TEAM


PATRICK BROWN

Writer/Producer

As a producer and engineer Brown has worked with the likes of Toro y Moi, K.Flay, Mykki Blanco, The Morning Benders, SISTERS, Darondo, and more. Often catching artists on their way up and helping to propel them forward. Recently he's started releasing original material and collaborations under the moniker Studio_Dad.

Based out of Different Fur, a studio owned by Brown (and one of San Francisco’s most historical and famed recording spaces), Text Me was formed as a writing and production team with a dozen or so talented musicians, producers, and songwriters lending to an eclectic mix of style.

 

BOBBI ROHS

Writer/Artist

Bobbi Rohs is a San Francisco based singer, writer, and producer born and raised in the Bay Area. After teaching herself how to play guitar at a young age, the artist begin to write songs for family events and church services. Once in high school she began learning different music software and debuted on the scene in 2015 with her first pubic release “That’s Bae”.  

This single gained the artist quite the buzz and was featured on Tricycle Records 2016 new artist compilation. Since then Bobbi Rohs has release several songs and has positioned herself as more than just an aspiring singer by joining San Francisco based recording studio 'Different Fur' as a writer and session artist.  

The singer is said to be inspired by a wide range of music from Missy Elliot to Cursive, which contributes to her distinctive sound and vocal range. Friends commonly describe Rohs's music as "Punk R&B, experimental electronica, jazzy, and folk trap". She has recently released her first full length album titled "HideAway" and is working on a second project with various producers in San Francisco where she currently lives. 

 

BOBBY RENZ

Writer/Artist

Bobby Renz is a producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from San Francisco, CA. Growing up a self taught musician, attempting to make music on anything that makes noise, Bobby recently made the move into professional studio work at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco and now produces, writes and engineers with the team. Currently he is the leader of SF based band White Knuckles, plays live in multiple other projects and is also continuously working on various productions out of Different Fur.

After getting a toy drum kit at the age of 3 and mimicking his favorite live Phil Collins VHS, he did a quick tour through the elementary school band on trombone and cello and then found the electric guitar and found his sound. By the age of 13 he got his first 4 track recorder and started recording himself but quickly joined bands that were using more up to date computer software. Bobby did his first full length record with The Buttercream Gang at the original Panda Studios in East Oakland at the age of 17 and has been in love with the recording process ever since. Continually collecting instruments over his youth, Bobby’s college house had guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins, drums, lots of percussion, saxophones, a clarinet and multiple keyboards; all of which were used for new inspiration and writing. He is constantly looking to create and find new sounds, textures and song structures in the studio.

 
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SHANNON HARNEY

Writer/Singer

A mountain kid living in San Francisco, Shannon Harney blends forest folk and indie pop for a sound described as "a three-way mix of Fiona Apple, Joanna Newsom, and a sudden summoning of strength from a wounded bird." After touring the west coast with SF darlings Be Calm Honcho for the past three years, Shannon is stepping out on her lonesome to hone her lyrical dark magic. Her songs range from aggressive to docile and prove she's just as ready to strike as she is to recoil. 

 
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TIM VICKERS

Writer

Born on an Island off the east coast of Canada, Tim Vickers AKA Grandbankss moved to the states at a fairly young age and began studying music and double bass. After spending 10 years producing/music directing bands in the San Francisco Bay Area Pat Brown took him under the wing of different fur and gave him a place and resources to write and produce at a professional level. A long time electronic music fan, Tim's influences run from Bjork, Arca and Mount Eerie, to Clams Casino, the RZA, and Shabazz palaces.

