Dave Carroll, creator of United Breaks Guitars, the song and viral YouTube video, is my podcast guest. Dave created a song and video in response to United Airlines declining to compensate him for his guitar breaking whilst in transit. The song and video is Dave's response.
I've always been curious about videos that go viral on the internet, especial now with YouTube, how they are created and the effect they have on the creator, and stars of the videos. We see a minute or two, but often there are weeks and months of thought going into their creation. I don't think most of the famous viral videos were intended to spread exponentially, and they seem to capture a moment in time, which usually can't be replicated.
Having seen Dave's video, coincidently, from a Twitter link from David Weinberger, whose Cluetrain co-authors I've interviewed in the previous podcasts, I looked into Dave Carroll's work, and realised that United Breaks Guitars, is only a very narrow view of his music creations and style, so I've included some other music in the interview.
Dave now performs as a solo artist, but has a back catalogue from his previous band, Sons of Maxwell. It will be very interesting to see what happens when the follow up songs and videos to United Breaks Guitars are released, and which direction Dave's music career goes on this Internet connected world. I'd love to speak to Dave in a few months time, to take a retrospective look at what's happened this week, and a broader look at his music.