Surprise Voice at Gnomedex

Dave Dederer, Preseidents of the United States I‘m at Gnomedex, a geek/hacker vageuly freewheelin’ conference in Seattle. There have been a couple highlights. Here’s one.

Dave Dederer, front man of the light-hearted 90s rockers Preseidents of the United States brought his guitar up on the stage for his presentation and gave his perspective as a musician who is paying close attention to the web’s affect on his profession. He said the focus of web developers have gotten to far from the creative and artistic possibilities of the internet.

To make his point he played parts of two Velvet Underground songs. First:

We’re gonna have a real good time together
We’re gonna have a real good time together
We’re gonna have a real good time together
We’re gonna laugh and dance and shout together

And then the story of a junkie going for his fix:

I’m waiting for my man
Twenty-six dollars in my hand
Up to Lexington, 125
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive
I’m waiting for my man

Instead of internet builders being a big fun gathering of inspired people, much of it has become an addiction-like state of never-really-happy chasing-that-high I-can’t-even-remember-why-I-even-do-this. I really appreciated his sentiment.

Another fascinating insight was that iTunes now generates something like 80% of their revenue and has led to a huge life changing revenue increase for the band members. Cool.

Gnomedex_sm.jpgFinally, I had already written these notes before he said “I’ve now explained how you make money in my business who can explain how you make money in your business. After three seconds no one raised their hand, so I took the opportunity to say how we’ve craeted a 9 person profitable company to all 400 attendees. Cool.