WebsiteBanner redux TFS AF2016




At Today’s Future Sound, we believe in the power of Hip Hop/Electronic music and culture to transform and inspire youth to create positive change in their lives and communities. We view our work as having educational, therapeutic and social components which are culturally responsive and that can empower individuals to build confidence, inspire creativity, and create change. Today’s Future Sound (TFS) has a team of volunteers ready to bring our mobile music production and DJ’ing center to you—schools, community centers and events. We are rapid-deploying, fully mobile, and can teach all ages groups with no previous experience required. Aside from direct services, we also provide consultation and professional development around culturally relevant use of music technology and media arts, and common core-aligned STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and Arts) curriculum development. Our work is informed by our Executive Director, Elliot Gann, Psy.D.’s research and decade of clinical experience using Hip Hop and electronic music production and DJ”ing in school as well as community settings in Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Today’s Future Sound (TFS) is a fiscal project of Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation, a 501c3 based in Oakland, CA. Founded by producer/beat maker Ben Durazzo in 2010 while teaching in schools in Berkeley and Oakland, Dr. Gann joined in 2012. TFS currently teaches music production, beat making, and DJ’ing to youth and the general public in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.  These services are offered in schools during the school day, after school, and in community settings, both in Oakland/the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as on national basis in the United States (New York, Mississippi, Louisiana, and your city!) and internationally. Such activities are used as educational, artistic and therapeutic/wellness interventions primarily targeting under-served populations. As an Oakland-based organization, TFS focuses on uplifting, inspiring and empowering the youth of Oakland.

Mission: Today’s Future Sound uses music production and media arts as vehicles through which to empower youth as artists and community members while fostering their well-being as individuals.

We do workshops and ongoing classes in both community settings (community and youth centers) and in Oakland/Berkeley Unified School Districts at schools such as Hoover, Lafayette, Prescott, Grass Valley, Greeleaf Elementary Schools, and West Oakland and James Madison Middle Schools, among other sites throughout the Bay Area. This includes current collaborative work being done with Science, Math, Computer and Technology teachers at Hoover Elementary and West Oakland Middle School to find innovative ways of delivering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) curriculum. TFS also has taught at several summer camps throughout the Bay Area and on campuses such as Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as community centers in Jackson, Mississippi. TFS has had the chance to present its work at various conferences such as the “One Mic, One Movement” conference at Fordham University in NYC, the “Rock the School Bells” conference at Skyline College in San Bruno, Central Oklahoma State University, and the Hip Hop Education Think Tank at the Schomburg Center in NYC. To bring TFS to your community or school, email for more info!



TFS offers instruction in the following modalities of music production:



Ableton Live:
Ableton Live is our primary DAW/music production software which we use with the Ableton Push controller. Using this combination of software and hardware it’s simple to teach even kids beat making with no musical experience.

FL Studio and Reason:
An overview of these commonly used software programs and intro to the basics of drum programming, sample-chopping, looping and effects processing including the use of midi-controllers to create fully sequenced songs/beats. reason-fl


Native Instruments Maschine:
An industry-standard integrated software and hardware interface, this modality of beatmaking is used by several of our instructors who also teach  intro to the basics of drum programming, sample-chopping, looping, effects processing and sequencing/song composition.


Akai Logo 2012Akai MPC:
Used for years by pioneers in the field and still utilized to this day, this self contained music production center allows for drum programming and sampling as well as live performance.


Vinyl Records and turntables
The traditional form of DJ’ing, a foundation in DJ’ing, record selection and digging/finding records.

Serato Itch

Students learn to mix, scratch and blend songs on the Serato Itch controller.

Serato with timecode
Students learn to use vinyl time-coded controllers to mix mp3’s and other digitally-formatted music.

Traktor Pro
An industry alternative to Serato, students learn to mix using midi-controllers and this powerful mixing software.



Dr. E with kids web

Elliot Gann, Psy.D.

