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Executive Staff and Board of Advisors

Why go to a school built by academic professionals (i.e., teachers) who are NOT doing what you want to do for a living, when you could attend an Apprenticeship Program built by industry professionals who are doing EXACTLY what you want to be doing for a living (CREATING music, films, or radio programming)?

The RECORDING, FILM AND RADIO CONNECTION family of Apprenticeship (Externship) Programs are industry sponsored. Over 3,000 well-known Music Producers, Audio Engineers, Film Producers, Film Directors, Radio DJs, Program Directors, Editors, Mixers, Artists, Filmmakers, Sound Technicians, Screenwriters, Studio Owners, Production Company Owners, Gaffers and Lighting Technicians, Sound Engineers, Live Sound Engineers, and Composers have officially endorsed the validity and effectiveness of our method of education and course curriculums.

The following music, film and radio professionals currently sit on The RRF Board of Advisors are an integral part of the RRF family because they understand that the best way to learn and break into music, film or radio is via the RRF Apprenticeship family of programs. As Board of Advisors for our program, these professionals want you to know that they approve in full of our method of education and courses.


James Petulla


Phone: (800) 800-9581
E-Mail [email protected]

Founder and Chief Executive Officer-A successful film writer, producer and former radio broadcaster, Petulla came up with his take on the mentor/apprentice method of education while working as an instructor for the world famous and now defunct Columbia School of Broadcasting. He believed that the people who worked there were great but that overall it was… More

Brian Kraft

COO / Chief Academic Officer

Phone: (800) 755-7597 x223
Phone2: (310) 456-9624 x223 E-Mail [email protected]

Brian Kraft is Chief Academic Officer and COO for Recording Radio Film Connection.

Kraft attended The University of Santa Monica (USM) in Santa Monica, CA. to study Transpersonal Psychology and is a career counselor and mentor to adults. 

Josquin des Pres

Music Producer

A renowned producer, songwriter, musician, manager, studio owner and author, Josquin des Pres is a lifelong music impresario, consistently maintaining the respect of his peers throughout the music industry. His business successes over the years and his credits with some of the biggest names in the music industry make Josquin an invaluable asset to any entrepreneurial music venture.

While growing up in France, Josquin des Pres relentlessly focused on becoming a professional musician and songwriter, getting signed to his first major record deal while still in his teens. He went on to tour the world with some of the biggest acts in France before moving to southern California to continue advancing his career.

Over the years, Josquin has earned a reputation as an in-demand session player and songwriter, working with some of the biggest names in music (including a long-term collaborative partnership with Bernie Taupin, noted lyricist for Elton John) and composing music for many TV shows and networks. Since 1997, Josquin has operated Track Star Studios, one of the most successful recording studios in San Diego.

Mark Christiansen

Audio Engineer

Starting his music career as a teenager, Mark Christiansen was producing independent recording projects before he was 20 years old. As a musical artist, he’s had the privilege over the years of touring with the likes of The Clash, Radiohead, The Wallflowers and The Gin Blossoms. Today, Mark is one of the most highly regarded mastering engineers in New York City, working with hundreds of artists, labels and major corporations. Mark owns and operates Engine Room Audio in New York.

Steve Sundholm

Music Producer

A noted musician, songwriter and producer, Steve Sundholm saw his first big music industry success with his production of Grammy-nominated artist Jim Brickman’s song “Hideaway,” which went to No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Since then, Steve has worked in the studio with Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Ryan Tedder, Hall and Oates, Lady Antebellum, Kesha, Green day, Lil’ Wayne, Madonna and many others.

Recently, Steve left the Los Angeles music scene to return to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, where he currently works as the “genius mixmesiter” at Kung Fu Bakery Recording Studios.

Andy Shoemaker

Audio Engineer

An accomplished audio engineer, Andy Shoemaker first started tinkering with sound engineering with a laptop and cheap microphone. After studying audio engineering at Columbia College, he built up his work experience in many different genres of music while working on staff at Rax Trax Recording in Chicago, IL. Today, Andy also serves as studio manager of Rax Trax while still providing stellar audio engineering services to his clients as a staff engineer in the studio.

Jason DeMetri

Music Producer

A musician, producer and engineer, Jason Demetri started his music career with a band called Soak, then went on to produce his own solo recordings when the band ended before settling in to the production side. Since 2003, Jason has owned and operated Music Lane Recording, voted multiple times as the best recording studio in Austin, TX.

