Big Data

Big Data

Paranoid electronic music project from the Internet

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON October 30, 2015

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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
Hey everyone, Big Data here. Big Data is a paranoid electronic music project from the Internet, formed out of a general distrust for technology and “the cloud" (despite a growing dependence on them both). The aim is to explore the relationship between man and machine, and how the internet has reshaped the human experience. Ask away!
Matt Takas
Matt Takas@mattsternc · QA Engineer
How do you think our future will go if the public starts to pay more attention to the "Big Data" that all of us provide on a daily basis?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mattsternc It's hard to say exactly, but I think we would be more empowered as a society if we were more aware of what went on behind the scenes.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
What do you distrust must about the cloud?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@alexcartaz there are a lot of things I don't trust about the cloud, but it really comes down to privacy and the protection of personal information. One tiny security flaw / hack results in millions of people's credit info, social security #'s, etc... getting out there.
Taylor Friedman
Taylor Friedman@tuesdaypie
@bigdatabigdata will you continue the pattern of 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 2.0... et cetera? In other words, will 3.0 be the next LP?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@tuesdaypie Yes. My proper releases (albums, EPs, anything with new songs, etc...) are 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, etc... I think of each one as an upgraded operating system. New material equals new and improved Big Data. All of the remixes and bonus material have fall in between, numerically.
Matt Takas
Matt Takas@mattsternc · QA Engineer
Do you think that it's a bad thing that we are using technology as a substitute for face-to-face interactions a lot more now than in the past? How do you see this affecting the future of human relationship?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mattsternc It's not entirely a bad thing, but there are lots of negative aspects to it. I touched on this earlier, but I think people are less likely to want to talk or call someone rather than email or text them. This is definitely on the rise with the youth.
Matt Takas
Matt Takas@mattsternc · QA Engineer
@bigdatabigdata @mattsternc I see the negative aspects too! Do you think it's possible to reverse the trend before our face-to-face social skills erode anymore? Is is possible to get people talking again?!?!
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mattsternc I don't think we need to reverse the trend, exactly. I think we just have to understand the importance of moderation. There are definitely situations where it makes SO much more sense to communicate digitally - usually for efficiency-related reasons... I think in some ways we have to look at face-to-face human interaction the same way we look at health and wellness... IE if we don't exercise those basic-human-interaction muscles, our brains will suffer.
Matt Takas
Matt Takas@mattsternc · QA Engineer
@bigdatabigdata @mattsternc Exactly!! Definitely something for use in moderation and for efficiency! :) It's the times I see ppl out and about but not interacting with each other and instead in their tech that bugs me! Do you think as time wears on and technology becomes more prevalent that real conversation might become a lost art?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mattsternc I certainly hope not, but it's possible.
Jesse Peay
Jesse Peay @thedeathtower19
@bigdatabigdata love your music, just amazing. I believe I have the most important question of the day...where do we stand with the #dangerous shoes? Can you give us some hope we loyal fans will be able to truly headbut our way through life warring them? ^_^
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@thedeathtower19 man, I've been trying for a long time! It's a very very long story, but I the shortest version is I made that video when I was still operating completely on my own, long before I had a record label or mgmt, etc... The kind folks at Steve Madden were able to produce a few pairs of custom shoes for us for the shoot, but there was no way at the time I could afford to mass-produce them. As the song and project gained more momentum, so much time passed since we first made the shoes, that it's been a challenge finding ways to mass-produce them. I will say that a FEW pairs exist, and maybe SOME day I'll do something with 'em :)
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
@bigdatabigdata hi! Thanks for joining us today. What was your inspiration for creating music in this way? Where did this all begin for you?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@ems_hodge Hi Emily! Big Data was really the culmination of a few different things for me - I had been working as a producer and remixer for a long time prior to the project, collaborating with different vocalists. Once I came up with the name "Big Data," that's where the conceptual elements began. I really look at Big Data as my conceptual production project (although the live show has really taken on a life of its own, too!)
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
How do you define the internet reshaping the human experience?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@ems_hodge The internet affects how we interact digitally, both with people we already know and with strangers. But it also affects how we interact with others in the physical world. I think we as a species are avoiding physical encounters and interaction increasingly.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Who are some of your favorite musicians at the moment? What's on your go-to playlist?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@ems_hodge Two of my favorites lately are Jack Garratt and Christine & The Queens
Matt Takas
