William Vanden Dries - Chair
William was born in San Antonio, Texas and exposed to music early through his family. His paternal grandfather started and led the first jazz band at Wake Forest College. After he graduated, he took the group on the road with a glamorous young female vocalist who was to become his wife, and William's grandmother. She herself came from a family of performers. Her parents were traveling vaudevillians in the 1920s and 1930s. The jazz band disbanded with the onset of the Second World War, but his musical genes passed down to his sons Paul, William's father, and Greg, William's uncle. Greg played in numerous bands as a young man and Paul was an assistant to the Capitol Records recording group, The Magnificent Men, before he chose his career in the Air Force. William's maternal grandfather is also a musician. A lifelong fan of Johnny Cash and other traditional and country singers, he was always there to cheer his fellow soldiers up in WWII with a traditional song on the guitar and harmonica. William received his first LPs from this grandfather.
William moved from San Antonio to Austin at an early age. He couldn't escape the sounds originating from the "Live Music Capital of the World". Austin is one of the few cities left with a vibrant record market and one of his good friends, Liron Brish, is responsible for getting him hooked on the natural tones of vinyl recordings.
During William's years at the University of Texas, he studied and graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree, but his heart was always with music. He entered into the music industry as an event planner and coordinator as a member and eventual vice-president of the University's Music and Entertainment Committee. The committee hosted a wide variety of acts, from internationally famous musical performers such as The Roots and Little Richard to comedians like David Cross and Dave Attell. He was also a DJ at the university radio station, KVRX, for several years, specializing in early rock and roll, soul and blues.
Before he left the University, William began performing and recording in groups himself. He was a full-time member of several bands. He was also a guest member of internationally famous The Black Angels. He gained recording experience in front of and behind the board during this time. He interned as an audio engineer at Ray Benson's Bismeaux Studios in Austin, where he worked on digital and analog projects with many musicians and producers like Willie Nelson, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Asleep at the Wheel.
His most recent project before forming the Audio Preservation Fund was a live music film project titled Carousel Saturday Nights. William produced a series of music videos for Austin musical groups, filmed on Super8 film and recorded to analog audio tape.
From the summer of 2008 until the summer of 2009, he traveled around the United States, Asia Minor, and Eastern Europe, all the while keeping a close eye on the international musical cultures and record markets. He still has a few records on hold in Turkey that he needs to go back for! While traveling, he noticed more than ever the diminishing nature of analog recorded music and discovered his passion for finding endangered collections and archives and putting them into capable and loving hands.
Liron Brish - Vice-Chair / Treasurer
Liron was born in Israel and moved to Austin, Texas when he was five years old. This unique mix of cultures exposed him to many types of music - the smooth stylings of Snoop D - O - double G to Yiddish music his grandparents brought from Eastern Europe. Guided along by the similarities between the polka-infused Tejano of Doug Sahm and the klezmer music of his grandparents, it wasn't long before he realized that all music shared a unique ability to get the body moving, to get the mind thinking, and to bring people together.
Along with his friend William Vanden Dries, Liron began to fully explore the range of musical styles in high school. The convenience and affordability of listening to all types of music through used records began a dedicated passion for collecting sounds on vinyl. When he moved to New York City from Austin, he shipped all 1,000 of his records up to his tiny New York studio apartment, essentially having a thousand roommates with none sharing in the rent.
Liron has also been involved in several bands since high school. He's graced the stage and several garages as a bad lead singer, a bass player, a guitarist, a decent back-up singer when his mic is turned down low, and as an emotional singer-songwriter.
Liron has a Finance and Business Honors degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from New York Universtity. During law school, he also founded 1836 Guitar Cases, a company with regional distribution in Texas and a long-standing relationship with the Austin City Limits Music Festival. He has spent time at the Securities & Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and at a major law-firm. Currently, he works as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., a management consulting firm advising leading companies on issues of strategy, organization, technology, and operations. He has had consulting stints within the magazine industry, several international banks, insurance companies, credit card companies, and credit rating agencies.
Camille Kliewer - Secretary
Camille was born in Houston, TX, home of Archie Bell and the Drells, Jewel Akens and Devendra Banhart. Prior to her arrival, Camille's father worked the music desk at the Dallas Morning News, regularly interviewing acts such as Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper and Van Halen. Growing up, Camille was regaled with funny and harrowing stories from this era of his career and developed a taste for music. Her father amassed quite a collection of promotional discs from his time at the paper. Camille showed her appreciation by opening her father's sealed copy of Dark Side of the Moon. Needless to say, she learned the value of a sealed record that day. Years down the road, Camille began assembling a diverse collection of LPs herself.
Camille graduated from the School of Communications at the The University of Texas at Austin with a public relations degree specializing in non-profit organizations. Through her previous work, Camille gained over 10 combined years of library, bookkeeping, and second-hand market experience.
In 2008 and 2009, she also traveled around the United States, Asia Minor and Eastern Europe with William, absorbing the rich musical cultures of these areas. She looks forward to further exploring international music culture in future travels.