Freekey Zekey of Asylum Records Chats Live and Answer Fan Questions About His Debut Album, â€œBook of Ezekielâ€
Hip hop artist Freekey Zekey, under contract with WMG’s Asylum Records, connected live with his fans on the day of his debut album release, â€œBook of Ezekiel.â€ Thousands of fans from across the globe were be able to interact with Freekey Zekey via three different websites: Ustream.TV, AllHipHop.com and Freekey Zekey’s MySpace. The Ustream.TV live streaming video platform was used for all three websites. Freekey Zekey answered questions and provided information about his new album, music videos and pending tours.
â€œArtists, who typically spend a great deal of time finding new ways to connect with their fans online, can now use Ustream.TV as a new and highly appealing way to really connect with their fan bases â€“ in a live web environment,â€ said Jeff Sharon, Asylum Records. â€œWorking with Ustream.TV is a very efficient way to bring our artists to the world and give fans an exciting opportunity to interact with them.”
“WMGâ€™s Asylum Records understands the power of steaming live video to engage and expand a fan base, and both artists and fans will be energized by how they can connect in a way that was never before possible,â€ said Chris Yeh, CEO of Ustream.TV. â€œThis partnership is a natural fit for Ustream and demonstrates how our platform is helping people create, broadcast, discover and archive entirely new, interactive video experiences.â€
You can learn more about Freekey Zekey and his new album at myspace.com/freekeyzekey
Tonight, presidential candidates John Edwards and Chris Dodd made history by Ustreaming live video Q&A sessions after the Democratic debate on CNN and reached thousands of viewers.
Until now, candidates and politicians have used the Internet to get messages out and raise money. Ustream gives them a way to engage voters in a real conversation.
For most of the history of politics and television, candidates have sought to control the message with spin doctors, attack ads, and sound bites. Ustream lets candidates cut through these layers of obfuscation and engage directly with voters in a way that no recorded video can.
In a real sense, Ustreaming is a throwback to an earlier era, when politics was a live event and politicians would take the train from town to town, trying to appear before as many voters as possible.
We invite all candidates to join John Edwards and Chris Dodd in Ustreaming. It’s the right tool to provide interactivity, participation, and authenticity.
But don’t take it from us–here’s what other bloggers had to say:
Jennifer Jones: “The use of social media will decide the outcome of the election.”
Ustream advisor Shel Israel: “The internet is beginning to restore the democracy part of the elective process.”
Ustream advisor Jeremiah Owyang: “The web is empowering everyone to communicate and for figures in power to reach others, and be more human.”
No one is untouched by the Harry Potter phenomenon, not even Ustream.
The good folks at MuggleNet have put up a Ustream feed of themselves eagerly devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They’ve turned off the audio to avoid inadvertently giving away any spoilers (“My God! I can’t believe that Severus Snape and Mrs. Dursley were having a secret affair!”), but it’s a testament to the magic of Harry Potter that over 1,000 Harry Potter fans are tuning in just to watch other fans silently reading a book.
And naturally, Ustream is proud to be a part of it, just as we’re proud to be a part of whatever you’re passionate about. MuggleNet, we salute you.
Popular Ustreamer Matthew Ebel today performed a “Rainy Day Concert” LIVE on Ustream.TV from Block Island.
Heâ€™s been called a soulful white guy, an acoustic geek-rocker, and the love child of Elton John and Billy Joel. His fans know him as everything from Matthew to Birdman to simply â€œHot Wingsâ€. Whatever you call him, though, Matthew Ebel is more than just a singer-songwriter, heâ€™s a space pirate captain that takes his fans and friends beyond the mundane.
Born in the Pacific Northwest, Matthew Ebel has spent all of his life singing and playing the piano. Starting off with fifteen years of piano lessons, six years of private voice, and over a decade of concert choirs and bands, he began his serious music career at Whitworth College. He earned his B.A. with honors in Music and spent an extra year building up a reputation in the Inland Northwest as an up-and-coming new artist.
In the spring of 2002 Matthew crammed all of his stuff into a tiny UHAUL trailer and dragged it behind his car to Nashville. A little more than a year later he found himself playing the Grand Ole Opry with Mercury Records artist Billy Currington. He also performed with a number of local acts including The Peter Moon Band and Laura Clapp. Heâ€™s also produced custom music and audio for companies like Porter Novelli and crayon.