Mike Johnson

Founder / Chief Engineer, Clear Track Studios

Starting his music career in his home state in Connecticut, Mike Johnson has established himself as a seasoned multi-instrumentalist with over 15 years of professional audio engineering experience. Founder and chief engineer of Clear Track Studios in Florida, Mike enjoys working with emerging artists as well as established icons, with a personal client list that includes John Legend, Chick Corea and John Blackwell. At Clear Track, Mike also oversees a team of pros who have worked with names like Justin Timberlake, U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty and many others.

Yudu Gray, Jr.

Founder, House Studio

A perfect example of “working your way up” Yudu Gray, Jr. went from being an intern at a Maryland recording studio to designing and founding House Studios, one of the most acclaimed recording studios in the Washington, DC area, and also expanding into film production, artist management and more. In his years working in the industry, Yudu has worked with such icons as Lady Gaga, Talib Kweli, Ginuwine and The Roots.

Jesse O’Brien

Music Producer

An accomplished audio engineer, producer and mixer, Jesse O’Brien has been with Colorado Sound Studios in Westminster, Colorado since 2005, not only establishing himself as an in-demand producer, audio engineer and mixing engineer, but also building a solid reputation for his innovative loop and beat making capabilities in the pop, hip-hop and R&B genres. Jesse also specializes in live recording with Colorado Sound’s mobile studio, frequently working live recording sessions at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre and other live venues. Jesse has worked with a large number of major artists like Natasha Bedingfield, Widespread Panic, Matishyahu, Norah Jones, Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews Band and many others.

Mark Sinko

Music Producer

A true industry veteran, Mark Sinko has been performing and recording music for almost five decades, and in that time he has stayed consistently on the cutting edge of recording and engineering technology. As a guitarist and vocalist, his experience is broad and diverse, having gigged with rock bands, opera companies, Broadway road shows and almost everything in between—however, his personal specialty is jazz and fusion, and he’s in-demand both as a jazz musician and as a live jazz sound engineer. Since 2002, Mark has operated Salmon Peak Studio, one of the most acclaimed recording studios in San Antonio, TX.

Donny Baker

Audio Engineer

Donny Baker’s journey into professional audio started in high school, beginning with live audio gigs, and evolving into a 13-year stint doing live sound engineering for some of the biggest names in the music business. These days, he can be found at ES Audio in Glendale, CA, where he serves as chief engineer and studio manager. Donny is also an avid supporter of the Recording Connection and one of our most in-demand mentors.

Zach Phillips

Audio Engineer

A real industry pro, Zack Phillips started his music career as a club DJ and live sound engineer, and expanded to specialize in recording, editing, producing artist development and more. An innovator in sound production, Zack’s approach to audio is equal parts science and mysticism. Whatever the formula, the industry has taken notice. Over the years, Zack has been able to work with clients that include Jessie Ware, Talib Kweli, BOY, The Game, Shy Girls, The Kooks and many others. Since 2005, Zack has owned and operated FreqLab Recording in San Francisco, CA.

Matt Linesch

Audio Engineer

A producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter, Matt Linesch is the whole package when it comes to industry know-how. During his years in the business, he’s worked with many great musicians, with his most recent credits including mixing/engineering the soundtrack for the acclaimed film “All Is Lost” as well as the last two albums for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Matt is currently a resident engineer at the world-famous Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, a studio that has yielded such iconic songs as The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and The Mamas and Papa’s “California Dreamin'” and whose collective album sales total over 1 Billion units.

Rick Rooney

Founder, Planet Dallas

Like many music industry greats, Rick Rooney started his career as a live sound engineer. In 1970, he founded Associated Sound Productions specifically to provide live sound for touring artists. In the years that followed, he provided live sound for touring artists that included Diana Ross, Alabama, Iggy Pop, Reba, Joe Cocker and many other music icons.
From there, Rick expanded his skills into studio production, working in a number of noted studios across the country before establishing Planet Dallas, a state-of-the-art production facility that offers recording/producing, live sound, publishing and more. Today, Planet Dallas is one of the most acclaimed facilities in Texas, doing projects for major labels and iconic artists as well as up-and-coming bands.