Family

Ryan Wines

Co-Founder + CEO + Executive Producer

Ryan co-pilots Marmoset’s creative teams, overseeing all music supervision and music licensing endeavors, music clearances, and produces original music projects.

A fiery advocate for artists, Ryan recently gave a TED Talk on "Fostering Creative Culture" and has given talks about the "intersection of music and branding" and the new economy of the music industry at CMJ Music Festival, SXSW, TechFestNW and MFNW. Ryan serves on the Board of Governors for the Pacific NW Chapter of The Recording Academy (The Grammys), MusicFestNW's 2014 Board of Advisors, and is a member of The Guild of Music Supervisors.

An Oregon native, Ryan first realized his passion for music as a College Radio DJ at his alma mater, Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Since then, he's worked in a variety of digital strategy roles in the creative agency arena, while also driving success for record labels and indie artists such as The Dandy Warhols, and consulting with brands, bands, and filmmakers.

Under Ryan's leadership, Marmoset won a Webby Award, a SXSW Interactive Award, plus accolades for "The Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon," "The 100 Best Places to Work in Oregon," "The 100 Greenest Companies in Oregon," and in 2014 Ryan was honored with the "40 Under 40 Award" by The Portland Business Journal.

Ryan's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Alix by Generationals
  • With Light and with Love by Woods
  • Springtime Carnivore by Springtime Carnivore

Brian Hall

Creative Director + Composer + Partner

We hate to brag, but it's hard to contain the enthusiasm we have for our co-founder and creative leader, Brian Hall. Underneath his gigantic red beard and his youthful demeanor is a true anomaly and an undeniably special talent. Simply put, he's the secret sauce on our marmoset.

In addition to his role as a Partner and Creative Director, Brian is Marmoset’s most prolific composer, lending his talent to many of Marmoset’s most memorable and defining work. He’s forged his mark as a young maestro in the music production arena scoring independent films, recording and producing records, and crafting original music and sounds for brands and creative agencies big and small, across the world.

Most importantly, Brian's ability to understand and appreciate the spirit of nearly any creative endeavor and translate the intangibles into compelling and emotionally conducive sounds, has been the catalyst to his early and continued success.

When he’s not in the studio, Brian devotes his time to Portland Timbers matches, late nights with friends around his backyard campfire, playing music with his bands Rosasharn and Sunbeam, and hanging out with his 6 month old son, Jayden.

Brian's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Nikkie Nack by tUnE-yArDs
  • Lost In The Dream by The War on Drugs
  • Youth by Wild Cub

Justin DeMers

Generator of Big Ideas + Partner

No one knows where Justin comes from. Not even him. Mostly because his eyes are always set so far on the horizon he can’t remember what happened last week. Considered the Dreamer and the Make It Happen-er, the status quo better beware.

Justin loves his wife, his newborn son River, his unintentional husky corgi mix, his neurotic cocker spaniel, birding, nice people, and music crafted with heart.

Justin's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Twenty-Something EP by Noah Gundersen
  • While Winter Whispers by Lullatone
  • Atlas: Year One by Sleeping At Last

Eric Nordby

Director of Music Supervision

Nicknamed "The Weather" by his friends, Eric Nordby is an Oregonian through and through. At Marmoset, he is involved in almost every facet of our little community, heading-up Music Clearances, playing a central role on the Music Supervision Team, and managing a wide array of projects. However, more than just a music enthusiast, Eric is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band, Norman, a Portland-based alt-country pop band, who toured Europe for the first time in 2012.

Let it also be known that Eric is also an avid collector of vintage instruments - mostly guitar equipment, organs and synthesizers; and also of a sweet pair of salmon colored pants that drives both men and women crazy.

Eric's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Sun Structures by Temples
  • Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  • Atlas by Real Estate

Rob Dennler

Director of Music Production

Rob Dennler: Enigmatic. Scrupulous. Wry. Tattooed. Mustachioed… A perfect villain, one might say. We however, like to think of him as our secret weapon behind the glass. Over the past 12 years, Rob has spent much of his time working as an engineer / producer. He is most at home in the recording studio, where he's had the good fortune of working beside such amazing artists as Built to Spill, A Fine Frenzy, Fun., Sheryl Crow, The Parson Red Heads, and Pierre DeReeder (Rilo Kiley).

Contrary to popular belief, Rob was not hired at Marmoset merely because he loves tacos and bourbon. He is also a coffee and fried foods savant - he loves his mama’s southern cookin’. Rob also has an insatiable appetite for new music, and can often be spotted in the crowd or back stage at one of Portland's many music venues.