Executive Director

A clinical psychologist/psychotherapist by training, producer/beat maker and DJ, Dr. Gann has been teaching in Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area schools and community settings for over a decade.  As Executive Director and lead instructor, his work with TFS has taken him across the country and continent teaching in Toronto (Canada), New York, Mississippi, Louisiana, Southern California and Connecticut (including at Yale University), putting on “beat battle” fundraisers in almost all of the locations where he has taught while locally organizing in San Francisco the longest running monthly live beat in the world. In January of 2015 he joined the U.S. State Department and UNC Chapel Hill’s joint “Next Level” program to do conflict resolution and cultural diplomacy in Dakar, Senegal. He also spent the summer of 2015 as an artist-in-residence at Music Industry College in Brisbane, Australia where he worked with high school aged students teaching music production and recording/engineering as well as working with homeless youth. Dr. Gann also taught in school, community and juvenile justice settings across Australia and New Zealand, reaching over 1,000 youth, and presented at the EduChangmakers Conference #EC15 in Melbourne, Australia on TFS’ model and work. In the past year, Dr. Gann has taught and presented beat making/music production to 5,000+ students across the globe, including a recent teaching trip to Lima, Peru (collaborating with D1 School of Dance) and São Paulo, Brazil. He has also conducted research on Therapeutic Hip Hop activity groups (recently archived at the Schomburg Center for Black Studies), involving both rapping and beatmaking, which demonstrated the significant positive effects of such interventions, and is currently collaborating with Dr. Raphael Travis/Texas State, San Marcos School of Social Work on therapeutic applications of beat making and implications for positive youth development. Dr. Gann has presented on TFS’ work at various educational and mental health conferences including the One Mic, One Movement Conference at Fordham University, the Hip Hop Education Think Think III: Legacy Building, Rock the School Bells at Skyline College and 4th Annual San Francisco Bay Area STEAM Colloquium “Full STEAM Ahead: at the Corner of Common Core and STEAM.”  Building off of both his research findings and experience, Dr. Gann is now leading TFS to continue such work and further advocate for its use, including expanded wellness/mental health, educational, economic and social justice applications.

korin wong horiuchi

Korin Wong-Horiuchi

Music Production Instructor

As an instructor at Today’s Future Sound, Ko provides his music production, technology, and design expertise. Through his experience producing music, recording in professional Grammy award winning studios, teaching music and developing apps he is able to provide TFS’s students with a wide knowledge base from which to be inspired. Ko is a graduate of the Electronic Production and Design major at Berklee College of Music and the founder of a program called Beatshop, which offers affordable music technology classes to youth and adults in Boston and San Francisco and he recently started teaching at the Oakland School for the Arts in a new specialized Music Production department. He is also the founder of an educational technology app startup called Upbeet Games in San Francisco, where he works with a team of professional artists and designers to build music education apps for educators, students and music lovers around the world.


Jacob (Matt) Moore (Bayroo Burner)

Music Production/DJ Instructor
Bayroo Burner aka Jacob Moore is a music producer/engineer/drummer.
Born in Santa Rosa CA but has called San Francisco home for the past 7 years. His father who was a professional singer and multi-instrumentalist bought him a drum set when he was 10 years old, so it was only natural that he jumped right in to music himself. When he was 17 he started making beats on a Roland Fantom keyboard then purchased a MPC 2000 from fellow producer Benjo Beats. After falling in love with chopping samples and getting familiar with drum machines he moved into recording live instruments and vocals and is a recent graduate of S.A.E (School of Audio Engineering). Since then has been featured on albums with Action Bronson, Fabulous and Troy Ave.

