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Shayon

Shayon

Producer | Songwriter | Partner

As a creative innovator and cutting edge entertainment industry visionary, Shayon THEHITMAN is on the pulse of all things music, as a self-taught piano player since age 5 and a Producer/ Solo Artist/ Writer. Shayon is not limited to writing for himself, alone; he’s also a Producer/Writer to many successful and up-and-coming indie artists. Through the years his collaborative credits include Rob Knox (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown), DVLP (Lady GaGa, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Jennifer Lopez), Printz Boards (Black Eyed Peas, CeeLo Green, Fergie), DJ Vice (SKAM Artists, Power 106.1), Eric DLUX (LMFAO), Carlos Jenkins (Hitbangaz), Kristinia DeBarge, and more.

As a Producer Shayon creates a unique blend of cinematic drama and space in all of his songs. As a topliner, he’s able to write vulnerable verses and anthemic choruses. His sound is able to crossover from the ears of the everyday listener to those of the most refined audio engineers.

While working on independent projects and touring, Shayon teaches music to special needs adults at Performing Arts Studio West (PASW), a school that has been featured on ABC and 60 minutes for it’s exceptional talent. Influenced by the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Seal, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, The Beatles, Hans Zimmer, and Danny Elfman.

Shayon’s whole life has been dedicated to feeling music deeply. “I’m young, tenacious and ready to make my mark on the industry as a breakthrough leader. I’m ready to share my knowledge and music with everyone. So here’s to us singing, laughing, crying and dancing together – all at the same time!”

Nicci

Nicci

Songwriter | Vocalist | Partner

Hollywood entertainer, Nicci, was born to parents Jim, a musician (Berklee College of Music) and Carol, a sleep technologist, and raised in a small town on the New Jersey coast along with three younger brothers, Jim Foon, a well known LA based recording engineer, Anthony, and Joseph. Early on, the captivating youngster was recognized as a natural performer and began her singing career at the age of 7 in a local talent show. She continued performing in many theatre/musical theatre projects, from leading roles in “Hair,” to “Songs for a New World,” and “Footloose.” Her theatre experience quickly broadened her interest in acting for film and TV. Her dream was made a reality when she was able to be the host of a syndicated TV show on CNN/CN8 at the age of 15. That was a big year, as she was also able to do her first studio recording as a solo vocalist. Her performances as a soloist at the prestigious NJPAC and PNC Bank Arts Center lead her to the Big Apple.

As a teen, Nicci moved to Manhattan and in a short while was performing locally with the likes of Kathleen Battle at Ashford and Simpson’s “Sugar Bar”. She has been very fortunate as a young performer to be able to share the stage and screen with many admirable artists, including Jay Leno, Michael Bearden, Paul Shaffer, Dan Kneece, Chris Walden, Jesse Dylan, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, Mario Lopez, Gilles Marini “Sex and The City”, The cast of “So You Think You Can Dance”, members of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, Grammy Award winning Edna Wright and the Honey Cone, The Temptations, Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Eden, Louis vanAmstel “Dancing With the Stars”, Lynda Carter, the cast of American Idol, DJ Vice, Eric DLux, DJ Echo (Power 106),Basim (Danish X-Factor), Darla Beaux (Rondor International Music Publishing), Carlos Jenkins (Hitbangaz), Justin Garza, Nels Jensen, Emmett Skyy, and more available upon request.

Nicci is a performing Solo Artist/ Touring and Studio Singer/ Songwriter/ Vocal Producer/ VO Actor/ Actor/ Host/ Recording Studio Owner. Needless to say, the Angeleno wears many hats while avidly pursuing her career and working as a performer. You can catch Nicci as a spokesperson in a nationally airing ADHD awareness campaign “Own It” alongside Adam Levine, which features her as a Singer/ Artist/ Studio Owner. She is the owner, operator and partner in Jenga Productions studio in Los Angeles where she writes, records, and works collaboratively with new students and artists alike. Her debut Indie Pop-Rock EP, is set to be released alongside her music videos and Vevo Channel, vevo.com/artist/nicci , in 2016. She isn’t confined to Los Angeles however, and keeps an open mind about varied projects that have taken her all over the country, which included a stint headlining in spectacular Las Vegas. She has also landed leading roles in the feature films “Lucky Loser” (Sundance). Her most recent TV appearance was on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and the soap “Passions”. She’s appeared in various commercials and continues to work as a well-rounded performer. She has recently been offered several exciting animation opportunities in the world of voice-over and released an iPad app for children where she performs over 40 character voices. Nicci continues to thrive and find interest in every aspect of the arts. To stay up to date on all things
Nicci, check out www.NicciMusic.com.

