Who Is: Alex Pinto


Let’s start with Thanks! Alex Pinto!

The amazing musician who blessed the Bay Area music scene with his genius for a little over four years. He is in India now, researching Hindustani music as a Fulbright Scholar.

During his time in the Bay Area he taught hundreds of middle school students about what it takes to be a musician, the discipline, the immersed focus. He also co-created the SFOffside Festival alongside star music promoter Laura Maguire. In its 2012 and 2013 editions, the three day event featured mega-talented Bay Area musicians and received much acclaim by the press.

That’s not all, he released an album “Inner State” and married his college sweetheart, the wonderful Camille Schmah. All in four years, and some of it while gliding through a corporate job some can only dream to have. He cooks too!

So you get the idea, this guy makes amazing things look easy. A very INSPIRING man. He managed to get the best from me during every conversation, making me feel that I was capable of more and more. I can only imagine what he will achieve in the next few years.

My biggest hope is that one day I will get another text from Pinto that reads: “legs are in the oven”. I’ll drop whatever I’m doing and head his way. (Chicken legs, that is).


Who Is: Jeff Gist

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Whenever he’s not on Mars schedule or zeroing in on one of his creations, you get to hang out with the Gist.

I met Jeff through another very talented friend, Jessica Nguyen (you should meet her too!), and have been frequently impressed by his kindness and creativity. The man has multiple talents and skills, song-craft (check his Soundcloud feed), drumming (he plays with Magic Fight), singing (here’s evidence), creating animations of 3D manatees (coming soon), and many other talents that may not have been reported yet.

What does he do for a living? Nobody really knows, but the assumption is that if you are under prescribed medication it is very likely that you are consuming one of his biochemical inventions. What we do know is that 9AM for you is 9PM for him and so on. Think about that before you invite him out for breakfast.

Who Is? I want you to meet some of my best friends and inspirations. This is one of them.

Who Is: Alex Christopher Haager

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He’s not afraid to ask for his own surprise birthday party and will be very clear about letting you know if you got him the wrong present. But, spend ten minutes chatting with this guy and you are going to want to keep him as one of your closest friends.

I met him a few months back when he was looking for band mates to join his latest musical creation, Magic Fight. I immediately fell in love with the music, joined, and now feel very lucky to be in for the ride.  Beware though, he is extremely talented (watch this) and will not give up until his melodies become your dearest ear worms. This, along with his fantastic sense of humor, big heart and lively circle of friends make him a great asset both to me and to the Bay Area music scene.

Oh, he enjoys saying he’s from Florida. Chat him up about it.

Who Is? I want you to meet some of my best friends and inspirations. This is one of them.