Today marks the kick off for a new biweekly digital music column I’m starting called Sound Bytes. It’s meant to examine the places where music, tech and news from the digital world all intersect. Seattle is far ahead of other metropolis’ around the country in its effort to make sure the and tech/digital and music communities are interacting vibrantly. So it makes sense to have a column here on the Flip that looks at how people are playing in that space.
It definitely feels like I’m starting this column on the right foot. Yesterday at the very well put together and attended IN-NW Conference, I had the joy of catching up with legendary Seattle hip-hop artist Sir Mix-a-Lot and got to pick his brain on a variety of subjects such as the future of digital music, why he thinks SOPA failed and how he personally likes to utilize social media. Given the funny nature of Mix’s personality, he definitely doesn’t hold any punches.
A lot of people don’t give Mix-A-Lot credit for being a gadget and social media buff but he certainly captivated the audience as he sat on a panel yesterday talking about music and social interaction with James Keblas, John Roderick (of the Long Winters) and SSG Music head Nikki Benson. I chatted him up for several minutes before that panel took place which you can in the two videos below, both of which were shot by Kevin Michael Martin. If you aren’t already, be sure to follow Mix-A-Lot on Twitter as he’s always got something hilarious to say.