Musicians@Google: Andy Ross
The Musicians@Google program welcomed Andy Ross to Google's New York office to perform songs from his new Secret Dakota Ring record "Cantarell," accompanied by his bandmates (Travis Harrison, Josh Kaufman, Kevin Fish) and our very own Google 4 String Quartet (Lauren Carpenter, Gabe Taubman, Heidi Woo, and Joanne Yun). Googler Eytan Oren interviewed Andy on a variety of topics including the making of Andy's record, OK GO's meteoric rise on YouTube, and current online trends in the music economy. Secret Dakota Ring's video for "The Fade To Black" was also premiered at this event. You can hear the song at www.myspace.com/secretdakotaring. "Andy Ross is a Grammy winning musician and guitarist for OK GO who has performed on the MTV Music Awards, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O'Brian. OK Go's "Here It Goes Again" video, known affectionately as the "treadmill video," won YT's 2006 Most Creative award and was one of the early YT phenomenons with nearly 40,000,000 plays to date. Andy is a graduate from Columbia University with a degree in computer science and still actively programs for various political efforts like opencongress.org. Andy recently met with members of congress to discuss the issue of Internet Neutrality and has actively supported the Barack Obama campaign. This event took place on September 24, 2008.