Rob's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Manipulator by Ty Segall
  • Underneath The Rainbow by Black Lips
  • Seeds by TV On The Radio

Kat Olsen

Senior Music Supervisor

Kat maintains two passions in life: music and film. A Midwesterner turned Northwesterner, she's a Film School Graduate (Portland State University) who's written, directed, edited, and produced more than 20 films along the way. Following film school, she worked as a Production Coordinator at Sandymontana in Portland, Oregon where she worked extensively with Nike. After Sandymontana, she moved on to Brand Agency, Roundhouse, where she quickly climbed the ranks as a Producer, working primarily with Adidas North America.

At Marmoset, Kat is the epitome of a team player, providing crucial support, research and general wizardry on the Music Supervision Team. She also has an amazing goat call that comes in handy whenever she needs to really get someone's attention.

Her music outlet comes from both listening to music and making music. Kat plays guitar in The Vandies, an all girl rock band who released their debut EP in March 2013. When not immersed in music, she maintains an impressive collection of eclectic porcelain elephants.

Kat's favorite albums of 2014:

  • St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  • I Never Learn by Lykke Li
  • Open Season by High Highs

Ron Lewis

Senior Music Supervisor + Producer + Composer

Ron Lewis is a renaissance man. Once upon a time, he navigated the high seas of artisanal cheese as a professional cheesemonger. Preferring two wheels to four, he's deep into the world of competitive road cycling and some would say he's a bit obsessive about bike building. Legend has it, he interned with Michelangelo and once slayed a dragon, simply so he could serve dragon pâté at a dinner party.

Despite his sophisticated palate and recreational endeavors, he's found time to record and tour with a long list of indie bands, including The Shins, Grand Archives, Ghost Stories, Joggers, Mines, The Halo Project, and Jetsetter. Ron is currently playing guitar in The Fruit Bats and maintains an electronic drone project he's been exploring since 1998 under the name Ossature.

Little known fact about Ron: He has an impressive vinyl record collection that literally fills up a small bedroom from floor to ceiling and nearly wall to wall. And he loves The Eagles.

Ron's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Dude Incredible by Shellac
  • Sun Structures by Temples
  • Memoirs of Dementia by GREYGHOST

Nicole Wilson

Music Supervisor

Nicole first realized her passion for music upon listening to her parent's record collection while growing up. It started with the Beach Boys and the Beatles and has been non-stop ever since. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nicole landed in Portland in 2007, firmly focused on finding her path in the music industry. Soon, she found herself traveling the world, working in a variety of tour roles with bands such as The Dandy Warhols, Darker My Love, and Kings of Leon. Eventually she focused her interests on Music Supervision, where she honed her craft at Search Party, and her own endeavor, Cast Iron Songs.

Admittedly an indie film geek, when not at Marmoset Nicole enjoys spending time with family, she keeps Bob Dylan in regular rotation, and takes long walks with her miniature wire-haired dachshund, Una May.

Nicole's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Ryan Adams by Ryan Adams
  • Singles by Future Islands
  • Morning Phase by Beck

Tim Shrout

Producer + Audio Engineer

Despite his New Jersey upbringing, Tim is not an obsessive Springsteen fan. Instead he spent his formative musical years listening to local punk bands like Bigwig and Bouncing Souls. He caught the production bug while learning his way around an old 4-track cassette recorder while working with his high school band, and he’s yet to find a cure. Tim studied recording and classical guitar at USC in Los Angeles, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and eventually migrated to Portland in 2011, where he and some friends immediately launched a venue and recording space in an old Northeast Portland home.

When he’s not spending his time at Portland music institutions like PDX Pop Now! and Banana Stand Media, Tim bikes around town in heavy rain gear, gets in to arguments about pizza, and is known to lose sleep worrying if his homebrew recipe will turn out okay.

Tim's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Numerals by Disco Doom
  • Woodsman by Woodsman
  • The Rite of Spring by The Bad Plus

Brandon Day

New Music Scout + Artist Relations Manager

Brandon Day just might be the most enthusiastic music aficionado on the planet. No joke. He knows more bands than Portland has umbrellas...and has seen most of them live. Born and raised in the "Grass Seed Capital of the World" - Albany, Oregon, Brandon is currently pursuing a degree in Business at Portland State University and has an unexplainable affinity for salads...and curry chicken...and Vetiver, among other things. Helping out with artist relations and music licensing at Marmoset, Brandon holds down the Marmoset Blog and is a dang good photographer too.