Cooper Lee (Coop Cooper)

Music Production Instructor

Cooper Lee (Coop Cooper) is a producer, MC, audio engineer, and sample- head stationed in Berkeley, CA. He spends his days in record shops digging for vinyl, or in music shops collecting various instruments and noise-making devices. He spends his nights in the studio in front the MPC, behind the boards recording and mixing music of all types, or on stage hosting the weekly open mic at MeloMelo Kava Bar. As a beat-maker for over a decade, Coop has collected dozens of credits from all over the country. He is currently affiliated with Collective Operations Aligning Supernatural Thought (C.O.A.S.T.), a Los Angeles music collective and No Coast Raps, a Midwest based battle league and record label.

Ian Davis

Ian Davis (id)

Music Production Instructor
Hailing from Oakland, CA, Ian Davis, otherwise known as “id” lives for expression and creativity, dedicating his life to audio and visual arts. In 2001 he began his contribution to hip-hop as an emcee and producer, inspired by the life experiences of himself and the community surrounding him. id has produced for and/or shared the stage with many acts in the Bay Area including Zumbi of Zion I, Bambu, Do D.A.T., Dope City Saints and more. In 2001 he also became interested in photography, deciding to seriously pursue it in 2008. Since then, Ian’s work has been featured in the SFMOMA, SF Weekly, BRITDOC, BLACKFASHION and various album covers by independent artists in the Bay Area.

Not just pursuing arts for himself, Ian has been teaching music production since 2006 at various schools in Oakland, incarcerated youth in La Honda and young artists in the program that gave him his first opportunity, BUMP Records (a program of BAVC), and working with TFS since the beginning of 2014. He strongly believes in the benefits of a creative outlet for youth.


Alex Blum (Blum)

Music Production Instructor

Alex Blum aka. Blum is a full time performer, composer, recording engineer, violist/string arranger and arts educator working primarily in Oakland, San Francisco, Boston and New York. He’s an Alumni of Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he studied composition in their Electronic Production & Sound Design program. Over the last decade Alex has been teaching our youth music and arts&crafts as a means to build self & social awareness & confidence while opening doors for creative expression, critical thinking and problem solving. He began playing the violin at age 9 and soon there after began his studies at the Crowden School of Music in Berkeley, CA grades 5th-8th where classical chamber & orchestral music was apart of everyday academia. He continued his education at Berkeley High School while playing music in Oakland & San Francisco youth conservatoire programs. Alex is now 25 and living locally in the East Bay teaching music in collaboration with Today’s Future Sound. Alex can feel the incredible impact music and art had in every stage of his life and is a big advocate for music and artistic development in our youth today. He often hears his students express during challenging moments; “I can’t”, “I don’t know how” “I give up”. He strives to inspire a world of possibility where a little hard work, focus and will power can open the door to “I figured it out”, “I can!” “give me something even more challenging to think about!” Alex has received local & international recognition for his original music and has collaborated with notable artists such as ODDISEE, Wyclef Jean, Raydar Ellis, Anna Wise & DEO of Sonnymoon, M. Constant, Kelton Blackshear, Sid Sriram, Kamal Gamache-Mansour, Charles Burchell of “The Love Experiment”, Jamie Woods, Michael Summer & Wax Roof.

Mike C the Maitre'D

Mike Cochran (Mike C the Maitre’D)

Music Production/DJ Instructor

Mike C. the Maitre’D aka Mike Cochran is a DJ/Producer/Engineer based in the Northern California Bay Area.  With well over 10 years on the scene, he has worked with notable Bay Area Hip Hop acts such as Hieroglyphics’ DJ Toure and Casual, Clyde Carson, Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrix, among others.  Since 2007 he has competed in numerous beat battles around the Bay Area, abroad and online.  At the beginning of 2013 he joined the instructor roster of Oakland-based non-profit Today’s Future Sound to share his love and knowledge of music with the youth of the Bay Area and beyond.

