We envision a world where any individual, regardless of their origin, can pursue their passion and build a career out of it. To realize this vision, we empower individuals and help them become self‑sufficient, creative producers that will benefit their community while leading personally fulfilling lives.
Phi Pham has been a DJ and music producer for 13 years. He has five years of experience working in the social good sector. His music, nightlife industry experience and networking play crucial roles in helping build the Building Beats community. Phi's nonprofit and social entrepreneurial history help lead the organization through its startup phase.
Erica is a DJ/Producer from Queens, NY. Using music as her medium, she aims to share a body of work that is both entertaining and edifying. From playing the drums in high school to now sequencing them in Ableton, she has personally benefitted from music education and aims to share her knowledge with future generations of musicians. A former mathematics teacher with a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, Erica enjoys relating to students through their passion for music. Through Building Beats she has been able to support students through their creative process and further their skills both in music and life.
Madeline is a lawyer and activist born and raised in Texas. She studied sociology and public policy at NYU and received her J.D. from Columbia Law School. Prior to law school Madeline worked at a New York-based education non-profit where she developed and implemented arts-based curriculum. Her dedication to the arts then led her to provide immigration services to international musicians and artists, working with acts like Gotye, Broken Social Scene, and Ana Tijoux. She currently works as a reproductive justice advocate, and believes that access to arts in education is crucial to ensuring social and economic equity.
Mark was born and raised in Colorado, and has spent his adult life in NYC and LA. He holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Mark is a music-lover, and marvels daily at the musical abilities of the Building Beats team of producers and DJ’s, and the ever-expanding capabilities of the students in Building Beats programs. His passion for Building Beats is reinvigorated every time he sees the enthusiasm that Building Beats youth have for our programs and for becoming self-reliant creative producers. Because Mark's artistic passions have been the most crucial part of building his career, he understands the value of teaching creator-driven and collaborative skills.
Aaron is DJ and New York Native from Staten Island, New York. In addition to DJing since he was 11, Aaron also played the viola for three years while attending The Collegiate School. His background in education and non-profit work are what brought him to the Building Beats family. As a DJ, he has performed numerous venues in New York City as well as festival across the country with artists that include but are not limited to Miguel, Robert Glasper, Sango, and XXYYXX. Headed into the New Year, he is most excited about teaching and learning alongside participants as a Building Beats instructor.
With a vision and verve that transcends trends, genres, and musical mediums, Peter Matson is a unique and sought after NYC based musician, producer, DJ, and educator. He was born in Los Angeles, California where he spent the first 8 years of his life, eventually migrating to New York State with a few stops along the way. The great-grandson of Irving Berlin and son of a Hollywood film composer and rock ‘n roll aficionado turned scholar, Peter has roots in American music royalty and grew up no stranger to show business and the idea of eclecticism expressed through music and art. It did however, take years for him to realize that this passive understanding of all things musical would eventually become a serious pursuit, moving in 2008 to finish school at the New School for Jazz here in NYC with a focus in guitar performance.
Born in 1987, Samuel Lee a.k.a. “SammAyOnTheBeat” was raised in Bronx, NY. In the early 2000’s during High School his musical career started with his introduction into the digital music production software; Fruityloops. Inspired by the overall creative process of creating something from nothing, SammAyOnTheBeat worked countless years to perfect his craft. After graduating from High School, SammAyOnTheBeat enrolled into IAR (Institute of Audio Research). During 2008 he furthered his education and added Audio Engineer to his resume and landed several internships at various recording studios (Smash Studios, Daddy’s House). While interning at Daddy’s House he was able to engineer reference sessions with the likes of G. Dep, Dawn Richards, Royce 5’9, & Rob Holladay to name a few. Although put into a great situation SammAyOnTheBeat ventured off to further his production dreams. Fast forwarding to 2015 SammAyOnTheBeat has landed placements on MTV2 shows ‘Off The Bat, Girl Code, and Guy Code’.