Music and Social Media, a Minute with MoZella

April 22nd, 2010 |

MoZella‘s music career has been a long and winding road. What’s that now? You don’t know who the songstress is? You probably do, actually, as her voice has been featured almost everywhere at this point.

Mozella Mack

MoZella Mack was born in Detroit but after high school wandered west to find stardom in the City of Angels. When things didn’t come easy, she found herself decorating cakes by day and playing in coffee shops at night. Soon enough, she was signed to Maverick Records in 20004. Since then, she’s toured with Dave Mathews Band, Lifehouse, Michelle Branch, and Five for Fighting, among others. More recently, she’s put out her sophomore album “Belle Isle” and is  gaining exposure from her music appearing on shows such as  “One Tree Hill,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “The Hills,” and “Modern Family.”Her songs bring a mix of pop and soul with a voice as smooth as honey with jazzy undertones that would make Annette Hanshaw proud.  Here I talk to MoZella about music and social media.

SR: So, what are you up to these days?

M: I’m in NYC this week writing with different producers (for myself and other people). Doing the same thing in LA when I’m there too. Staying creative and very busy!

“Oh, It’s Magic” was featured in the Droid commercial…how did that happen? Please tell me you at least got some free swag from Motorola.

I wrote the song with Tim Myers for an ad agency in Chicago. They needed a song for a spot they were shooting. They went with a different tune for their commercial and a few months later Droid got a hold of it and licensed it for their campaign. And no – I never got a free cell out of it. I still have an iPhone! Haha!

You always keep your followers updated via Twitter or Facebook. How do you stay so connected with your busy schedule?

I have apps on my phone that allow me to tweet and update Facebook whenever I have a free moment. Technology is pretty amazing! I love my fans. They are the reason I make music. I enjoy the connection I have with them, so I go out of my way to let them know I appreciate them.

What’s your favorite social media site and why?

I don’t think I have a fave. I love Facebook because my grandma can comment on the same post a fan just left on my page.  How cool is that? My mom and my fans share moments. It’s pretty awesome.

Is there anything you would change about it?

I’m not technical nor do I know a thing about how Facebook works. I just wanna know can I block a person but still make sure they see my posts. It’s a perfect thing for an ex bf or co-worker. You don’t wanna hear about their new girlfriend or their annoying dog but you want them to know how fabulous your life is all the time. LOL. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj

Rate My Co-Worker? “Unvarnished” Needs Some Polishing

April 14th, 2010 |

It recently came to my attention that a new site, “Unvarnished,” allows you to rate your boss or coworkers. At first inspection, it was clear that this is a totally unoriginal idea. We have websites like RateMyProfessor and RateMDs that help us in choosing which professor is going to give the least amount of work and which doctor isn’t going to pull a Kevorkian. This new site however seems to be an epic fail for the following reasons:

The Name: Unvarnished? I know people try to be clever and think of cool names like Google or Twitter, but Unvarnished is trying a little too hard. Unvarnished sounds more like a type of wood you can buy at Home Depot than an actual website.

The Concept: The website allows you to have anonymity so you can protect yourself while trashing your co-workers. This is probably the dumbest thing in the world and human resources is going to have a field day with this. And – get this – if your co-worker trashes you, there’s no way for you to remove their review. Just imagine the riffs in an organization that can form from one bad review; you could potentially make that person hate everyone at the office.

The Flaws: So if my co-worker Paul ate MY pudding cup with MY name on it and I went to Unvarnished and trashed him, how anonymous is it? Of course he’s going to know I’m the one that was pissed off about losing that precious pudding cup. Next, if you have a job, there’s a good chance you’re somewhat of an adult which means you don’t have time to come home and trash talk your co-workers on a computer. If you have something to say, surely we can be mature about it and talk in person. That’s why the next time Paul steps to my pudding cup, I will be waiting for him in the parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj

Is Chatroulette a Gamble? You Bet Your Sweet Ass!

March 8th, 2010 |

If you haven’t already read the previous piece by Sunil on the Chatroulette site, let me give you a short breakdown. Chatroulette is a video chat-based “networking” site, consisting of two windows for video. The top window will be a random stranger from anywhere in the world, and the bottom window is you. To the right there is a text window. You can turn your video off, but you won’t be getting any action on this site without it. Sunil and I had different ideas about whether this site gets a thumbs-up…which has a whole different meaning if you spend enough time on Chatroulette.

My review is slightly tainted after finding myself more often than not coming “face to dick” rather than “face to face” with these strangers. Sunil found the site “unorganized”, but I think the better term might be primitive. You can “Next” people, “Report” people, or “Stop” – that’s about it.  To me, this is actually VERY organized. I had to give my dad a tutorial on Facebook, which might be user-friendly to the networking generation, but Chatroulette is an attractive site for people that find all the profiling and posting and gifting and fanning and following…overwhelming. And for people who don’t want a profile for one reason or another, there is another turn-on – no membership required! No email and no password, no way to trace or block anyone who disobeys the site’s BS clause forbidding obscene or pornographic material.

I couldn’t get the site to see my built-in camera. While I was problem solving, I figured I could get some help from this great network of people. But with strangers not being able to see me, I got skipped before I could even type “WAIT, HELP” or “Having technical difficulties.” Jeff Foxworthy’s doppelganger skipped me. He appeared to be networking from a suburban, country home den, the kind where your quiet and “keeps-to-himself” neighbor researches the anatomy of young children in a hidden cellar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rocky Mills