Daniel Pak
Co-Founder

Born and raised on the island of O`ahu, Daniel Pak is the singer, songwriter, and producer of Seattle reggae band Kore Ionz. In 2006, Pak met Thaddeus Turner while producing youth bands at a summer music camp, and in 2010 they co-founded Totem Star to provide opportunities for young people to record and perform music. Pak serves on the Board of Governors for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Grammys and is a member of the Seattle Music Commission.

 

Thaddeus Turner
Co-Founder

With over 20 years of touring experience under his belt, Seattle native Thaddeus Turner is no stranger to the road. Currently music director for the Grammy award-winning Digable Planets, Turner also performs as Thaddillac, combining the lyricism of soul with the power of rock. As lead guitarist of Maktub and having toured with the likes of Dave Matthews, India Arie, and Stone Gossard, Turner has received glowing praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, and The Seattle Times.

 

Paul Laughlin
Director of Development and Operations

For more than 20 years, Paul has DJed hundreds of events in Seattle, the Bay Area, and Southern California. He truly feels that DJing changed his life which has led him to always teach anyone who had the desire to learn the art form. Paul has been working with youth for more than 10 years in many capacities, teaching them how to DJ and make beats, as well as providing mentorship and tutoring.

Paul is a 2017-2019 Emerging Leaders of Color Fellow with Rainier Valley Corps.

 
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Matt Sablan
Assistant Program Coordinator

Matt's story begins in Saipan, then Hawai'i and now Seattle. His artist name is Sabyu and he plays guitar, produces music, and wants to make music for a living. Matt was first introduced to Totem Star after attending The Story with Prometheus Brown. He started to volunteer and intern in Spring 2017.