Rahman Jamaal

Rahman Jamaal

Music Production Instructor

“Rahman Jamaal” McCreadie is a writer, actor, musician, emcee, filmmaker, and educator with multiple degrees in Cinema-Television, Communications in the Entertainment Industry, and Music Industry from the University of Southern California. In 2003, he debuted as the star of the record-setting feature film “The Beat” which earned critical and public acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, and began airing domestically and internationally on Showtime, STARZ, and Encore in 2005. Jamaal graduated film school with honors and now uses his success as a performer to collaborate with a unique network of talent. He wrote the first Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) and Common-Core standards-based Emcee/Spoken Word Curriculum which he began implementing in schools, non-profits, and the juvenile justice system in 2004.Rahman Jamaal wrote and produced the featured soundtrack for the independent feature film “The Beat” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. He is currently a self-produced emcee and recent Grand Prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for 2014 for his song “This Isn’t Art” which he also wrote and produced/engineered.

Ray Reck

Rayshell Mederos (Ray Reck)

Music Production Instructor

Rayshell started her love for music at age 2 when her uncles would blast the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain.
She became ensconced with Sega Genesis music eccentric Electronica CDs  given to her by her uncles. She then learned to play the recorder, violin and flute in elementary and middle school. Borrowing cassette tapes and falling asleep with Walkmen, her brother once told her she was “addicted to music.” This is still true.

Pursuing her addiction, she began deejaying, producing and writing raps under the name “Ray Reck.” Her current genres of focus is are Hip-hop and nu-electronic music, but she is still a fan of punk and rock music, and she is constantly looking for kinds of music to collect. She has produced 3 different radio shows at KSFS and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Audio and Video Production. Ray currently works as an audio technician and in multiple non-profit organizations around the city as well as Today’s Future Sound. Not only is music her life but she also has a love for kids, photography, videography, street art and Japanese food.

UnLearn The World 1

Marlon Richardson (Unlearn the World)

Music Production Instructor

Marlon Richardson aka UnLearn The World has been grinding to shine his light in the name of all things Hip Hop; the Music, the Culture and the Movement.

Born and raised in New York City, as an MC, Producer, Writer, Poet, Actor, Activist and overall Renaissance Man, UnLearn has sat in studio sessions for artists like Fat Joe and the Late Big Pun all the while recording songs with underground mainstays such as Jean Grae and Pumpkin Head. He began receiving serious notoriety when he was given the chance to join the Lyricist Lounge Club Series Tour, opening up for groups like Boot Camp Click, Young Bloodz, Dead Prez, Killa Mike, Killa Priest and Hip Hop Icon, Big Daddy Kane. UnLearn has also worked with a myriad of artists and producers from the Hip Hop world including names like Skyzoo, Sir Michael Rocks (The Cool Kids), Sha Stimuli, Domingo and Jake One.

Labeled as one of “Most slept on MC’s” by fans, Hip Hop Blogs and industry taste-makers alike, UnLearn has chosen to embrace his underdog status in the game, with the title of his debut album, “The Wake Up Call”, now available on iTunes.

adam mcgrath lo

Adam McGrath (Humunkulus)

Music Production Instructor

Adam is a strong advocate for music/music production as a means of positive self-expression, exploration and empowerment for youth. Adolescence is a crucial period of development in which we actively find ways to define our identity. It is essential for mentors to provide the tools for youth to explore who they are and express that it unique and positive ways. Music is a quintessential part of that, which makes it a truly meaningful way to connect and provide mentorship for youth.
With a B.A. in Audio Recording and a B.S. in Environmental Science from CSU, Chico, Adam is continuing his education in City College of San Francisco’s Community Health Worker: Youth Certificate program. He enjoys finding fun, creative, and interactive ways to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum into Today’s Future Sound lesson plans.


Jason Lee (Triton Bloom)

Music Production Instructor/TFS Los Angeles Coordinator

Jason Lee (Triton Bloom) is a beat producer and multi-instrumentalist based in the East Bay. Originally from Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in Electronic Music from University of California Santa Cruz in 2011. His search for originality as an artist brought from the Classical/Jazz world to Shoegaze and now to Electronic music. His sound is an exploration in lush Jazz harmony, soulful 80s/90s R&B, futuristic synthesizers, 60s/70s psychedelia, Radiohead, the UK electronica scene, the LA Beat Scene..and probably a slew of other things he isn’t aware of. Jason is a dedicated volunteer seeking to develop his own passion for teaching, however, he ultimately sees his work at TFS as his positive contribution to the political, social, and cultural sphere.


