AAMC Official Host
Freska Griarte, Radio Host @ KOIT 96.5 FM
Hey there it’s Freska! What can say? I love working at KOIT! I would listen the station with my mom when I was a kid! When I think of that it puts a smile on my face!! I was born in San Francisco and lived in the Glen Park district until we moved to good ole foggy Daly City. My family is spread out all over the Bay Area. I am often in Vallejo, Newark, San Jose, and up and down the peninsula. I have 2 daughters in middle school who definitely keep me busy! Our family time consists of going to museums, parks, and adventures with our American Pitbull Terrior named Jada who has just been a blessing to our family. She gets us outside of the house and off of our phones and computers for some great walks with nature. I enjoy motorcycles, martial arts, going to the movies, and spending quality Mother/ Daughter time with my girls. I love many genres of music: R&B,pop, rock, reggae, jazz and soul!
Alex Paguirigan, Music Licensing Creative @ Marmoset Music
Alex Paguirigan is a Portland, OR based Music Licensing Creative at Marmoset Music, a full-service music agency where he also is a founding member of their Diversity & Inclusion Team. He actively pitches music from Marmoset’s ever-evolving roster of over 700 independent artists/bands and labels for sync placement in moving picture, though his specialty is advertising. A first call for ad agencies, editors, and music supervisors around the globe, Alex has placed songs into content for brands such as Nike, Google, and Ford to name a few. Prior to joining Marmoset, he assisted on over 2,000 voiceover, sound design, and mix sessions in his hometown of Chicago. Alex’s film sound and music editing has been heard on PBS, Starz, the Sundance & SXSW film festivals, as well as in the Oscar-nominated feature film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. When not glued to his headphones, you can find him in the wild training for his next marathon, quoting the outtakes from Rush Hour 1 & 2, or failing miserably at bar trivia with a cheap beer in tow.
Bambu DePistola, Chairman @ Beatrock Music
Dad, Partner, Community Organizer, and Emcee – Los Angeles’ Bambu DePistola has been a staple on the Underground Hip Hop circuit for 15-years, taking his signature brand of Pro-People, unapologetically militant Hip Hop across the globe. Years of touring and a heavy catalog of music have garnered Bambu a cult-like fanbase, and by taking out any desire for corporate backing, he has opened opportunities to try “out-of-the-box” methods of releasing and promoting music with great success. As Chairman at the helm of Beatrock Music, Bambu has helped amass a heavyweight pool of talented new artists including Ruby Ibarra, Klassy and G Yamazawa to bring the label into a new decade — using the same unconventional means of releasing and promoting music in the true spirit of Hip Hop.
Joanne Boston, Producer @ General Assembly
Joanne is a San Francisco Bay Area native and is currently the Events Producer for General Assembly San Francisco. Prior to joining General Assembly in the Spring of 2019, she specialized in medical oncology reimbursements and research for 12 years. As a side hustle, Joanne produced food and social events for over 10 years – notable projects include a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City, culinary event at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Savor Filipino Food Festival in San Francisco and Oakland.She is currently involved with Entrepinays Summit, Balay Kreative, Filipino American National History Society (FANHS), is an alumna of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), and is Arts & Culture Commissioner for the City of Daly City.Joanne’s goal is to produce meaningful events that will bring positive impact to the community.
Kerry Fiero, Producer @ Girl Power Music Conference
Kerry Fiero started in the Music Industry as a personal manager in her company, Strive Management almost 20 years ago. She guided and directed the careers of signed and independent music acts including R&B artists Pinay, Ledisi, Mingus Amungus and more. She was on the team for Goapele and toured with her. She supported talent for over a decade before transitioning her business into project management and event management. Kerry has managed and booked venues and festivals, been a stage manager, established the San Francisco Chapter of LA based NARIP (National Association of Record Industry Professionals), and was the Artist Liaison for SFJAZZ and curated their inaugural music business 4 part series which she conceived and created. For ten years Kerry has been an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University’s Music/ Recording Industry Program where she teaches Music Business classes and Event Planning classes and recently joined the faculty at SAE/Expression College where she teaches the Music Business. Kerry has produced countless shows, educational and networking events. Ten years ago, through company Fiero Flair (co-owned with husband Gian Fiero), she produced the Strive for More Showcase which launched stars like Kehlani, Rozzi Crane (Maroon 5) and Adrian Marcel. Annually she produces the Fiero Flair signature event, Girl Power! Women working in the Music Industry Conference.