Brandon's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  • Benji by Sun Kill Moon
  • Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olson

Katy Davidson

Music Licensing Coordinator

Born in the spiny Sonoran foothills of Arizona, Katy Davidson's modus operandi is to blast through life with the passion of a rain-javelina on a festive stampede. Katy does things that others only imagine — like playing keyboards for the band Gossip at the opening gala of the Cannes Film Festival or backpacking for a week through the New Mexican wilderness during an unprecedented early-summer snowstorm. In addition to playing in Gossip, she’s a former member of YACHT, played in Mount Eerie, Feelin' Alright, and led her own projects: Key Losers, Lloyd & Michael, and Dear Nora. She also DJs as the mysterious and vaporous, Weird Cactus.

Although she loves the Pacific Northwest vibes, it's only a matter of time before she bails for coastal Mexico, opens a gay mezcaleria, and lives out of the rest of her days dancing cumbia whilst wearing ultra-soft fabrics and Vibram barefoot sports shoes.

Katy's favorite albums of 2014:

  • LP1 by FKA Twigs
  • St. Vincent by St. Vincent
  • It’s Album Time by Todd Terje

Bob Werner

Creative Project Manager + Community Ambassador

Originally from Cincinnati, where his diet consisted almost exclusively of chili dogs, Bob is a graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he studied music, video, and sound production.  

At Marmoset, Bob is a Creative Project Manager, supporting the Music Supervision Team, the Original Music Team and and is always standing by ready to mix a real mean margarita. In the rainy season, you'll find him tucked away in his home studio geeking out over personal music projects. But when the sun comes out good luck finding him at all — he'll likely be out rock climbing in the Mt. Hood National Forest, surfing on the Oregon Coast, or chasing his three year old chocolate lab around Southeast Portland.

Bobby's favorite albums of 2014:

  • With Light and With Love by Woods
  • Atlas by Real Estate
  • Mr. Noah by Panda Bear

Jon Haas

Director of Finance + Business Affairs

Jonathan Haas was born in the green and enchanting Pacific Northwest…well, kind of. Sacramento is in the NW corner of the country, right?

After studying for two years at The George Washington University and later earning a degree from California State University at Sacramento, Jonathan migrated North in search of music, culture and a better way of life. In Portland, he worked with Ingrid Renan at Exploding Green Management (Blitzen Trapper, Typhoon) where he focused on what he does best: numbers, systems and processes.

More recently Jonathan played a key role at Portland's Tender Loving Empire - the indie music label (Radiation City, Typhoon, Y La Bamba) and boutique arts and goods store, once called a “dream boutique” and a “creative hub” by The Wall Street Journal - taking their DIY business model to another level.

Like any good citizen of Portlandia, Jonathan is a member of a local CSA, where he enjoys having locally farmed produce delivered regularly to his front porch, empowering him to be a legitimate badass in the kitchen. Bon appetite.

Jon's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Singles by Future Islands
  • Lost In The Dream by The War on Drugs
  • Sun Structures by Temples

Beth Martin

Business Affairs Coordinator

Once a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Beth Martin helps keep the details at Marmoset in their proper place. A Pacific Northwest native, she's called Portland home since 2006. Growing up in a musical family, as a teenager Beth was drawn into the punk and dance scenes around the Seattle area. She landed her first dream job cycling through a variety of roles at Western Washington University’s radio station, soaking up as much of the vibrant music scene as she could through interviewing bands, DJ-ing around town and scouting shows. One day she drove South on Interstate 5 for a small music festival in Portland and almost instantly she knew PDX would some day be her home.

When she's not herding creatives and wrangling biz affairs duties at Marmoset, Beth donates her time to the Portland music community, volunteering at PDX Pop Now! Music Festival, MusicFest NW and others. With what is left of her time she runs, cooks, and DJ's at Lewis & Clark College's indie station, KLC. She's a badass.

Beth's favorite albums of 2014:

  • El Pintor by Interpol
  • Goddess by Banks
  • Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olson

Shane Geiger

Digital Team Lead

Born and raised in the Portland area, Shane has always felt at home in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the University of Portland, and during his time on the bluff he became infatuated with the Portland music scene. Frequently opting to forgo food to pay for concert tickets, he can often be found attending just about every electro-pop show that Portland has to offer. Shane is a talented saxophone player as well, and one day dreams of joining a Glenn Miller-esque jazz band. He also owns an Akai MPK25 and a copy of Ableton, and, using an alter-ego, plans on becoming a world-renowned electronic artist without any of his friends knowing.

