Actor-musician takes time to talk a little tech.
NEW YORK — Steven Van Zandt — Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band member, actor from HBO's The Sopranos and syndicated radio host — is the first to tell you he's not a techie. But he does star in Netflix's first original production, Lilyhammer, returning this week for a second season. He also produces his radio program on an iMac, used Kickstarter to bring the 1960s musical group The Rascals back on the road and never leaves home without his iPad.
Just don't get him started on analog music vs. digital.
"I try to not to listen to music on vinyl," he says, because it spoils you when you try to listen on modern formats. "When you listen to the CD, you want to throw up. The difference is amazing and we're not going back." Still, he says, "there's enough to be angry about. No reason to be nostalgic about something that's not going to change."
And MP3s? "I despise them. It's 25% of what's recorded. Nobody's hearing anything close to 100%."
He doesn't listen to streaming music services such as Pandora. "I don't have time. I'm my own Pandora." But he loves the concept of unlimited music.
"Accessibility is cool, but in general there's a whole lot less revenue getting to the artist, and that concerns me. The revenue streams are quite small."
He watches Netflix at home via his Apple TV set-top box. When he travels, he asks the hotel staff to hook up his iPad to the room TV to watch via the Netflix app.
What's he viewing? "I try to catch up on other Netflix shows, I try to be supportive. I'm really enjoying Orange Is the New Black; House of Cards is a lot of fun." And Ricky Gervais's show (Derek) "is so cool."
USES THE IPHONE FOR…SINGING
"I find that to be a wonderful recording device, one of the best recording devices I've ever used. I used it for most of my score for Lilyhammer. Just singing into a microphone."
Steven Van Zandt talks about how he used Kickstarter to bring the legendary 1960s pop group the Rascals back together on Talking Your Tech.
Van Zandt helped get The Rascals (Good Lovin', Groovin') back together and on tour using the Kickstarter crowd funding site.
"I thought it was a cool way of letting the public vote. Just to let me know you want The Rascals to come back. We asked for $100,000, ($123,000 came in), which was a lot. But now people are asking for that amount regularly." Raising money directly from the public was "an interesting idea, and it worked very well. We may have stumbled onto something."
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