Japan, as well as London. At the age of fifteen, Shing02 moved to the San Francisco Bay Area of California, where he became involved in various creative arts programs. He then moved to Berkeley, California for schooling and studieed Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Living in the Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area he became immersed in the hip-hop scene amongst direct descendants of members of civil rights movement groups such as the Black Panthers and Asian American activists. Shing02 has stated he's been fortunate to be exposed to various cultural influences as his music holds political and social messages instilled within.


Jeff Staple— New York

"To me, art and music go hand-in-hand as one of the most important and influential factors in the lives of the youth. Yes, traditional academics are also valuable, but I feel creativity is key to critical thinking for adolescents. As music programs are stripped away from our educational infrastructure, something like the PWSoM steps in and becomes integral for our communities to grow. In today's digital age, providing a physical presence where the youth can gather, learn, collaborate, and make mistakes while having fun under the same umbrella — speaks for itself. I'm proud to be a small part of the PWSoM." 

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With his hands in just about everything, Jeffrey Ng (Jeff Staple) has masterfully created a world of communicating through design. The founder and owner of Staple Design, Staple Clothing and Reed Space, Jeff is a graphic, Web and clothing designer, artist, DJ, writer and entrepreneur. Born in New Jersey, Jeff attended New York University to study journalism. While in college, he worked as an entry-level data clerk at a design firm. With no prior exposure to the design software programs that were being used such as QuarkXPress, Photoshop and Illustrator, Jeff quickly learned, and eventually became a class instructor at the firm in less than six months. He then realized his growing passion for graphic design, dropped out of NYU and enrolled himself at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in fall 1995 to study communications design.

With Staple’s door officially open for business, Jeff successfully turned his one-man T-shirt business into a men’s collection, as well as a full-service design firm — opening Staple Design that year and his own retail store/art gallery, Reed Space, in 2002. Staying very firmly grounded to the values in which the Staple brand was created — sticking to the basic necessities needed in life — Staple Design also has created design work for Burton Snowboards, Converse, The Gap, HBO, Housing Works, Levi’s, LVMH, New Balance, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Nike, NYC&Co., Puma, Timberland, Uniqlo and more. Eleven years since Jeff received his first T-shirt order, now with an international following and high respect from his peers, Jeff Staple himself, has become a brand.


John Pangilinan _ Long Beach, CA

"The PWSoM provides opportunity for young musicians to thrive in a unique and collaborative environment. I've witnessed firsthand the development of student's innate musical talent. Additionally, I've been able to watch their confidence grow as they mature from adolescents into adulthood. Throughout the program mentors of the School of Music ensure students learn music theory, collaborative goal setting, and ow to embrace lasting relationships that will impact their budding musical journey. PWSoM is truly an amazing once in a lifetime expereince which helps motivate and inspiring rising musicians."

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John Pangilinan is a connector and influencer operating across a varied landscape of industries, scenes and cultures. Specializing in photography, brand development, public relations and consultancy, John has established himself as a brand that brands rely on. For over 12 years, he has been deeply embedded in the automotive industry in a variety of capacities. Whether running public relations for the Formula D motorsports series, building acclaimed project cars or creating national ad campaigns, Pangilinan acts as an ambassador and communicator of automotive lifestyle. 

While John consistently works within the parameters of car culture, he seamlessly navigates in and around other influential industries as well. Regularly working with fashion brands, sportswear giants, influential media and other creative clients, the native Southern Californian is able to operate ahead of trends and generate positive exposure. Often fusing his experience and resources, John has developed or managed unique projects that blur the lines between automotive and lifestyle. To date, John has worked with clients including Toyo Tires, Flexfit, Scion, Hyundai, Microsoft and Nike.  


Theophilus Martins _ Los Angeles, CA

"For me, the PWSoM hits home. Track back to my adolescence, there's no doubt that I was raised as a "community kid". Whether it began via the Boys & Girls Club, D.A.R.E., or the various functions operating within my educational foundation. Now when I reflect I'm able to see the true value within community focused initiatives and programs, especially the positive impact they leave on an individual as well as their creative pursuit. The PWSoM brings me back to my childhood and the encouraging influence when a group of people provide an enlightening platform for others to use and grow."  

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Theophilus Martins is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor, DJ & fashion designer from Providence, Rhode Island. Also known for his personal style, he was described as, "[a man that] marches to the beat of his own drum". His EP, You Can’t Do That on Television, received major attention, drawing praise from AOL, GQ Magazine and The Washington Post.

During his freshmen year of high school Martins purchased his first set of turntables. Through this purchase he later gained local fame traveling as a tour DJ for Chris Brown, Rakim, Lloyd Banks, Cassidy amongst others. Theophilus debuts first Single After small success as a DJ, Martins wanted to pursue his career as a rapper and solo artist. Partnering with Okayplayer, website co-founded by Amir “Questlove” Thompson, Martins presented his debut mixtape, The Birth to notable recognition. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, Martins revealed he would be working on his debut album, Wonderland. In 2015 Martins founded Good Posture, a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art. As a multimedia creative collective and record label the company serves as an umbrella for all of Martins’ endeavors.