Co-founder and CEO of Marmoset, Ryan co-pilots Marmoset’s creative teams, overseeing all music supervision and music licensing endeavors, music clearances, and produces original music projects.
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 finding success working with indie artists such as The Dandy Warhols, and consulting on digital strategy with bands, filmmakers and independent record labels.
A fiery advocate for artists, Ryan has given talks about the "intersection of music and branding" and the new economy of the music industry at CMJ Music Festival, SXSW, TechFestNW + MFNW in Portland. He'll be giving a TEDx Talk at Concordia University in Portland in May 2014. Ryan is a voting member of The Recording Academy (The Grammys) and a member of The Guild of Music Supervisors.
Ryan's favorite albums of 2013:
- Keep It Safe by Wild Ones
- Tomorrow's Harvest by Boards of Canada
- Songs From The Vanished Frontier by Yellowbirds
We hate to brag, but it's hard to contain the enthusiasm we have for our co-founder and lead creative, Brian Hall. Behind his gigantic red beard and youthful demeanor is a true anomaly. Simply put, he's the secret sauce on our marmoset.
When he's not working on demos until 3am at Marmoset Studios, he finds time to write music for and lead his Portland-based baroque-pop band. Brian's ability to appreciate the spirit of a spot and translate the intangibles into compelling and emotionally conducive sounds has been the catalyst to his early and continued success.
For fun, Brian divides his time between playing indoor soccer with friends and playing imaginary soccer: FIFA 2013 on Xbox 360. He's sorta addicted.
Brian's favorite albums of 2013:
- Modern Vampires Of The Cities by Vampire Weekend
- Cupid Deluxe by Blood Orange
- The Third Eye Centre by Belle & Sebastian
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 unintentional husky corgi mix, his neurotic cocker spaniel, birding, nice people, and music crafted with heart.
Justin's favorite albums of 2012:
- Hall Music, by Loney Dear
- Come, I'm a Lion! by Page France
- There's No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man On Earth
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 2013:
- Big Wheel And Others by Cass McCombs
- More by ARP
- Paracosm by Washed Out
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 2013:
- Monomania by Deerhunter
- Trouble Will Find Me by The National
- S/T by Bass Drum Of Death
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 2013:
- Antenna To The Afterworld by Sonny & The Sunsets
- Reflektor by Arcade Fire
- Orb Weaver by The Parson Red Heads
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 2013:
- If You Leave by Daughter
- Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- True by Avicii
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 2013:
- Muchacho by Phosphorescent
- Waking On A Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile
- Songs From The Vanished Frontier by Yellowbirds
Sarah leads Marmoset's Digital Team as the Duchess of Digital Strategy, working closely with Shane and Stirling. Born in Hood River, Oregon and raised in Kansas City, Sarah’s a graduate of the University of Iowa, returning to Portland in 2010. While in Kansas City, Sarah cut her teeth at VML as a Social Marketing Strategist, where she worked extensively on Gatorade. More recently, she worked as Director of Digital Strategy for Portland's Roundhouse Agency, working with clients such as Xbox, Adidas, Widmer Brothers, and Brooks Running. Sarah most recently served as the Director of Marketing for Portland tech start-up, Tellagence.
Truth be told, the Marmoset crew first met Sarah while camping at Pick-a-thon. She had the best tent and camping gear of the group. She was sorta like an REI commercial and we instantly knew we needed her on the team.
Sarah's favorite albums of 2013:
- Regions of Light and Sound of God by Jim James
- O' Be Joyful by Shovels and Rope
- Moon Tides by Pure Bathing Culture
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 2013:
- Acid Rap by Chance The Rapper
- The Sun Dogs by Rose Windows
- Doris by Earl Sweatshirt
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 2013:
- White Lighter by Typhoon
- The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hands
- The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight... by Neko Case
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 2013:
- The Moth & The Flame EP by The Moth & The Flame
- Haw by Hiss Golden Messenger
- Tall Tall Trees by Basia Bulat
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 2013:
- Days Are Gone by Haim
- Olympia by Austra
- Big Black Delta by Big Black Delta
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 Magna 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 2013:
- Fade by Yo La Tengo
- Silence Yourself by Savages
- Timeshare by Grandkids
Conceived, born and raised right here in the bosom of Oregon, Tyler Nordby grew up surrounded by music. He's been going to shows since was in middle school and his appreciation for indie came from busting kick flips and watching skateboard videos.
As Marmoset’s Studio Manager and Music Licensing Coordinator, Tyler is mastering the art of doing five things at once. Little known fact — he moonlights as an actor in commercials and films and actually played a small role in the blockbuster film, Twilight. When not wrecking shop at Marmoset, he’s is likely shredding trails, mushroom hunting, snowboarding and cooking for his main squeeze.
Tyler's favorite albums of 2013:
- Paracosm by Washed Out
- Muchacho by Phosphorescent
- Comedown Machine by The Strokes
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Bob is an art school graduate who’s now firmly planted his roots in Portland. He cut his teeth in music at 5th Floor Recording, a commercial recording studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his current role at Marmoset, he’s killing it as the Intern of Awesomeness.
When not juggling margaritas or walking his two-year old chocolate labrador, Bob spends his time rock climbing or geeking out with various personal music projects.
Bob's favorite albums of 2013:
- We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic by Foxygen
- Wakin on a Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile
- Pythons by Surfer Blood
Truth be told, Amy Hall is the glue that keeps Marmoset together. She works with both clients and artists, keeping tabs on all of the details and fine print that might otherwise fall through the cracks. Amy manages budgets, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and is quickly becoming our resident expert on everything in the Performing Rights Organization universe. Oh my.
Born and raised out in the sticks near Stayton, Oregon, Amy's baroque folk-pop band recently released a debut record.
Amy's favorite albums of 2012:
- Bankrupt! by Phoenix
- Modern Vampires Of The City by Vampire Weekend
- Days Are Gone by HAIM
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 2013:
- Keep It Safe by Wild Ones
- My Friend Fish by Diane Coffee
- Bye Bye 17 by Har Mar Superstar
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 2013:
- Random Access Memories by Daft Punk
- Songs from the Vanished Frontier by Yellowbirds
- Woman by Rhye
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 2013:
- Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
- B Room by Dr. Dog
- Antiphon by Midlake