Freelancer Aaron M. Taffe
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Music Producer and Writer Aaron M. Taffe, Design, Media & Architecture

Aaron M. Taffe
Joined Jul 15, 2020

About Aaron M.

Hi, I am a music producer and writer looking to expand my network and view of my career. I have I experience in an array of things, such as Ableton, Adobe Photoshop, website design (Wix) and much more. I'm also looking to learn more. Aside from music, I have over 3 years of administrative experience. I gained experience in all Microsoft Office products, G-Suite products, bookkeeping and more.Expand

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Aaron M.
Aaron M. Taffe
Joined Jul 2020
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