Beyond music, Shane is an avid runner who competed in track and cross country for UP. He’s also vegan, so feel free to taunt him with cheeseburgers and pepperoni pizza at your own leisure.

Shane's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Gilded Oldies by Cataldo
  • Broke Boy Syndrome by Tope
  • Wild Onion by Twin Peaks

Victoria Semarjian

Senior Project Manager

At ten years old, an unassuming musical interaction would prove to be a life changing event for Victoria. While on a short trip to Florida, she was left under the supervision of her older brother’s friend. And in order to prevent cramping his style, Vic was instructed to lay low in the back of his convertible 70s MG while he cruised the strip. He popped a cassette in the tape player — Dead Kennedy’s Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables. For Victoria, it was as if nothing else in the world existed as she imagined Jello Biafra was speaking to her and only her. Immediately upon returning home to Cleveland, Victoria pierced her ears eight times, cut her hair into a mohawk and dyed it the provocative shade of Blueberry Wine. The rest, as they say, is history.

Victoria no longer has blue hair, but still likes to live life with reckless abandon. Prior to settling in and calling Portland home, she’s lived in Cleveland, Milwaukee, Chicago and Boston (although in NYC most of the time). Notable life experiences include watching 70,000 German metal heads pump their fists to Iron Maiden and having a cataract inflicted moray eel wrap itself around her while diving in the Caribbean. Victoria is mildly obsessed with all things Japanese, midcentury modern furniture and kung fu movies. In her free time, she runs her boutique underwear company, makes jewelry, paints and also finds time to play in an underground pinball gang.

After years spent exploring and mastering a variety of roles at creative agencies across the country, Victoria’s love of music has planted her firmly at Marmoset -- where within her first week on the job was responsible for instituting and filling a swear jar.

Victoria’s Favorite Albums of 2014:

  • The Serpent and the Sphere by Agalloch
  • To Be Kind by Swans
  • Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros Years [1969-1972] by Herbie Hancock

Stirling Myles

Community Ambassador

Weaned from the mountains of Colorado and a hippie Buddhist writing school, Stirling brings literary prowess to the Marmoset family being our Social Media Intern. He will make a point to allude to Doom and Drone Metal analogies as much as possible on the blog. When not in the office, Stirling might be touring and playing shows in his band Alameda or venturing out to the coast for intense sessions of Tuvan throat singing.

Stirling's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Lateness of Dancers by Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Tremors by SOHN
  • Clark by Clark

Jessica Cassady

Studio Manager + Projects Coordinator

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Jessica is a Pacific Northwest native -- and proud of it. Growing up with an obsession for the Seattle music scene, she enrolled in band at the age of 10, playing percussions, and has been involved in music ever since.

Jessica interned at Subpop throughout college, and upon graduating from the University of Washington in 2014, she packed her bags and headed south to Portland, accepting an internship at Marmoset, which quickly evolved into a full-time role as Studio Manager and Projects Coordinator, where she wrecks shop on a daily basis. A Fleetwood Mac super-fan, Jessica loves well-timed puns, painting, and her miniature Schnauzer, Marty.

Jess' favorite albums of 2014:

  • Are We There by Sharon Van Etten
  • Cosmos by Yellow Ostrich
  • Gilded Oldies by Cataldo

Ryan Rebo

Developer + Designer

Before landing in Portland, Oregon, Ryan Rebo has literally been all over the map. Over the past three years, he’s worked as a designer in Austin, then moved out to the sticks for an extended artist residency in the Wallowa Mountains. Next he ventured east to Brooklyn, New York to take part in an intense bootcamp school for developers, which he followed by moving back to his home turf in Montana, where the buffalo roam.

Long before lending his coding talents to Marmoset, Ryan was an artist on the roster for music licensing and has released five albums to date. Equally compelled in the realms of recording and producing, Ryan provided the production magic behind Amy Seeley’s highly lauded 2010 release, Plum Coulee -- recorded in Helena, Montana.

When he is not writing lines of code and deploying new features to the Marmoset digital universe, Ryan enjoys the artful pursuit of stalking hungry trout with his fly rod and reel -- preferably with a six pack of ice cold Tecate nearby. More than anything, he loves spending time with his wife Kelly, their baby boy River, along with their hound dog Joonbug and little orange cat named Woolybugger.