Felix Hwang (The Friendly Traveler)

DJ Instructor

A seasoned producer whose instruments of choice include his Ensoniq ASR10, Pro-Tools, and crates of records, Felix turned to DJ’ing to supplement his production arsenal. Now, as a professional DJ who regularly performs for large crowds and is mean on the cuts, Felix sets aside time in his schedule for the children, regularly volunteering with TFS at King Middle School and West Oakland Middle School where he primarily teaches DJ’ing to the next generation.  His knowledge of records, turntablism, and Hip Hop in general is also informed by many years on the radio at KALX Cal Berkeley and KZSU Stanford, specializing in rare groove, funk, soul breaks and Hip Hop.


Phillipdrummond (Philthy Beats)

Music Production Instructor

A veteran organizer of both MC battles and beat battles, Philthy has been active in the community for nearly a decade teaching music production and DJ’ing to youth in Oakland and the SF Bay Area.  His raw, dirty sound harkens back to the days of the NYC golden-era boom bap with a G-Funk twist. A core member and highly involved in the promotional aspects of TFS and TFS events such as the beat battle fundraisers, he has also played an important role in the Bay Area Producers Conference and organized over 70 beat battles.  He has also toured internationally, doing shows with some of France’s most prominent DJ’s and producers (Chinese Man Records) and toured Australia, putting on both beat battles and MC competitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Daniel Riera

Daniel Riera (Tito Tunes)

Music Production Instructor
Daniel Riera is a flutist, bassist, wind-controllerist, producer, composer and sound designer hailing from San Francisco, CA. He is active as a stage performer with groups such as Blind Willies; Marcus Cohen and The Congress; and Ra Data. Daniel releases his solo hip-hop/electronic music under the alias Tito Tunes.
His musical training began at the age of ten with San Francisco-based flute virtuoso and composer John Calloway, who remains a great influence on his development in Jazz and Latin styles. Daniel continued his studies at San Francisco’s School of the Arts High, and Berklee College of Music where he earned his degree in Music Synthesis.
In addition to teaching at TFS, Daniel is faculty at Academy of Art University teaching Music Notation and Score Preparation. He also teaches at Academy of Art in San Francisco and has taught music theory at the SF SAE institute.

Elwin Williams Darealwordsound

Elwin Williams (Darealwordsound)

Music Production Instructor

Elwin G. Williams, III is the creative force known as Darealwordsound. He is a trained bassist with more than 10 years of experience playing funk, rock, and hip-hop. From humble beginnings in the Bay Area of Fairfield/Vacaville, Wordsound has transitioned into a producer and rapper using live instruments and samples to create funky, dynamic, memorable beats. As a solo artist, Wordsound opened his own studio, BeatLayers Studio, in Vacaville, CA to produce and record local up and coming artists. As a true musician, his instrumental background also includes electric guitar, keyboard, and drums. Wordsound music highlights melodic beats with positive hip-hop lyrics. Also on the resume, Wordsound toured with Hieroglyphics founder Del the Funky Homosapien and Bukue One as a road manager and live bassist from 2012-2013. Wordsound also toured as an artist coordinator for Del the Funky Homosapien during the 2012 Deltron 3030 Canadian Music Festival tour.


