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4 Questions with Brian Zisk of SF Music Tech

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Most of the industry people who visit our site are probably aware of the SF Music Tech Summit which brings together some of the brightest minds, biggest companies and start ups in the digital music space. The next summit is scheduled for October 9th at the Hotlel Kabuki in San Francisco. Here is a brief Q and A I had with SF Music Tech’s Founder, Brian Zisk.



What inspired you to create the SF Music Tech Summit?

There are so many awesome folks doing so many awesome things around music and technology in the San Francisco Bay Area that it seemed a shame that many of us were only seeing each other once a year in such far flung places as Austin, and Cannes. Plus, by getting everyone together in SF, we are all able to move forward in partnership with one another.

What are some of your most memorable moments from the SF Music Tech Summits?

My favorite is probably Patti Smith (whom we had been trying unsuccessfully to confirm to speak for months) walking up to the registration table and saying, “This is really cool, I probably should’ve agreed to speak.” My favorite moment from each Summit is when we get underway, when I take the mike, and welcome folks with “Ladies, and Gentlemen…”

I noticed that you have Founded or Co-Founded a few tech ventures. Which one are you most proud of and why?

The SF MusicTech Summit, the Future of Music Coalition, and the Green Witch Internet Radio are some of my favorites, largely because they all helped a lot of folks who are changing the world.

What is the best advice that you would give any music start-up?

Just do it.

What are five songs that best describe your life?

Estimated Prophet – Grateful Dead

Playing in a Travelling Band – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

Frank Zappa – Cosmic Debris

Michael Franti – All the Freaky People