Jay Kadis was born in Oakland, California. He has played guitar since high school, initially with Misanthropes, a popular bay area band of the late 1960s, whose highlights included playing the Fillmore Auditorium and opening for Muddy Waters. Jay has written and performed original rock music with several bands, including Urban Renewal and Offbeats. He has built home studios, recorded and produced dozens of albums including many on Dexter Records, which he started to help promote the projects he produced. Jay is interested in all aspects of music and recording technology, working on projects from early music to rock as recording engineer, producer, editor, and musician. He has taught audio recording classes at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University since 1991 and has enjoyed working as CCRMA's audio engineer with some of the best electronic music performers and composers in live concert productions and recording.