over the last weeks, I have been fascinated by different aspects of music. Here’s 4 of them:
1. 2 weeks after seeing him give an incredible concert at Rock Werchter (Belgium), I sat a couple of seats next to Neil Young just before he gave his speech at the Fortune Brainstormtech in California. From the future of music, to political engagement and green tech – Neil Young is busy with them, next to recording a new album. Scoble described it well. On his interviewer’s question ‘Where do you get all the energy?’, Neil quoted his lyric stating “It‘s better to burn out than to fade away”. Let’s burn!
2. At the Stanford startup summit, MC Hammer, Chamillionaire and Quincy Jones III gave one of the most inspiring discussions I witnessed in my entire life. Music is more alive and around than ever, but the record label industry is dead and buried. But these artists know what they are doing… Chamillionaire (Grammy award winning hip hop artist), knew more about targeting online audiences, myspace & facebook, twitter, mobile than most of the CEO’s I know… Here’s the video from AlwaysOn.
3. In Irvine (a town between LA & San Diego), I took Charlie B and Femmie to a Rod Stewart concert. A few weeks earlier – I was at a cafe in Brussels, and when everyone was out – the owner unplugged the cd/ipod player and hooked on his computer. We had an evening of live youtube extracts – and I discovered a lot. One of the highlights was a live concert by The (Small) Faces, with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart. When I saw that there was an open air concert in an amphitheatre near LA, I though it was a great idea to take Femke and Charlie B there. I have some noise limiting earphone for Charlie (photo below). Won’t share much more of the concert (let’s keep it at the statement that I wish I had some noise canceling earphones too…). Yep, concert was crap.
4. Last week, we came back to Belgium for some weeks, and going to Pukkelpop is one of the main reasons. The Editors and The Gutter Twins were my favorites, BoysNoize, Girls in Hawai and Elbow the most surprising, and Soulwax/2ManyDJ’s trying to hard again.
Here’s a good video summary.
But the highlight was spending a lot of time with Jan & Jeroen, my festival soulmates. Love you guys.
Music was my first love…