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J-FEVER

China rapper

Chinese Hip-Hop pioneer, and one of the most celebrated freestyle rappers in China, J-Fever has won two China Dragon MCC Battle Championships and published several popular albums during his career. Every year he actively participates in major music festivals, collaborates with local & international singers, producers and artists. 

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JUN KUNG

Hong Kong drummer, singer and songwriter

Drummer & Multi-Instrumentalist , Jun Kung is the first Macau-raised musician to be signed to a major label in 1999.

Produced and released 7 critically acclaimed solo albums as a singer/ songwriter. Jun has also written movie soundtracks and won the “BEST ORIGINAL SONG FOR A FILM” two years in a row at 

“Hong Kong Film Awards"". At the same time being a full time session musician and being involved in countless album productions from start to finish.

The last couple of years, Jun’s focus has been a touring drummer, currently on a world tour until end of summer 2018,  as well as producing records.

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MATHEW MORGAN

Marketing Director, Vans Asia Pacific

Mathew Morgan was appointed Marketing Director Vans Asia Pacific in 2016 where he drives marketing strategy and provides leadership to achieve company goals in branding, messaging and positioning. He graduated from Okanagan University College with a degree in Fine Art. Mathew has been living in Asia over 15 years and currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife and son.

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PALOALTO

Korea rapper

Paloalto is a well know rapper, producer and also known as founder of Hi-Lite Records. He has served as the main producer for his artists such as Huckleberry P, Reddy, G2, Sway D. Over the years, the company has grown to become a strong representative hip hop label in South Korea.

Paloalto's 3rd regular album 'Chief Life' won the 'Best Rap/Hip Hop Album' at the Korean Popular Music Awards in 2014. The following year, he appeared as a judge and producer in TV show ‘Show Me the Money Season 4’, which is a popular Korean rap competition televised on Mnet. While on the show, he’s got spotlight from produced mega hits songs. 

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RAY BARBEE

Skateboarding and music legend

In 1989 the legendary Ray Barbee joined the Vans family just as the world was seeing his classic Powell Peralta Ban This part for the first time; skating was never the same after that. The fluidity and style Ray exuded in that part was nothing short of poetry in motion; it is still regarding as a time capsule example of what skating should look like. 

 Ray extended his talent and creativity as a music writer and multi-instrumentalist, while he can play guitar, bass guitar, drums, harp and xylophone. He released his debut EP on Galaxia records in 2003, Triumphant Procession, a collection of jazz-influenced instrumental tracks which Ray produced and engineered at home. In March 2007, Ray Barbee recorded in Japan with the Mattson 2. That recording became Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2, a collaboration melding the guitar/drums of the Mattson 2 with Ray Barbee playing additional guitar.

 Ray is also known for his live performance solo work using looping delay pedals and drum machines. His music has been featured on NPR and has been used in a number of surf videos.

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TIERNEY STOUT

Manager - Global Music Marketing

Tierney Stout joined the VANS family in January of 2018 and is responsible for Global Music Marketing at VANS. Stout has worked in the music industry for 15 years. She came to VANS from Gibson Brands where she was overseeing Entertainment Relations in New York. Prior to Gibson, Stout had worked in various facets of the music industry–––distribution, publicity, and booking the Music Festival at SXSW for four years.

In 2010, Stout created the Brooklyn Rock Lottery–––an annual charity event in Brooklyn that brings together 25 local musicians to create 5 new bands of 5 strangers in one day. They create 3-5 original songs within 12 hours, followed by a live performance that same evening. In 2018, Stout brought the event to Los Angeles, and hosted the first Los Angeles Rock Lottery. The event has been featured in the New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Post, Brooklyn Vegan, NYLON, Stereogum, and Pitchfork.

Stout hails from Texas originally, and attended University of North Texas. She is a NYCFC fan, and owns one very adorable pit bull, Mooney.

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