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Team Uvumi's Members

  • marshall
  • olivier
  • lloyd
  • michele
  • justin

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Marshall Stokes - ceoMarshall Stokes - ceo

  • Age: 39
  • Location: Carson City, Nevada, United States of America
  • Label: uvumi is my label.

I started playing guitar in the mid '90s, learning what I could from my friends who were fortunate enough to take weekly lessons, and augmenting that with tabs to my favorite Zeppelin and Tom Petty songs. As I struggled through my teens, playing music was my primary source of artistic release, and I loved every minute of it. I even found that I enjoyed the brutal frustration that many musicians suffer through in the beginning, despite the fact that I nearly gave it up altogether many times during the first two years.

My other passions have always been computers, networks, interwebs, and the blinking lights and colored cables associated with those things. I am a geek.

I first combined these interests in the late '90s, formulating a plan to create a website that would enable amateur musicians to put their recorded music online and share it with the world. It was essentially a self-promotion tool. Unfortunately, I did not yet possess the technical knowledge and experience to bring such an idea to fruition at that time. The project was shelved before it even got halfway through the planning phase.

Years passed, and I found myself running a small web dev and consulting company with my wife and one employee. In late 2007 we teamed up with a couple of long-time friends and decided to take the biggest risk of our lives. We revisited my college-era idea of a website for musicians, and started drawing up a plan. We envisioned a website that prioritized freedom and openness for musicians and artists, and we designed a custom web platform that eliminated the most glaring shortcoming of all major music-related websites: The lack of a seamless music player. Why should you have to stay on one page to hear the music you want to hear? Why do so many sites insist on controlling your experience and limiting what you can do online? Why not provide freedom to music fans, especially considering that the technology is well within reach.

We created Uvumi.com with these concepts in mind. Everyone on the team is an artist of some sort, and we all strongly believe that the future of the music industry involves freedom of expression, freedom of art consumption, and massive self-promotion.

Uvumi is a Swahili word that means rumor, buzz, murmur, or hum. We thought that fit nicely with the DIY theme we are embracing.


Role(s) in the band: ceo

olivier - developerolivier - developer

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  • Age: 37
  • Location: Bruxelles, Belgium

Ok so I'm Olivier and I work on Uvumi as a developer. I'm from France. Like any european, I speak 7 languages fluently. I lived in the US for 3 or 4 years, depends if you count the semesters at the university. I spent most of the time in Humboldt county, California. Then last year I moved to Austin, Texas, from hippies to hipsters. But I only stayed there for 8 months, I moved back to france in november 2009.
Now I work as a freelance fulltime 3d artist, just wanted to try something different. I'm still involved in Uvumi, now it's more "when I have time", but the flow of new members definitely motivates me to find this time.

I'm no musician. I tried to play the bass once but I sucked real bad. I was trying to learn with tabs, not the right way. I still own a nice fender with a custom paint-job. I'm going to hang it above the toilet seat in my new apartment, it will look cool.
I'm better at drawing, painting, sculpting. I almost became a comicbook artist at one point but I went to university instead where I learned computer stuff.


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Role(s) in the band: developer

Lloyd the Fourth - graphic designLloyd the Fourth - graphic design

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  • Age: 40
  • Location: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

I live and work in Portland, OR. I was born and raised in the rugged mountains, desolate plains and lush valleys of Idaho.

I am: a teacher turned designer, a believer in collaboration, an illustrative designer, a designy illustrator, a level thirty Photoshop wizard, the fourth Lloyd in a long line of Lloyds, a lover of album art and rock posters, a skateboarder, a punk, a graffiti artist, a car-free cyclist, a hands-on hand-made enthusiast, a father - husband and still a teacher in many ways.

I have found: that challenging work keeps you relevant - fresh - curious and hard-working, that by letting others into your creative process you become better at communicating your ideas, that the web provides infinite opportunities for collaboration - discovery and spectacle, that there is an abundance of talented people creating amazing work all over the world, and that the people I admire inspire me to work harder.

I want: to go someplace new, to collaborate, to learn some new spells, to work with people who inspire me, to have fun doing what I love, and to create meaningful and impactful visual experiences.

I played a hand in the design and identity of Uvumi. I look forward to seeing this community grow and develop.

Role(s) in the band: graphic design

Michele - strategic analystMichele - strategic analyst

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  • Age: 38
  • Location: Austin, Texas, United States of America
  • Label: listener

Rhythm is healthy, but unfortunately was very deaf.

Role(s) in the band: strategic analyst

Justin Mack - database designerJustin Mack - database designer

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  • Age: 40
  • Location: Boise, Idaho, United States of America

Role(s) in the band: database designer

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