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Dan Young

Dan Young entered the professional world of music in his mid-twenties playing saxophones with local gospel and jazz artists in the Phoenix, Arizona area.  While working as a sideman with gospel artists he got his first taste for studio session work, and began creating and performing with other gospel and jazz artists, along with routinely performing the National Anthem for the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the early 2000’s Dan recorded and released three albums under his own independent label, Run Young One Productions, and toured with his band, the Dan Young Quartet, and was regularly a featured performer in local festivals.  This experience greatly broadened his connections to musicians and producers, and grew his experience producing, curating and distributing music. 

As the digital revolution began taking shape, the method of music creation and distribution evolved—removing traditional middlemen and creating new mediums for artists’ musical expression.  Seeing this as an opportunity to fill a need, Dan created Sonic Productions with co-founder Daniel Lara, recruiting the most creative musicians and producers. 

Coupled with decades of sales and management experience, Dan conveys the sole mission for Sonic Productions to become the World’s Best Music Production Company.

Danny Lara

Danny Lara is a Musician, Producer, Writer, and Music Educator. Formerly based in Los Angeles, he now lives in Phoenix AZ with his wife and two daughters.
Danny Lara, has been involved in the music scene for over 20 years either as a hired musician, producer and or educator. Danny has produced music for TV shows like Extra, Tyra Banks, Anderson Cooper, local music artists, and corporate video jingles/background music. His formal music education at Azusa Pacific University and music teaching experience also empowers him to help companies materialize their musical ideas into custom crafted songs to meet their needs. Aside from music production, Danny is also currently one of the Music Directors for Christ Church of the Valley (CCV) in Phoenix, AZ.

Nick Spann
Jimi Christiansen

Jimi Christian has been professionally creating music for over 13 years. Born and raised in South Minneapolis Jimi grew up playing drums in church as a multi instrumentalist playing drums, keys, organ, bass guitar and singing. At the age of 17 he began playing drums professionally in the gig scene in Minneapolis, and by the time Jimi was 24 he had been tapped to become a music director for the gospel church, serving as worship leader.  With directing music came along the experience of creating tracks—and this became his hallmark where he could demand a premium for his services.  Jimi is also experienced recording gospel records—he’d call himself a ‘hired gun’ during that time.   Always humble, his audition with Prince remains a strong memory for him, but he doesn’t brag about it; the experience lead him to his true highlight learning how to be a professional musician. Jimi is also currently a Music director for Christ Church of the Valley in, PHX Arizona.

Nick Spann is a Sound Designer and Producer who does contract work for multiple companies and artists nationally and abroad. Wearing multiple hats and having 

done music professionally for 5 years and having over a decade of experience playing drums, Nick knows what it takes to deliver quality work that not only challenges but gives

him insight and perspective to making music that others seem to be missing today. And that is

having identity.  

Nick has diverse background ranging from making sample packs and programming synthesizers for a London based company Loopmasters, remixing songs for artists such as Andy Hunter, Halocene and Miike Snow, performing with Alice Cooper, and actively playing drums for Arizona's largest mega church Christ's Church of the Valley.

Eddie Hernandez

Eddie is a talented producer and bass player who is based out of PHX, Arizona. 

Aside from producing he also plays bass professionally and tours with many well known Spanish Christian artist like: Marcela Gandara, Vasquez  Sounds, and Fraire.

He started his music journey at the young age of 9 years old, playing percussion for his church in Mexicali. By 15 yrs old his talent had  developed so fast that he went on tour with  Warner Bros. Artist, YAHIR. He has been playing professionally ever since and has also developed a keen talent for producing tracks. Eddie currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two kids.. 

Rouvaun Roman

Rouvaun Roman is a talented sound engineer and producer with tracks on The Ellen Show, Extra, TMZ, The Kardashians and many more.  He initially started recording music at 12 years of age.  Since his father worked as a band manager, becoming a DJ was a a rather natural move for Rouvaun—even while in the 8th grade.  He’ll say that his shows started with a few people in the audience but quickly started drawing hundreds—he would then rent sound equipment for him and the rest is history.  It’s tough for him to exactly nail down his influences, but in his 25 years of professional music production he’ll mention Prince and Quincy Jones as folks from whom he’ll pull ideas. 

Besides producing music, Rouvaun also is a live sound engineer for various churches in the Phoenix area.  

Daniel Gutierez

Daniel Gutierrez is a native of San Jose, CA, currently based out of Phoenix, AZ. A church musician at his core, his varied background includes jazz, musical theater, hip-hop, EDM, and Top 40.

Daniel began as a drummer and beatmaker and only out of necessity transitioned to piano and keyboards. Thanks in part to this foundation, his approach as a instrumentalist always is to serve the “big picture,” making him the kind of musician to make everyone around him sound better.

​Daniel is currently the music director at Dream City Church, an Assemblies of God megachurch in Phoenix, AZ with a weekly attendance of 21,000. He stays active in Phoenix's burgeoning music scene and is a part of Loop Community's team of producers.