Jim

Jim

Engineer | Mixer | Partner

Jim Funicelli is an experienced Audio Engineer who started working as an industry professional at 16 years old. Influenced by his father, a Berklee College of Music Guitar Alum, he started in live sound and sound reinforcement, working with local theaters for long standing productions and concerts. Jim knew in order to hone his craft he had to be versatile, which lead to his work with Millennium Radio, cutting Voice Over spots for sponsored commercial ads. Throughout his time there he developed keen technical skills, offering IT services repairing computers and creating networks for small businesses.

Affirming his desire for greater opportunities, Jim relocated to the heart of Los Angeles, where the Music/Entertainment Industry was booming. Jim pursued his passion for all things music by enrolling in the Recording and Engineering Program at Musicians Institute (M.I.). While attending, he received high praise from teachers, many of which were inspiring new people; Darryl Swann (Macy Gray, Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def), Nels Jensen (Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti), and many more. As a result, he made colleagues of his teachers, upon graduating.

Since then, Jim has engineered sessions at a number of legendary studios like The Pie, EastWest, The Complex, Troy Entertainment, and many more. Working in Hollywood, Jim has worn many hats and been able to expand his skillset to working not just in Music, but also Feature/Short Films, Web Series, and TV Commercials.

Some of Jim’s West Coast Clientele include companies like Lionsgate Productions, BeFit Go, LG Electronics, Chrysler and Jeep, KABC Peter Tilden, Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Veterans Crisis Line, Creable Films, Box Jump Entertainment, Troy Entertainment, and Child’s Fund. While continuing to freelance for Film/TV gigs, Jim currently co-owns and operates the JENGA Productions, Los Angeles recording studio, used as a home base for all his music and post endeavors. He works collaboratively with a tight production team developing new artists and creating works for Film/TV placements.

Jeff

Jeff

Producer | Songwriter | Mixer | Partner

Jeff Zacharski is a partner of JENGA Productions and an award winning songwriter and producer. In August of 2015, he built and launched JENGA Productions Nashville, TN, inside historic RCA Studios on Music Row. JENGA Productions Nashville is adjacent to Studio A, occupied by Ben Folds.

As a songwriter, Jeff brings human emotion to life through heartfelt melodies and introspective lyrics that reach out and touch his audience in a deeply personal way. He creates a sound that resonates with the soul and expresses through music what can’t be communicated in words alone. Jeff’s strengths as a writer are the raw depth, and earnestness of his work, that puts him in a class of artist that is uncommon in today’s world of mass commercialization.

Engineering credits include major label artists John Legend, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Austin Renfroe as well as Indie artists and songwriters in LA, Denver, Nashville, and Detroit. Before relocating to Nashville, Jeff was formerly running the legendary “House of Rock,” located in Santa Monica, CA collaboratively with 14 time Grammy Award Winner, the great Jack Joseph Puig.

Mallory

Mallory

Artist | Songwriter

Mallory Trunnell is a veteran songwriter and performer. As a multi-instrumentalist, instructor, and vocal coach, making the transition into being a producer was a natural one. As part of Americana Rock band Crimson Calamity, Mallory is making a splash on the indie scene as an artist.

At Jenga Productions, Mallory is honored to be surrounded by her esteemed peers as a songwriter, producer, and instructor; constantly creating new quality content for other artists. “Jenga is not just a bunch of industry types making a go for it – it is truly like a family and I couldn’t be luckier to be a part of it,” she muses. “I really believe that this team is the future of the music industry.”

