Feedbomb: “…a little bit of fame is always nice.”

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Band Members:

  • Andy Barton – Lead Vocals,
  • Randi Zuckerberg – Vocals
  • Chris Pan – Guitar
  • Robert Johnson – Keyboard
  • David Ebersman – Bass
  • Sean Chaffin – Drums
Tech Industry Affiliations:
Facebook,
Zuckerberg Media
, [formerly] Quora

SVR: Tell us about your band. How did you get started? How long have you been playing?
Feedbomb: We got together last January to practice for Facebook’s 7th Birthday Party on Feb 4th 2011.
AB: The first band I was ever in was high school. It was a cover band and we tried out for the battle of the bands but didn’t make it. I still blame our drummer…:)
CP: I’ve been playing since high school, although I took a long break after college and got back into playing a couple of years ago.
RZ: I have been performing “covers” ever since I was 8 years old and convinced that I was Ariel the Little Mermaid

SVR: Who are your major influences?

Feedbomb:

AB: Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Bon Jovi, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Black Crowes
CP: Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Slash (Guns ‘N Roses), Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
DE: We have an eclectic set list, so that is hard. Maybe we are notable for being one of the few bands in the world that can claim both Madonna and Foo Fighters as our influences.
RZ: Typically, anything you might hear played at 2am at your favorite bar. Or anyone who has had a recurring show in Vegas.

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

Feedbomb:
AB: For me at least, that ship has sailed. I am seeking to have fun and make some good music.
CP: Just looking for the next gig where the crowd is dancing and singing along!
DE: No fortune, but a little bit of fame is always nice.
RZ: Mostly YouTube superstardom

SVR: What are your day jobs?

Feedbomb: Andy Barton – Recruiter at Quora and previously at Facebook Randi Zuckerberg, Founder at R to Z Media, previously Consumer Marketing at Facebook Chris Pan, Program Manager at Facebook Robert Johnson, Director of Engineering at Facebook David Ebersman, CFO at Facebook Sean Chaffin, User Operations at Facebook

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

Feedbomb:
AB: These days I’m enjoying the ease of exploring new music while I work through online services like Spotify and Pandora. I believe listening to music while I work keeps me more focused and in certain cases, gives me more energy.
CP: I have worked with many bands and musicians such as Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, 30 Seconds to Mars as part of helping them optimize their presence on Facebook Pages and using Subscribe to connect with fans.
RZ: Feedbomb is made up entirely of current Facebook employees and Facebook alumns, so there is a huge work influence there.

SVR: Why is music education important?

Feedbomb:
AB: I think it’s important to give students the access to learn new things, especially things that allow them to be more creative and artistic.
CP: Music is a fun and enjoyable challenge to hone discipline, learning, and creative skills applicable to many areas in life. It’s also a great way for kids to spend free time.
RZ: Music education is the first thing that gets axed when there are budget cuts in a school district and that’s a horrible thing. As a child, I would have been lost without music.

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

Feedbomb:
AB: I remember music classes as far back as 1st grade and them memories are all good ones. I even remember my first music teacher and think she certainly had an impact on getting me a lot more interested in music and enough positive feedback to think I might be decent at it..:)
CP: I watched a senior named Charlie Kim play Metallica’s “One” at my high school’s battle of the bands as a sophomore and I thought it was really cool. I was a beginner then, set a goal of learning “One,” bought some books, practiced a bunch, and formed a band. Here’s me playing at my high school’s battle my senior year: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=662190108551
DE: I always loved listening to music. The emotional connection you can make with a great song was something that intrigued me for as far back as I can remember. So it was an obvious thing for me to want to make music when I was old enough to pick up a guitar.

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