Music and Social Media, a Minute with MoZella

April 22nd, 2010 |
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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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Become A Real Guitar Hero…With Groupies

February 8th, 2010 |
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If you’ve always dreamt about rocking out alongside some of your favorite artists, you may have the chance via The Public Record. The Public Record is a music project unlike any other, where YOU can supply the music for some of your favorite artists. The project overall is still relatively new, but drummer Tommy Lee is just finishing up his latest album through the site, and country musician Shooter Jennings has just come on board to start work on his album.

How does it work? According the site, “Simply log in, download those work-in-progress tracks into your digital audio workstation (ProTools, Logic, Garageband, etc.), record all your best ideas, and then upload them to www.ThePublicRecord.com.”

In a nutshell, The Public Record is a crowdsourcing tool. The artists upload their tracks and fans get to manipulate them as they see fit. If the artist likes your version of their work, they may add it to their album. In return, you’ll get a credit in the liner notes for the chosen track.

There is one major advantage to this, should you attract the attention of the artist with your skillz.         You get to tell everyone, “I laid the guitar down on Tommy Lee’s album!” Unfortunately, that’s as good as it gets.

First, The Public Record only features established artists, and the chance you’ll get your big break is limited. Through this site, you really aren’t even making original music. It’s more like you’re doing Tommy Lee’s homework while he’s the one getting to perform onstage, bringing home the fat paycheck, and living the party lifestyle. Secondly, while I understand the website is new, it’s not going to win a Webby in any layout or design category. Quite honestly, the site is hideous looking.  So much so, I’d say “Yo momma so ugly she looks like The Public Record homepage,” if provoked. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sunil Ramsamooj

Web TV: Network(ing) Potential

January 25th, 2010 |
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The World Wide Web. Not such a bad name for the internet. The world at your fingertips. Actually, it’s the perfect definition for what the internet actually is and what it’s capable of when it comes to the science of social networking. But, there’s a snag. Social networking isn’t exactly worldwide, now is it?

It’s all who you know. And who your friends know. And who their friends know. But it’s more than that, too. If who you know is interested in what you are offering them, then it works. If who you know has friends who are interested in what you are offering, even better. If none of them are interested in what you are doing, you might as well call it the Room Wide Web. Or garbage product.

Case in point: I used to be in a well known metal band that currently has over eighty thousand MySpace friends. My personal Facebook page has over one thousand friends. All of this potential for networking is due to the product I was associated with. And let’s not mistake ourselves. Your friend count on any social networking site is really a potential number, not necessarily a concrete network.

Let’s look at my latest project, the web TV show Polyester Dreams. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dallas Coyle