Who Are We?

The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a music blog, series of Art-Style books,  records and an “in production” short documentary film, that feature the people, players and politics of busking, street and independent music. The blog contains album and artist news, pop culture commentary, videos, photos, and more. Our first Art-Style/Coffee Table book, is a limited edition, hardcover, art-style book, measuring 12″ x 12″, which celebrates the busking culture and street music scene set on the jaw dropping backdrop of New York City. It includes photos, interviews and commentary with 35 of NYC’s prominent street musicians and an actual vinyl record, of 11 tracks of original music. The vinyl was mastered by Grammy and Academy Award winning Reuben Cohen.  It was released in New York City, at the Martin Lawrence Galleries on Thursday, May 16, 2013.


Heather Jacks, Music Journalist/Editor-In-Chief

Headshot for RHHeather Jacks was raised on an Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen. Jacks was the first ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, where she spent 10.5 months in 1982. Once she returned, she received her B.A. from USF and followed that with two years of study at UC Davis.  She has worked in the music industry in various capacities, since the eighties; radio, production, A&R, booking and most recently as a music journalist.  She was recently named a finalist in the Book of the Year Award for her multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple®, which was inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.  Heather can be contacted at: heather@heatherjacks.com


Kamal Moo, Esq. Legal Counsel 

Kamal Moo, Esq.For the past several years, Mr. Moo has represented artists from various genres of music as both personal manager and attorney. In that time he has negotiated several types of entertainment contracts, including recording, music publishing, and producer agreements. Prior to this, Mr. Moo worked in the business affairs department of a boutique venture capital firm based in downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Moo earned his B.S. in Music Industry from the University of Southern California in 2002, his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2005, and was admitted to The State Bar of California in 2006. Mr. Moo was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miami.Mr. Moo has previously worked with Arista Records, BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Group, and law firm Carroll, Guido & Groffman. For any consultation or entertainment needs you may have, connect with Mr. Moo here: http://www.johnson-moo.com/


Gaines Coleman, Executive Producer  

Gaines ColemanWith degrees in Computer Science from Washington University School of Engineering, and Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, Gaines Coleman brings a business and technology perspective to The Noise Beneath the Apple® team. A native Californian, he enjoys seeing media projects come to life.



Joel Grossman, Research Consultant, Book Editor 

Joel Grossman

Joel Grossman played tenor sax and was in the Dixieland band at Madison Junior High School (North Hollywood, CA). His clarinet-playing dad took him to Donte’s, a North Hollywood jazz club, to meet old-time jazz musicians like Art Pepper, Anita O’Day, Med Flory (Supersax) and Conte Candoli. Music took a backseat to track and cross country running at VanNuys High. Sojourns at the University of California campuses in Santa Barbara and then Berkeley led to studying and then working in entomology in Central and Southern California agriculture; plus a stint helping the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office (Tom Bradley era) and MetroFarms with their nascent community gardens. Agriculture’s seasonality allowed for ample travel, and it was natural to use agriculture’s seasonal breaks to go to the Monterey Jazz Festival with running buddy, Gary, to see Eubie Blake play piano at age 100. Or when visiting Darrell’s Toronto (Canada) glass shop, drop by the clubs and get stoned with old-time band leader and alto sax crooner Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson. Growing up in Los Angeles in an era before the City Council outlawed free outdoor rock concerts for safety reasons (too many senior citizens getting beaten over the head with batons by police academy trainees), meant lots of free Rock ‘N’ Roll by the best in the business from Elysian Park to Venice Beach. Then three decades of writing: science, travel, environment, gardens for many publications.


Edward Jenkins, IT Guru, Site Administrator & Overseer of All Things Tech

Edward JenkinsEdward is a Florida-based Web designer/developer living in Jacksonville’s artsy Riverside Historic District.  He is originally from the swampy bayous of Louisiana and studied Liberal Arts at Eastern Oregon University. He lives with two cats, Einstein and Ratty Kat, who bicker and clash constantly. In his free time he enjoys playing music, checking out local bands, biking, writing and reading.

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