Ryan's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Emmaar by Tinariwen
  • Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun by Damien Jurado
  • Lost In The Dream by The War On Drugs

David Katz

Music Licensing Coordinator

After suffering a snowboarding injury in 7th grade, David locked himself in his room and learned to play Blink 182’s entire catalog of songs. Inevitably, he formed and led a variety bands throughout high school and college, while for better or worse, he never carved powder again.

David grew up near Portland in Vancouver, Washington -- a virtual suburbia, where he recalls pop-punk being on an infinite loop and everyone lived in practically the exact same cookie-cutter house. Eventually David migrated a few miles across the Columbia River, where he now calls Portland home and helps hold down the fort as Marmoset’s Licensing Coordinator and all around behind the scenes ninja. Arguably the best ping pong player at Marmoset, in his free time he’s typically writing songs for his indie-rock group, Altadore.

David's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Lost In The Dream by War On Drugs
  • Sun Structures by Temples
  • Burn Your Fire For No Witness by Angel Olsen

Graham Barton

Composer

Graham is a Mitten state native, Minneapolis transplant, and guitar pedal enthusiast. When he isn't producing and making music with local Twin Cities artists, he plays Pokemon Blue with his hermit crab, listens to K-Pop during the day, and develops Twin Peaks conspiracy theories at night.

Graham's favorite albums of 2014:

  • 1989 by Taylor Swift
  • Cosmic Logic by Peaking Lights
  • Young Sunset by Rupert Angeleyes

David Swensen

Composer

David Swensen and music go hand-in-hand... sorta like a mug and coffee. While we're not quite sure which is the mug and which is the coffee, we do know you can't have one without the other. Being a multi-instrumentalist since puberty, David has always been fascinated by music and the infinite ocean of instruments available to create it. David's super powers are seeded in his appetite for analog. In fact, he often dreams in analog... only waking to change the tapes.

David worked for The Dust Brothers for a spell at their famed "The Boat" studio, where he watched a lot of television with Beck while working on the reissue Odelay. Other credits include David Byrne's Here Lies Love with Fatboy Slim, Grace Potter and the Nocturnes, and others. While playing guitar and bass in the Parson Red Heads, David toured with Blitzen Trapper and shared the stage with Delta Spirit, J. Tillman, Crystal Skulls, Beach House, Blonde Redhead, Silver Jews, Sea Wolf, and Devandra Banhart to name a few.

David's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Morning Phase by Beck
  • Salad Days by Mac DeMarco
  • Only Light by Evan Way

Dave Gulick

Composer + Tantric Yoga Master

Known to his friends and family as an international man of mystery and romance - truth be told, Dave Gulick is, through and through, an earnest craftsman of songs and melodies. He's one of the more prolific and dynamic composers in Marmoset's stable, with an impressive list of credits to show for it.

When not writing and recording music, you'll find Dave riding on two wheels, either racing for his cyclecross team, Green Submarine Racing, or mountain biking with his buds. He almost always has a little mud splattered on his face and in his teeth with the sweet scent of a hoppy micro brew on his breath. This combination is the true measure of a Northwest adventurer.

Dave leads and contributes to a growing list of bands and projects, including Fremont, Derby, Teemster, Deepest Darkest and regularly collaborates with others. His signature move on the dance floor is The Robot. His favorite jeans are Levi's 513's - he just likes the way they fit his body.

Dave's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Heigh Ho by Blake Mills
  • Hungry Ghosts by OK Go
  • Ritual in Repeat by Tennis

Matthew Ellis

Composer

French horn player and conductor turned electronic composer and multi-instrumentalist, Matthew Ellis got his start at an early age playing in wind ensembles and even went on to write and conduct them. Like many Portland, Oregon musicians, while he calls Portland home, Ellis is a transplant. Originally from central Florida, Ellis relocated to live cheaply, drink beer and make music. Naturally, Portland was an ideal location for said life style.

These days Ellis takes advantage of the long winters and wet surroundings by staying... and playing inside; keeping dry, drinking coffee and producing dark 80ʼs dance pop. His live shows have created quite a buzz over the past year, integrating a fascinating mixed media art installation, complete with lasers and mirror and fog machines and bird nests around the stage.

Matthew's favorite albums of 2014:

  • Early Riser by Taylor McFerrin
  • White Women by Chromeo
  • Awake by Tycho