The scoop on flavorful approaches to social media
ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
NAME: Adam Levy
TITLE: Music Maker
COMPANY: Lost Wax Records LLC
BIO: Adam Levy is an accomplished guitarist and singer-songwriter. He recorded and toured extensively with Norah Jones, as a member of her Handsome Band (2001–2007), and has worked with Ani DiFranco, Lisa Loeb, Tracy Chapman, Amos Lee, Rosanne Cash, and Sara Watkins. Levy has released several recordings of his own including Town & Country, his latest, and he is the Chair of the Guitar Performance Dept. at Los Angeles College of Music.
Take guitar lessons with Adam via his weekly guitar tips video blog.
Q: We have access to so much news on a daily basis. What kinds of information do you consume at the start of your day?
• AND what medium/s do you use most to access this information?
A: KCRW is my go-to radio station, more for their NPR newsfeed than for their music programming. I also regularly listen to a few podcasts in the morning hours, including Fresh Air, 99% Invisible, and This American Life.
Q: How do you use social media?
A: I use Twitter to announce my gigs and new releases. I also use it to connect with friends and colleagues—just to say hello, or sometimes to comment on issues of the day. I use Instagram as a sort of photo-journal.
Q: How has social media changed your life?
A: I met my sweetheart on match.com. Does that count?
Q: Do you think social media has enhanced or diminished our personal relationships?
A: Diminished, mostly, because we tend to have fewer face-to-face interactions now—and less to talk about when we are together, because everyone already seems to know what everyone else has been up to lately. I love surprises. They are rarer these days.
Q: What organizations, brands or personalities do you follow? What makes them worth following?
A: I don’t follow many brands—as in Coke or Chevy. I follow the Twitter feeds of the podcasts I listen to, for things I may have missed. I follow jazz pianist Ethan Iverson (@ethan_iverson) even though I’m not all that focused on jazz these days, because Ethan’s perspective on jazz is consistently fresh, intriguing, and he digs deep.
Q: What kinds of posts spark your interest?
A: Anything positive. Anything thoughtful. Anything succinct and self-contained—and doesn’t send you elsewhere to read more. Anything that doesn’t feel like advertising.
Q: What is/are your favorite social media platform/s and why?
A: Instagram. Pictures tells stories that words sometimes can’t.
Q: Favorite hashtag or one you’d like to see?
Q: If you could follow any historical figure on social media, who would it be?
A: Thelonious Monk. I don’t think he’d tweet much, but there would be some real doozies when he did!
Q: Cone, cup, or straight from the container?
A: From the container, definitely—though I do occasionally like to build a messy sundae in a bowl.
Q: Favorite flavor?
A: For me, it’s a tie between old-fashioned Pistachio and Jeni’s Brown Butter Almond Brittle.
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