Justin

Justin

Manager

Justin Garza was born in San Jose, CA and grew up singing and drumming since the age of 7. Influenced by his Grandma, a singer in Mexico, he joined the school choir and grew an interest in the arts. This eventually translated into his stint as a front-man in various bands as a teen, performing at major venues like Warped Tour. He opened for bands like All American Rejects, Three Doors Down, and Silversun Pickups. Through this experience, he learned to split duties between front-man and manager which contributed to his knowledge of how the business works.

As a writer, Justin was able to write with Stacey Jones (Miley Cyrus), Somerset
at studios like The Lair, Chalice, Amerycan. When asked to help form an indie label, Justin crossed paths with an opportunity to be part of a management team, GrassRoots, that manages the likes of BEP, Fergie, WillIAm, DJ Ammo, MKTO, Harry Fraud. He also continues to work in event production for LMFAO and Nicole Sherzinger.

As a manager, he is a dream adopter. He will adopt his clients’ dreams as his own and fully integrate himself into their personal and professional lives to achieve a manager client experience, all his own.

DJ X-Change

DJ X-Change

Producer | DJ | Mixer | Audio Engineer

Paul Mattis, X-Change, is an electro and progressive house DJ/ Producer residing in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Michigan, X-Change knew at a young age that he was destined to produce. He obtained his masters degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering after attending only 3.5 years. Throughout college, he began his career as a DJ at various parties and got deeper into music production creating up-tempo and bass remixes of popular songs.

When he graduated college, he found himself working a desk job, only to come back to his roots in making music. With a strong background in acoustics and audio engineering, X-Change is known for having an ear for excellent sound.

His music has taken him all over the world and grabbed the attention of major players which include Armen van Buren, DJ Vice, Jay Hardway, Dannic, D Wayne, and more. On his bi-weekly mix show, X-Change Theory Radio, you can get an exclusive listen into X-Change’s world as a producer where he premieres not only his originals but his custom edits, mash-ups, and remixes. X-Change always gives his live sets a far-reaching, unforgettable feel.

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Shayon

Shayon

Producer | Songwriter | Partner

As a creative innovator and cutting edge entertainment industry visionary, Shayon THEHITMAN is on the pulse of all things music, as a self-taught piano player since age 5 and a Producer/ Solo Artist/ Writer. Shayon is not limited to writing for himself, alone; he’s also a Producer/Writer to many successful and up-and-coming indie artists. Through the years his collaborative credits include Rob Knox (Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown), DVLP (Lady GaGa, Eminem, Lil’ Wayne, Jennifer Lopez), Printz Boards (Black Eyed Peas, CeeLo Green, Fergie), DJ Vice (SKAM Artists, Power 106.1), Eric DLUX (LMFAO), Carlos Jenkins (Hitbangaz), Kristinia DeBarge, and more.

As a Producer Shayon creates a unique blend of cinematic drama and space in all of his songs. As a topliner, he’s able to write vulnerable verses and anthemic choruses. His sound is able to crossover from the ears of the everyday listener to those of the most refined audio engineers.

While working on independent projects and touring, Shayon teaches music to special needs adults at Performing Arts Studio West (PASW), a school that has been featured on ABC and 60 minutes for it’s exceptional talent. Influenced by the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Seal, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, The Beatles, Hans Zimmer, and Danny Elfman.

Shayon’s whole life has been dedicated to feeling music deeply. “I’m young, tenacious and ready to make my mark on the industry as a breakthrough leader. I’m ready to share my knowledge and music with everyone. So here’s to us singing, laughing, crying and dancing together – all at the same time!”

Nicci

Nicci

Songwriter | Vocalist | Partner

Hollywood entertainer, Nicci, was born to parents Jim, a musician (Berklee College of Music) and Carol, a sleep technologist, and raised in a small town on the New Jersey coast along with three younger brothers, Jim Foon, a well known LA based recording engineer, Anthony, and Joseph. Early on, the captivating youngster was recognized as a natural performer and began her singing career at the age of 7 in a local talent show. She continued performing in many theatre/musical theatre projects, from leading roles in “Hair,” to “Songs for a New World,” and “Footloose.” Her theatre experience quickly broadened her interest in acting for film and TV. Her dream was made a reality when she was able to be the host of a syndicated TV show on CNN/CN8 at the age of 15. That was a big year, as she was also able to do her first studio recording as a solo vocalist. Her performances as a soloist at the prestigious NJPAC and PNC Bank Arts Center lead her to the Big Apple.