 

LIEN DO

Writer

Originally from Sacramento, CA, or Iceland where she likes to convince people, Lien grew up on punk, and jazz, which pushed her to pursue a B.A. in Music at UCDavis. There she took the classical route in ethnomusicology/percussion performance. During that time she became deeply ingrained in the college freeform radio station KDVS 90.3fm which exposed her to a lot experimental music. Over the years she has played in Cat Problems, World Problems, and Backward Beast as a drummer. She now plays drums and sings in Kat Morgan. She currently is writing in the groups Genuis, Fragile Friends, Leviathe & Jevin, and her upcoming solo project, ETHAL. Aside from that she is also composing the score for "The Foundation presents: X" feature length film and working on/recording music for Heather D'angelo (from Au Revoir Simone) and Jordan Blackmon.

She now works as an engineer, designer, and community organizing at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco. She produces and writes for Text Me Records and is 1/3 of LMSFN music organization both based in San Francisco. She also works with Matthew Pereira under the name LIEMA for their film audio company.

 
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JORDAN BLACKMON

Writer

For a while, I worked as a PR consultant to emerging musicians and bands in Nashville. I wanted to transition into the nonprofit sector and be involved in the sustainable movement. Project Sprout is my first venture into the field, and I couldn’t be happier. I still have a strong commitment to the music industry and sometimes combine both skill sets by planning and hosting fundraising shows at our larger gardens.

 
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WILLIAM ROBERT

Writer/Singer

The soulful sound of William Robert is designed to lift listeners out of the gray. A former NFL football player for the Detroit Lions and the UT Longhorns - turned pop R&B lyricist and vocalist - Robert will release a string of singles starting with Texas on April 28th 2017. He credits the raw emotion and vulnerability expressed in his music to influences like the Notorious B.IG., Sarah McLachlan, and Coldplay. These tracks embody what it means to start a new family while pursuing the most difficult thing one can do: expressing yourself honestly through art. 

The singles to be released include a feature by go-to Bay Area backing band The Park as well as vocalist Nona Brown, who has worked alongside artists such as The Fray and Lenny Williams, and  Claire George of HEARTWATCH. Texas will be one of the first releases under new label Text Me Records. 

 
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WAYNE MILLS

Writer/Singer

Windmills is Los Angeles based Singer, Songwriter, and Producer Wayne Mills.

“Classic Tascam Portastudio Bedroom Folk” – themodernfolk.net

Established in 2007, Windmills has released multiple Eps such as ‘The Fire’ and ‘We Move Air’ both released to cassette, in addition to his April 2016 release of ‘UNVRSL’, and upcoming 2017 LP ‘Call Me Crazy’.

"I think one of the reason why I love lo-fi music is its spirit. Without the presence of over editing and compression, the soul of the song still remains intact. I stumbled upon Windmills the other night and felt an immediate closeness to the songs." – No Experience Necessary Blog

Mills also plays Electric Guitar for the San Francisco based Indie Rock group Owl Paws.

 
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TAVAHN GHAZI

Writer

Went to Los Angeles Music Academy with a focus in composition and guitar playing at first, and then transitioned into bass and drums. Won auditing rights and scholarships to CalArts and Musicians Institute where necessary information was also gathered. Grew up in a persian household which manifested a serious a love for world music and, somehow, soul/funk and R&B. Eventually becoming a self taught digital producer and keyboard player as well, with the hopes of finding a path to consummate expression and honesty through the art of music. I have done session playing with multiple instruments and myriad genres as well as composition and arrangement. Works with Cocorosie mostly and a house musician and producer with Different Fur Studios in San Francisco since 2014. Worked as a musician and musical advisor with Oddfuture, Cass Mccombs, Cat Power, Brian Lebarton, Patrick Brown, adventuresOf, Past Life Billionaires, Daniel Lynas, and others. Based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Text Me Records, forever and a day.

 

WILL BUTLER

Writer/artist

A writer, producer and recording artist with a knack for reinvention, you never quite know where Will Butler will pop up. Currently churning out infectious, gritty pop hooks under the name Social Work, Butler also collaborates with many artists on the Text Me Records label. Legally blind since his teens, Butler crafts his productions with a clever mix of adaptive techniques, to the point where some people forget he can hardly see. Follow Social Work on SoundCloud and read Butler's writings in VICE, The New York Times and more.