Sunday, March 9, 2014

Zoe Leela - 140309 - Music Manumit Podcast

Zoe Leela

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In this episode:

We talk with musician Zoe Leela

Here are Doug's notes from the interview.

Where are you?
Berlin, DE!

Doug is in Baltimore

Tom is in Madison

Tell us about your music and tell us what’s new!
Singer and Song-writer

Releasing on the Internet since end of 2009

Been doing music “forever”

Queendom Come came out in 2009 on rec72:

34k in first month was a good start!

International Remix contest:

What’s thinking too much about what to do, but got more serious once things starting going well

What drew you to Creative Commons?
Just incidental

Creative Commons unleashes the Internet

GEMA are douche bags ← Doug’s interpretation of Zoe’s comment. :)

Mercedes-Benz mixtape

Zoe on three different times

Why was the album so successful?
Media was very interested at the time

free music” in Germany usually means bad music.

Looked for business partners

In German record shops

New at the time to work with conventional distribution and with Creative Commons

Rough Trade?


Photographers and Videographers?
Always saw herself as part of a platform

Tom Pigs is photographer and Videographer

Gorilla marketing still important

Does Tom believe in free culture?
They’ve been working together since the beginning. He’s also a manager

She couldn’t do it by herself!

How did you do the “Come On” video?
Low budget - pure improvisation

Another cinematography

“Bleed” was just released a couple of weeks ago

Germans, call Tom Pigs for photographer and video work!

Have others followed your commercial lead in Germany?
blocSonic release is coming up for Zoe

Here’s a link to the release schedule for the CC 4.0 project Doug is working on with Michael of blocSonic: link

Here’s the interview we did before with him: Link

Prince is a crotchety old man...but still makes good music (according to Tom)

Prince was pissed about music companies back in the day because he couldn’t release as often as he wanted

Some things don’t fit in context, so they aren’t least not yet.

Do you have any physical distribution outside of Germany?
Physical distribution in Germany, but not internationally

Do you tour outside of Germany?
Mostly in Germany, but planning on doing more in the future

How do you perform live?
guitar, bass and drums

Ableton used as well

More noise and power when played live

Public Affairs on March 29th

Public Affairs is Zoe’s event!

There are a couple of bands

Poster Image

Too much niche, but trying to bring it to the musicians!

c3s interview

What’s the culture like in Germany?
She answered it for us!

Who are some people you think we should try to get on the show (aka, who are the important people in Creative Commons music today)?
Tom Pigs...a photographer


Christian from ← Zoe will be on one of the shows coming up!

Is there anything else you would like to say/tell us about?
“These days, the idea of best seller” is interesting. Regulating the market differently could help people produce more media