An Alt-Classical Artist for the 21st Century
We first featured Zoë Keating as a Free Friday pick in 2010. Last year she received more mentions in MMT than any other artist — largely due to a guest post she wrote for us: “Zoe Keating on Spotify, Apple and Independents (and lettuce).”
In addition to being at the vanguard of alt-classical music, she has become a leading light for the DIY movement and unofficial spokesperson for indie musicians. As the handcrafted artisan music blog at the intersection of art, commerce, and technology, Zoë’s story and music have a special resonance with MMT.
Stage fright steered her away from a career as a classical performer and into a liberal arts education at Sarah Lawrence College. After college, Zoë strengthened her tech skills through the tuition of several dot-com startups while moonlighting as a musician.
Then the dot-com bust provided an opportunity to work at music full-time while doing information architecture on the side. Everything converged around the cello and MacBook Pro. Although limiting at first, through advances in technology she is now “dealing with the repercussions of being able to do almost anything.” And she has dealt with those repercussions quite well — producing music and managing her career with fierce independence and great success.
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You can sample some performances and get more information from her featured artist profile, available from the dropdown list at the top of each page and previewed below.
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zoë keating photo: nadya lev
street signs: steve jobs keynote from the ipad launch