Matt Takas@mattsternc · QA Engineer
@bigdatabigdata What drove you to create music about these particular subjects? Do you think the public at large is largely oblivious to what goes on around us everyday in our own lives as they relate to technology?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mattsternc I have always been a technophile, but it wasn't until I came up with the band name that I really started to directly address tech in my music. I am continuously inspired by tech because of it's grey-area impacts on us. It improves our lives in myriad ways, but there are many consequences / trade-offs to those improvements. I would like to think the public is at least somewhat aware of them, but I hope to raise that awareness a bit with my music.
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
@bigdatabigdata 👯what's the craziest thing that's ever happened at one of your shows? 😎
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mscccc oh boy. good question! One time at a festival, one of the event's techs fired off cryo-cannons (giant blasts of steam) right next to mine and Lizy's heads as we were singing, and it happened at the quietest part of "Dangerous." It was pretty funny.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Big Data! What technology or emerging platform do you anticipate will have the biggest impact on the music industry?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@rrhoover hard to say. We're definitely in the streaming era right now, and that will keep expanding.
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
@bigdatabigdata Did you cancel your apple music 3 month trial? Did you ever have one to begin with? 😃
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@mscccc I never used it, honestly.
Taylor Friedman
Taylor Friedman@tuesdaypie
@bigdatabigdata Who are some artists you'd like to collaborate with in the future?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@tuesdaypie Oh man. So many. #1 is definitely Prince. Then D'Angelo... but it's a REALLY long list.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
If you could collaborate with any musician or band, who would it be?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@alexcartaz Just answered that above, but it's Prince and D'Angelo... then lots and lots of others
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
Hey @bigdatabigdata! Do you ever thing about the Singularity, and that the as a civilization, humans will become closer and closer to technology, and eventually as hybrid beings?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@nivo0o0 I think about it constantly, and I am a HUGE Kurzweil fan. It has shaped quite a bit of my thinking, and for a few months this year, I had this odd feeling like I was living in the future... That if we can just survive until the biotech revolution, then we can live forever, eradicate disease, and then singularity will hit us like a freight train and everything will be awesome... unless the machines kill us all first ;)
Niv Dror
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
@bigdatabigdata glad to hear you're a Kurzweil fan! And ya the future will be very very interesting -- sooner than we thing. I wrote a pretty popular article on the topic a few months ago, if interested: https://twitter.com/nivo0o0/stat...
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@nivo0o0 Definitely interested! I'll check it out. I've been doing a lot of AI research over the last year - we should trade reading lists some time :)
Erik Torenberg
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
BigData!!! What's the most memorable thing a fan has ever told you?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@eriktorenberg tough question, but one of the most memorable things was hearing from a US war vet who had served in Afghanistan. He had said that my music had really helped him through a lot of the difficult times since returning from war. It was incredibly humbling and touching, and I felt so honored.
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
Hi Big Data! "Dangerous" reached the #1 spot on the Billboard alternative songs chart last year. What was that experience like for you? And how do you recover from such an emotional high like that afterward (e.g. Do you feel pressure to release another hit? Has it changed the way you produce or release music?)
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@melissajoykong It was an incredible feeling, of course. I had never imagined that the song would go that far, so I was just extremely grateful and excited about it. There wasn't much of a recovery, honestly. I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life, professionally and personally, and I always have a sneaking suspicion (unfounded or not) that it could all go away at any moment, so I've really just tried to savor every moment and enjoy the ride. As far as pressure to follow up, I try to just block out the noise. It can be hard sometimes, but the more I think about potential results, prior to writing new music, it can really damage the creative process and take the fun out of it. I've just been actively trying to get back to the things that excite me about recording and writing, and not worry too much.
Melissa Joy Kong
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
Who do you think is the most ridiculously talented but underrated band/artist in the music industry right now?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@melissajoykong Jack Garratt. About a year ago, I said "I'm putting all my money on this guy." He's putting out his debut record very soon, and I think he's going to take over the world.
Alex Carter
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
How do you think we can better protect ourselves from privacy breaches?
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Big Data@bigdatabigdata · Big Data
@alexcartaz It's hard to say. We put a lot of trust in the companies and services that we use. There will always be security risks, and I suppose there just needs to be more accountability on the companies with which we're entrusting our information.