Joseph Duque (Joe Dukes)

Music Production Instructor/Educational Consultant

Called a renaissance man by many of his friends and colleagues because of his diverse background and skill set, Joe manages to work on his main passion, making hip-hop beats, while balancing his time between being a father of 2, a husband, a middle school/high school teacher, and a (former) research associate at a major biotechnology company in the Bay Area.  Armed with his trusty Juno 106, and MPC 2000XL, Joe’s beats are influenced by the sounds of producers such as Dilla, Madlib, and DJ Premier: heavy hitting drums layered with synth sounds, and dirty, chopped up, vinyl samples ( and  A veteran of the local Bay Area underground hip-hop scene, Joe is excited to join the Today’s Future Sound team with the hopes of utilizing his teaching and beat-making skills to empower today’s youth.


Jason Dominguez (Science)

Music Production Instructor

Science’s name is synonymous with blaps, pure dope, rugged beats. Part of the LA-based Vinyl Villains Collective and Wood Works Media A master of the art of sample chopping, flipping samples to the point where one cannot recognize the original song. Equipment used is an Ensoniq ASR 10 , Eps 16 ,  Akai Mpc 2000xl & Reason/Protools. He has been recognized by veterans & Hip Hop pioneers for his outstanding production skills.  He’s also a bit of turntable wiz as well!  Like other TFS volunteers, he has put in work at King and West Oakland Middle Schools, respectively and also volunteered at the low-fee beatmaking workshops in Oakland.


Hank Marshall (Poetiq Beetz)

Music Production Instructor

The 20+ time beat battle winner virtually needs no introduction, with production credits for the likes of E-40, Conscious Daughters, King T and many others, Poetiq is truly a master producer, a producer’s producer.  Easily of the best in the sample chopping game, Poetiq dominated the Beats, Rhymes and Life sample flip battles as can be seen by youtube footage of his Deathproof or Beatfellas performances.


Grant Buchowicz (Ion the Prize)

Music Production Instructor

Grant has been producing music and DJing off and on for the past ten years while earning his B.S. in Physics at UC Santa Barbara and M.S. in Materials Science at UC Berkeley (The name “Ion” is a riff on his many scientific endeavors).  Over the past couple years, he has participated in multiple live beat battles in Northern California, has received recognition in online remix contests, and has been publicized on several online hip-hop websites.  Grant’s sound is rooted in early-’90s sample-based hip-hop and west coast jazz-funk, but he has expanded upon his formula to experiment with different styles of electronic music in his recent works, which have been received positively (one dubstep remix of his reached over 800k views on youtube).  Today, he DJs regularly at the UC Berkeley radio station KALX 90.7 FM and runs its production department, works with local singers and rappers such as Davinci, Josie Stingray and 1-O.A.K., is collaborating online with artists on every continent except Antarctica (so far), and is working on a set of solo EPs for 2013.  He volunteers regularly with TFS at King and West Oakland middle schools with an emphasis on the software program Ableton Live and the Novation Launchpad.

soundcloud-16x16 facebook-16x16 tumblr-16x16 youtube-16x16


Torin Martinez

Torin, a bay-area native and one-half of the hip Hop/RnB duo Glitterface, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He has been playing various instruments throughout his years with emphasis on guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Studying composition, he now enjoys playing various styles and teaching music/production to anyone that has interest. He is a firm believer that anyone can become a proficient musician with just a small push everyday. He now resides in San Francisco, CA.

Lady Fingaz JRshoot1 web

Erin Ready (Lady Fingaz)