As a teen, Nicci moved to Manhattan and in a short while was performing locally with the likes of Kathleen Battle at Ashford and Simpson’s “Sugar Bar”. She has been very fortunate as a young performer to be able to share the stage and screen with many admirable artists, including Jay Leno, Michael Bearden, Paul Shaffer, Dan Kneece, Chris Walden, Jesse Dylan, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love, Mario Lopez, Gilles Marini “Sex and The City”, The cast of “So You Think You Can Dance”, members of “America’s Best Dance Crew”, Grammy Award winning Edna Wright and the Honey Cone, The Temptations, Debbie Reynolds, Barbara Eden, Louis vanAmstel “Dancing With the Stars”, Lynda Carter, the cast of American Idol, DJ Vice, Eric DLux, DJ Echo (Power 106),Basim (Danish X-Factor), Darla Beaux (Rondor International Music Publishing), Carlos Jenkins (Hitbangaz), Justin Garza, Nels Jensen, Emmett Skyy, and more available upon request.

Nicci is a performing Solo Artist/ Touring and Studio Singer/ Songwriter/ Vocal Producer/ VO Actor/ Actor/ Host/ Recording Studio Owner. Needless to say, the Angeleno wears many hats while avidly pursuing her career and working as a performer. You can catch Nicci as a spokesperson in a nationally airing ADHD awareness campaign “Own It” alongside Adam Levine, which features her as a Singer/ Artist/ Studio Owner. She is the owner, operator and partner in Jenga Productions studio in Los Angeles where she writes, records, and works collaboratively with new students and artists alike. Her debut Indie Pop-Rock EP, is set to be released alongside her music videos and Vevo Channel, vevo.com/artist/nicci , in 2016. She isn’t confined to Los Angeles however, and keeps an open mind about varied projects that have taken her all over the country, which included a stint headlining in spectacular Las Vegas. She has also landed leading roles in the feature films “Lucky Loser” (Sundance). Her most recent TV appearance was on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and the soap “Passions”. She’s appeared in various commercials and continues to work as a well-rounded performer. She has recently been offered several exciting animation opportunities in the world of voice-over and released an iPad app for children where she performs over 40 character voices. Nicci continues to thrive and find interest in every aspect of the arts. To stay up to date on all things
Nicci, check out www.NicciMusic.com.

Jim

Jim

Engineer | Mixer | Partner

Jim Funicelli is an experienced Audio Engineer who started working as an industry professional at 16 years old. Influenced by his father, a Berklee College of Music Guitar Alum, he started in live sound and sound reinforcement, working with local theaters for long standing productions and concerts. Jim knew in order to hone his craft he had to be versatile, which lead to his work with Millennium Radio, cutting Voice Over spots for sponsored commercial ads. Throughout his time there he developed keen technical skills, offering IT services repairing computers and creating networks for small businesses.

Affirming his desire for greater opportunities, Jim relocated to the heart of Los Angeles, where the Music/Entertainment Industry was booming. Jim pursued his passion for all things music by enrolling in the Recording and Engineering Program at Musicians Institute (M.I.). While attending, he received high praise from teachers, many of which were inspiring new people; Darryl Swann (Macy Gray, Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def), Nels Jensen (Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti), and many more. As a result, he made colleagues of his teachers, upon graduating.

Since then, Jim has engineered sessions at a number of legendary studios like The Pie, EastWest, The Complex, Troy Entertainment, and many more. Working in Hollywood, Jim has worn many hats and been able to expand his skillset to working not just in Music, but also Feature/Short Films, Web Series, and TV Commercials.

