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Coverflow: Rocking and Teching Til Dawn

http://www.facebook.com/Coverflow
https://twitter.com/GoCoverflow

Band Members:

  • Raj Kapoor – vocals
  • Tim Chang – bass
  • Prashant Fuloria – guitar
  • Ethan Beard – guitar
  • Philip Kaplan – drums
  • Kristian Segerstrale
  • Sara Oliver – Guest Vocalist
Tech Industry Affiliations: Mayfield Fund, Fandalism, EA

SVR: Tell us about your band. How did you get started? How long have you been playing?

Coverflow: Coverflow is an experiment to see if two VCs, two Facebook employees, and a serial entrepreneur can work together to find product market fit.

SVR: Who are your major influences?

Coverflow: Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Katy Perry

SVR: What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune in the music business?

Coverflow: As internet guys and VCs, companies like Napster and Imeem have taught us that the terms “music business” and “fortune” are mutually exclusive.

SVR: What are your day jobs?

Coverflow: See “band member info,” above.

SVR: How does your music influence your work or vice versa?

Coverflow: Our work makes rehearsals start very, very late in the evening.

SVR: Why is music education important?

Coverflow: The most assured way to talk to girls in high school is to play either football or guitar.

SVR: What was your own experience learning music as a kid? Who flipped that switch in your brain?

Coverflow: We sucked at football.

Allen Mask Jams to Lengthen a Legacy

www.allenmask.com
https://twitter.com/allenmask

Band Members:

  • Allen Mask – Voice
  • Ruslan Tovbulatov (DJ RUKUS) – DJ
Tech Industry Affiliations: Google

SVR: Tell us about your band. How did you get started? How long have you been playing?

Allen Mask: I have been writing and performing professionally for over 10 years. I’ve studied jazz at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Berklee College of Music. I have worked for a variety of entertainment companies and start-ups including LiveNation and AEG Live and have performed with major artists such as Sean Kingston and Plain White Ts.

SVR: Who are your major influences?

Allen Mask: The Jazz Giants and 70s Philly Soul artists.

SVR: What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune in the music business?

Allen Mask: My desire is to continue to create, release and tour music that people love and identify with. It is my ultimate goal to at some point support myself completely with music.

SVR: What are your day jobs?

Allen Mask: I work at Google. They make sure I have health insurance.

SVR: How does your music influence your work or vice versa?

Allen Mask: Work and music often blend together. If you listen to my recent records you will hear references of my time on Wall Street as well as my time here in Silicon Valley.

SVR: Why is music education important?

Allen Mask: Without music education, artists such as myself would not be here. We musicians owe so much of our progress to those who spent years teaching us how to express ourselves through the language of music.

SVR: What was your own experience learning music as a kid? Who flipped that switch in your brain?

Allen Mask: My grandfather was a jazz pianist. Watching him record and perform over the years inspired me early on to take up music and continue his legacy.