Ep. 85: Smule – Connecting the World Through Music, with CEO Jeff Smith, PhD

Ep. 85: Smule – Connecting the World Through Music, with CEO Jeff Smith, PhD

Three singers in recording studio on Picspree

March 9, 2021

You can make music with others anytime, anyplace, and with anyone (including Ed Sheeran and Disney’s Maui the demigod!) thanks to an app that has a really unique way of bringing the world together thru the medium of music. Smule encourages people to create, not just consume, music – and to create music together. Smule co-founder and CEO Jeff Smith explains how music is the original social network.

Jeff Smith, PhD

Guest

I recently learned about an app that has a really unique way of bringing the world together thru the medium of music. It is an app that encourages people to create, not just consume, music – and to create music together. It has a name that makes me smile – Smule – and I have Smule’s CEO with me here today (through the wonders of technology).  Jeff Smith is a lifelong musician and longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Jeff started Smule in June of 2008 with a vision to bring music back to its roots as a creative, participatory medium. Jeff has multiple degrees from Stanford University in Computer Science and Music, including a PhD in Computer based Music and Acoustics.

Notes

  • Smule taps the technology of the smartphone to help people make music, and make music together.
  • Jeff explains what Smule is.
  • With Smule, you can sing a duet, solo, or join a group performance. You can also play an instrument or record your dog barking!
  • Users can create music with top artists AND Disney characters, including Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, and Maui the demigod (from Disney’s Moana).
  • No experience is needed; users represent the entire spectrum of talent, ability, and experience.
  • The experience is designed to increase accessibility and reduce inhibitions in creating music with others.
  • Smule’s AutoRap app converts words to rap and corrects bad rapping!
  • Jeff tells us the story of how Smule got its name!
  • “Music is the original social network” – Jeff Smith
  • Smule offers funding on a case-by-case basis to support its educational use in schools. For more information, please contact info@smule.com.

Connect/Other Resources

  • https://www.smule.com/
  • Facebook: @Smule
  • Twitter: @Smule
  • Insta: @Smule
  • Smule offers funding on a case-by-case basis to support its educational use in schools. For more information, please contact info@smule.com.

In-Episode Promo

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Coda

Smule unexpectedly became a tool for one man to manage his clinical depression by literally singing his blues away. And science backs up the physiological changes that can come from singing, especially singing with others. Jeff shares other stories where use of the Smule platform enhanced lives in unique ways. Jeff also shares his own impromptu rendition of a Johnny Cash song.

Closing Words

I’d love to hear about your experience with Smule, whether you use it for personal use or in a school or educational setting. You can connect with me on email, social media, or my website. Thank you so much for joining me today. Until next week, may your life be enhanced with music.

4 responses to “Ep. 85: Smule – Connecting the World Through Music, with CEO Jeff Smith, PhD”

  1. Smule is a wonderful platform. I’ve been with Smule for 6 years.
    Its helped a lot of people with illness’s and depression. I’ve met and made lifelong friends with this platform.
    Not to crazy about the non v.i.p. that can just tag on to our songs for a free ride…plus try to troll us.
    Its the best song platform thats out there.

  2. Love Smule, however there are not a lot of protections in place to protect yourself from online stalkers and predators. There is a block feature and users accounts can be frozen if they are deemed inappropriate but the app does not require an e-mail account to create a Non-VIP account so users can just create a new account to continue harassing users.

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