DJ/Music Production Instructor
“As the child of a musician some of Lady Fingaz earliest memories revolve around the stage, taking in her father’s gigs, and often sitting in to sing with the band. From this musical beginning she began studying piano at an early age and in her teenage years she would then discover and enthrall herself in the art of DJ’ing and turntablism. Soon this Austin, Texas native found her element better known as dj/turntablist, producer and vocalist Lady Fingaz. Moving to New Orleans in 2001 she kept perfecting her mixes and cuts, the basics of turntablism, all while earning two business degrees at UNO. It was in New Orleans where she would quickly make a name for herself as a rising DJ talent in an all too often male dominated genre. In 2004 Offbeat’s Best of the Beat Awards honored her with Best Emerging Hip-Hop Artist for her accomplishments throughout New Orleans. In 2006 Lady Fingaz joined the collective Females Wit Funk, which features the top female turntablists from around the world. Following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Lady Fingaz relocated to San Francisco, CA furthering her solo pursuit and joining forces with the all female super group La Femme Deadly Venoms. In 2010 Lady Fingaz and her crew LFDV placed second in the U.S.A. Team DMC competition. Thanks to her father’s vast knowledge of Funk, Jazz, Classic RnB, Blues, and Rock Lady Fingaz’s production of Hip-Hop and EDM reflects that always incorporating her soulful voice and turntablism into every piece. As a Dj, with 11 years experience behind the decks, she mixes a variety of genres accompanied by an array of show stopping turntablism and live production this southern belle knows how to rock a party!”


Diane Medina (DJ Deeandroid)

DJ Instructor
DJ Deeandroid, Bay Area native thats been mixing and skratching since 1997. Co-founder of Skratchpad, established in 2003, DJ centered Hip Hop event that has spread to cities up and down the West Coast. Deeandroid is a1/4 of La Femme Deadly Venoms, a Funk Soul Hip Hop Experimental band, with an album releasing Summer 2013.


Maurice “Tony” Hicks (Love Quest Hippy)

Videographer/Photographer/Graphic Designer
Maurice Hicks, better known by his alias name Love Quest Hippy, is an American filmmaker, digital photographer, visual designer, music producer, dancer, and spoken word artist. Tony was born in Oakland, CA. At an early age, he emerged into the media scene as a member of Youth UpRising, a youth center in East Oakland, CA. In 2010, as a young dancer traveling through San Francisco & Oakland, Tony was exposed to a lot of different activities that some wouldn’t agree with. While attending Youth UpRising’s programs, Paulo Presotto, the Multimedia Coordinator, introduced him to Photoshop, Final Cut, & Digital Photography. Little did he know this would be this beginning of a life passion & the beginning of his career. He is currently working on projects with many different people and organizations throughout the United States such as, Today’s Future Sound, PhillipDrummond, KDOL, Brianna Abdullah Films, GMP, and so much more. Tony McFly has vowed to live by his creed, produce high quality work, inspire others to do follow their passions and prove that; your past does not define your future.

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 10.05.48 AM

Mario Miranda (Asterix)

Music Production/DJ Instructor

Originally hailing from Columbia, Mario “Asterix” Miranda grew up in Riverside and then the Los Angeles metro area. As a teen he became infatuated with music and taught himself multiple instruments and beat making, music production and DJ’ing. Knowing the instrumental importance of music in his own development as a youth, he has dedicated himself to working with Today’s Future Sound to help empower youth. An award winning producer who has toured the United States and South America as well as teaching music production workshops such as Beat Camp for iStandard on Native Instruments Maschine, Asterix has also won a number beat battles including being the Beat Olympics Champion, 3 time Beat Session Champion, 2009 Beat Down Champion, and 2010 Sam Ash – Beat Knock Champion. Credits include Planet Asia, Mistah Fab, Lil Scrappy, M.C Eiht, B.A.D, Styliztik Jones, Tristate and Tash. In addition to being a prolific producer/beat maker, Asterix is also an active and accomplished DJ, serving as tour DJ for Planet Asia and regularly DJ’ing Boogie/Funk nights throughout the greater Los Angeles area.



Donate Equipment
If you have equipment such as computers, tablets, hardware and software, digital cameras (especially DLSR’s) and iphones/itouches (to teach Beatmaker 2 app) please contact us.

We depend on donors to sustain our organization, provide direct services, and put on events. Please donate by sending Paypal contributions of any denomination to

Whether it be staffing an event, helping to film or edit videos of our workshops, or locating a venue, there are many ways to get involved and help support our mission.

Tell your friends!
Blog about us, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and instagram, subscribe on youtube!