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In this episode:
We talk with musician Zoe Leela
Here are Doug's notes from the interview.
Where are you?
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: http://rec72.net/
34k in first month was a good start!
International Remix contest: http://rec72.net/?p=658
What’s thinking too much about what to do, but got more serious once things starting going well
What drew you to Creative Commons?
Creative Commons unleashes the Internet
GEMA are douche bags ← Doug’s interpretation of Zoe’s comment. :)
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
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
“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 released...at 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
Too much niche, but trying to bring it to the musicians!
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 byte.fm ← 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