As a testament to the power of an independent artist, his album Beer & Coffee came into being with little more than a Macintosh computer and some help from Matthewâ€™s devoted friends. Once the album was completed, Matthew turned to emerging new mediums to spread the word – namely podcasting and Second Life. Thanks to the power of the music and the pioneering spirit of podcasters, Matthewâ€™s reputation quickly spread across the globe as one of the biggest names in new media music. (Source Matthew Ebel’s Bio)
You can see the whole LIVE concert on Matthew’s blog HERE >>
View Matthew Ebel’s Ustream Profile HERE >>
Podtech’s Eddie Codel recently stopped by the Ustream.TV offices to meet with Founder John Ham to discuss the latest at Ustream, live video, and the direction of the live streaming industry. Eddie produces a show called Lunch Meet where he visits rising internet companies around Silicon Valley for lunch and conversation.
You can view the entire Lunch Meet interview here >>
Ustreamer Spirit 105.3 FM of Seattle today was honored to have famed Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman on their morning show. Mr. Chapman shared what was going on in his world, played several of his past hits and even introduced a few new songs he was working on.
See the video of Steven Curtis Chapman HERE!
You can check out more detail on Spirit 105.3 HERE >>
Ustream.TV Founder, Brad Hunstable, met this past weekend with a few popular Ustreamers Bluefox and the People Powered Lifecasters Brian and Jeff. “It is always a honor to meet Ustreamers across the country. We pride ourselves on listening to our community and strengthening our relationships with them. Ustream from the beginning was created to help the community connect and experience life. It’s not second life, its real life” says Brad Hunstable.
For more information on Bluefox check out: http://www.ustream.tv/bluefox
For more information on People Powered check out: http://pplpwrd.tv/
Yesterday we were lucky enough to have Guy Kawasaki â€“ veteran entrepreneur, published author, and former Apple Evangelist â€“ in the uStream office! He was the very first interviewee for the highly anticipated launch of Ustreamâ€™s Black Book Series, a viral interview program featuring the most exciting individuals in Silicon Valley.
I got to pick Guyâ€™s brain about the iPhone, entrepreneurship, his upcoming book, and even the new Transformers movie. However, hands down, my favorite part of the interview had to be when Guy took off his Reef sandal and showed me the stash compartment in the sole.
Then, having Guy field questions from the chatroom was truly exhilarating because it took advantage of the interactive aspect of Ustream. The chatroom was buzzing with great questions for Guy. Itâ€™s not everyday that you get to ask Guy Kawasaki a question or have him show you how cool his Reef sandals are.
I look forward to the next Black Book Series interview, which should be coming out in the next few weeks. Be sure to look out for it. I am also looking forward to the â€œBlack Book Seriesâ€ editions that will spring up in the future, aâ€œBlack Book Series: Hollywood Edition,â€ for example, or a â€œBlack Book Series: Music Edition.â€
We at uStream are all excited for the future and look forward to seeing all the amazing content our users will create.
Ly Chheng, Ustream.tv
You’ve probably heard that a former Stickam VP has alleged that Advanced Video Communications, which owns Stickam, also has extensive holdings in online porn, and that AVC employees share offices with Stickam employees, creating a situation that might concern Stickam users. We’re hopeful that Stickam can clear up any misunderstandings in the marketplace and get back to the business at hand.
When we founded Ustream.TV, we set out to create a climate where people of all ages around the globe could come and connect with each other through the power of live video. Johnny and I met at West Point and grew close while serving in the Army. We founded Ustream initially as a way to help connect our friends in the military stationed overseas with their loved ones back home. There are plenty of places out there for people to find the less savory content on the Web.
We want Ustream to stand for something else and truly be Live Interactive Video for Everyone.
Brad Hunstable, Founder Ustream.TV
This weekend you can see the LIVE creation of a new company on Ustream.TV. This is a fascinating idea and Ustream.TV will definitely follow their success. We can’t wait to see the final product! Good luck guys! See more information below:
by Michael Arrington of Techcrunch.com
StartupWeekend is occurring right now in Colorado. The goal – create a startup in one weekend, which will be called vosnap. Everyone who attends is a founder, with equal equity. Ideas for what the company will be have been gathered since June. Last night the group decided which idea to pursue out of fifty submissions.
The winner: a product that facilitates quick decision making among a group. Choices will be sent out to the group via email and text messages, responses are gathered within a window of time.
The weekend will be spent building it, and launch it by midnight Sunday night.
The event is being run by some of the guys from TechStars (a Y Combinator-like incubator), as well as others, but it is not one of the TechStars startups.
Weâ€™ll be updating with more information as the project progresses. Iâ€™m fascinated to see what seventy people are able to put together over one long weekend of hacking