Manila Killa, Music Producer
Chris Gavino, pka Manila Killa, is a producer born in the United States but raised around the world. Despite a family that moved constantly and landed him in places as disparate as Indonesia, the Philippines (where he began producing music) and the United States, his moniker reminds the audience of where his electronic roots came from.
Nahuel Bronzini, Music Producer and GRAMMY SF Board Member
Nahuel Bronzini is a Grammy (R) Award-winning music producer, arranger and sound engineer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works out of Airship Laboratories Studios and his private mixing and production room in Berkeley, CA. Nahuel has worked with a wide range of artists, from writing string arrangements and playing shows and engineering studio sessions with R&B legends Tony Toni Toné!, to engineering Fantastic Negrito’s Grammy-Winning “Please Don’t Be Dead”, and creating multi artists collaboration with Bay Area favorites in his own release entitled “The String Quartet Experience”. Nahuel is a multifaceted musician and producer/engineer that feels at home both on stage and at the studio. Nahuel is a graduate from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and from Escuela de Música Contemporánea (Argentina), and studied audio and acoustics at Universidad de Tres de Febrero (Argentina). He is currently a Governor of the Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter and a member of the Producers and Engineers Wing Committee, as well as a committee member for the AES SF Chapter. Website
Rex Sampaga, Music Supervisor and Publisher @ RAS Music Group
Rex Sampaga is a music industry veteran for over 20 years and currently owns RAS Music Group, a music supervision and music publishing company where it pitches songs to studios and production companies for song placement in Film & TV and music licensing. He just completed music supervision for the current commercial spot for the upcoming Census 2020 geared towards the FilipinoAmerican audience, as well as a slew of short films made by Fil-Am filmmakers and directors through the organization, FilAm Creative. He also is a co-partner in the production company, P.A.E. Live!, producing various shows and events all over Southern California. At the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, he co-produced and directed the concert series: “Jazzmopolitan” (The Gentlemen of Jazz, The Ladies of Jazz & The Jazzmopolitan All-Stars) and the Hawaiian/Pacific Islander concert series: “AlohaFest”, along with the critically acclaimed, “The V-Monologues” which starred an all-star Filipina female cast in Lea Salonga, Tamlyn Tomita, Tia Carrere and Jennifer Paz amongst others. He is a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), as well as the performing rights organizations in ASCAP and BMI. Lastly, he is a Founding Board of Director for FilAm Creative, where it just celebrated 10 years in the community.
Ritika Pabla, Radio Host @ Rukus Avenue Radio
Ritika has been working in the tech industry for companies like Google and LinkedIn, and is currently managing the Recruiting Coordination team. She has been a social media influencer for around 8 years now as a fashion enthusiast and has competed in the Miss California USA 2018 pageant — representing South San Francisco. Ritika has modeled for editorial spreads and has been recently featured in 3 magazines. She is currently balancing her time as a Manager at LinkedIn and a radio host with Rukus Avenue Radio. Her mission is to inspire individuals to elevate themselves by focusing on their passion.
Rocky G, Rapper
Rapper, filmmaker, and multi-instrumentalist, Rocky G has been an uprising enigma in the underground hip-hop scene. As a D.C. native & current Bay Area resident, he has attained many layers musically from playing Saxophone as a youth, too collaborating & performing alongside artists like NugLife, Ruby Ibarra, AstraLogik, & more .
Romeo Marquez Jr., Head of Kollective Hustle
Romeo Marquez Jr. is a sought-after international speaker, #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author, and host of the new show, Hustle With Purpose, highlighting Filipino-American industry leaders and influencers. Over the past decade, Romeo has delivered more than 1,000 presentations to over 1 million audience members across the United States, Canada, Philippines, Asia, and Europe helping organizations, entrepreneurs and CEOs achieve extraordinary results. He is one of the first Filipinos in the United States to have a career as a professional speaker and as a result, he became the first Filipino chosen to be the Chairman for the National Speakers Association as well as being one of the first Filipinos in the world to do a TEDx Talk. Romeo is currently the Head of Kollective Hustle, an initiative of ABS-CBN, to empower the next generation of Filipino-American college students and young professionals, working closely with artists and influencers such as P-Lo, Happy Slip, Jeremy Passion, JR Aquino, Ruby Ibarra, Jessica Sanchez, The Filharmonic and many more. From speaking tours worldwide to working with other notable names such as the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kelly Clarkson, and Jim Carrey, Romeo’s mission is to help people maximize their greatness so that they live a life with purpose and passion.