Since 1989, Jesus Contreras has written, arranged, performed, programmed, recorded, mixed, and mastered music in a number of diverse forms and styles including Latin American, experimental, Jazz, International, Classical, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Electronic, and in numerous media such as film, dance, and theater. Jesus has taught guitar, theory, and composition since 1990 in numerous styles ranging from Classical to pop/rock/country/blues from beginning to advanced levels. Jesus studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, William Albright, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers at the University of Michigan, receiving a Masters of Music in Music Composition in 1996. Jesus studied with Daniel Asia at the University of Arizona, receiving a Bachelors of Music in Music Theory and Composition with a minor in Classical guitar performance in 1993. Jesus studied Classical guitar with Thomas Patterson at the University of Arizona on a music scholarship for performance. Jesus also started an independent music label, Mockbrawn Records, with business partner and fellow ensemble member, Eric Baldoni, of the group Cortex Bomb, based in Tucson, Arizona. Jesus also taught composition, recording, and music technology at Sonoma State, where he was the director of the composition program from 2008 to 2012.