Some of Jim’s West Coast Clientele include companies like Lionsgate Productions, BeFit Go, LG Electronics, Chrysler and Jeep, KABC Peter Tilden, Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Veterans Crisis Line, Creable Films, Box Jump Entertainment, Troy Entertainment, and Child’s Fund. While continuing to freelance for Film/TV gigs, Jim currently co-owns and operates the JENGA Productions, Los Angeles recording studio, used as a home base for all his music and post endeavors. He works collaboratively with a tight production team developing new artists and creating works for Film/TV placements.

Jeff

Jeff

Producer | Songwriter | Mixer | Partner

Jeff Zacharski is a partner of JENGA Productions and an award winning songwriter and producer. In August of 2015, he built and launched JENGA Productions Nashville, TN, inside historic RCA Studios on Music Row. JENGA Productions Nashville is adjacent to Studio A, occupied by Ben Folds.

As a songwriter, Jeff brings human emotion to life through heartfelt melodies and introspective lyrics that reach out and touch his audience in a deeply personal way. He creates a sound that resonates with the soul and expresses through music what can’t be communicated in words alone. Jeff’s strengths as a writer are the raw depth, and earnestness of his work, that puts him in a class of artist that is uncommon in today’s world of mass commercialization.

Engineering credits include major label artists John Legend, Talib Kweli, Mike Posner, Austin Renfroe as well as Indie artists and songwriters in LA, Denver, Nashville, and Detroit. Before relocating to Nashville, Jeff was formerly running the legendary “House of Rock,” located in Santa Monica, CA collaboratively with 14 time Grammy Award Winner, the great Jack Joseph Puig.

Mallory

Mallory

Artist | Songwriter

Mallory Trunnell is a veteran songwriter and performer. As a multi-instrumentalist, instructor, and vocal coach, making the transition into being a producer was a natural one. As part of Americana Rock band Crimson Calamity, Mallory is making a splash on the indie scene as an artist.

At Jenga Productions, Mallory is honored to be surrounded by her esteemed peers as a songwriter, producer, and instructor; constantly creating new quality content for other artists. “Jenga is not just a bunch of industry types making a go for it – it is truly like a family and I couldn’t be luckier to be a part of it,” she muses. “I really believe that this team is the future of the music industry.”

Justin

Justin

Manager

Justin Garza was born in San Jose, CA and grew up singing and drumming since the age of 7. Influenced by his Grandma, a singer in Mexico, he joined the school choir and grew an interest in the arts. This eventually translated into his stint as a front-man in various bands as a teen, performing at major venues like Warped Tour. He opened for bands like All American Rejects, Three Doors Down, and Silversun Pickups. Through this experience, he learned to split duties between front-man and manager which contributed to his knowledge of how the business works.

As a writer, Justin was able to write with Stacey Jones (Miley Cyrus), Somerset
at studios like The Lair, Chalice, Amerycan. When asked to help form an indie label, Justin crossed paths with an opportunity to be part of a management team, GrassRoots, that manages the likes of BEP, Fergie, WillIAm, DJ Ammo, MKTO, Harry Fraud. He also continues to work in event production for LMFAO and Nicole Sherzinger.

As a manager, he is a dream adopter. He will adopt his clients’ dreams as his own and fully integrate himself into their personal and professional lives to achieve a manager client experience, all his own.

DJ X-Change

DJ X-Change

Producer | DJ | Mixer | Audio Engineer

Paul Mattis, X-Change, is an electro and progressive house DJ/ Producer residing in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Michigan, X-Change knew at a young age that he was destined to produce. He obtained his masters degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering after attending only 3.5 years. Throughout college, he began his career as a DJ at various parties and got deeper into music production creating up-tempo and bass remixes of popular songs.

When he graduated college, he found himself working a desk job, only to come back to his roots in making music. With a strong background in acoustics and audio engineering, X-Change is known for having an ear for excellent sound.

His music has taken him all over the world and grabbed the attention of major players which include Armen van Buren, DJ Vice, Jay Hardway, Dannic, D Wayne, and more. On his bi-weekly mix show, X-Change Theory Radio, you can get an exclusive listen into X-Change’s world as a producer where he premieres not only his originals but his custom edits, mash-ups, and remixes. X-Change always gives his live sets a far-reaching, unforgettable feel.

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