Micah Danemayer, 28, was an Oakland promoter dedicated to bringing people together and showcasing new performers, said DJ Nihar Bhatt.
Danemayer worked for an ongoing experimental music series called “Trance Mutations,” under the company name of Obscura Machina. He often projected films on a wall during other artists’ sets, and was doing so the night of the fire.
“He was so passionate for the underground, for people to have a chance,” Bhatt said.
Danemayer was a 2011 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he studied at the Studio for Interrelated Media, a self-directed program encompassing sound, installation, performance, conceptual art, and live event production.
Nita Sturiale, chair of the program, said Danemayer “was like a perpetual wide-eyed child, and always willing to try new things,” and “was goofy and edgy.”
His father, Chris Danemayer, in a statement issued through the college, said his son moved to Oakland a year after he graduated.
“He just exploded there, doing exactly what he wanted to do,” his father said.
The family established a scholarship fund at the college.