Artist of the day: Joel Fenelon and Nick Jagodzinski
Joel Fenelon (left), a University of Tampa music graduate with a University of Wisconsin master’s degree in conducting, should be off in Europe now, baton in hand on tour as a guest maestro of classical music orchestras. Nick Jagodzinski, a University of Central Florida grad, should be in New York City plying his technology skills.
Instead, they're preparing to launch an online music service that they hope will empower musicians, expose music lovers to new talent, shake up online music heavyweights like iTunes, Pandora and Spotify, and make a little money along the way.
The business and music site is called Muzimé (pronounced mew-zi-may), an idea of founder and CEO Fenelon. For starters, he wants to build an online grassroots catalog of Tampa Bay music as the start of a service he sees going global. Jagodzinski, chief operating officer, is the tech guru making Muzimé come to life online.
The two, who met at Tampa Bay Technical High School, are launching the new service right here in Tampa. It’s not just because this is their hometown. Tampa, they explain, has the potential to become a red hot music market with less online competition, at least right now.
“Everyone wants to go where it is already booming,” Fenelon says. “I am more of a trendsetter. Tampa can be such a good music market.”
For more on Fenelon, Jagodzinski and Muzime, click here for Robert Trigaux's story.
Photo: Melissa Lyttle, tbt*