In 2013, we ramped up our efforts to get Indaba members music licensed with the launch of Indaba Sync. As a dedicated platform for showcasing the best songs from Indaba Music, over the past year we’ve made hundreds of placements in film, TV, advertisement, and game projects, for clients such as Microsoft, Maybelline, Stylecore, Sonos, GDW, OnStar, and various film projects, earning over $40,000 for our members.
Sometimes it feels like there is no one listening. You pour your heart into your submission and with great pride you share it with your fans and friends. Yet, despite its awesomeness, it gets lost in the mass shuffle of the interwebs—never to be heard again. Ok, that’s a little dramatic, but it sure feels good to know that someone is appreciating you work. Even better? When it’s Matisyahu who is appreciating your work.
Colton Schweitzer is a student at the University of Washington with a passion for making music. As an Indaba member for over a year now, Colton has submitted to 5 remix contests but it was not until the Matisyahu “Live Like A Warrior” remix contest opportunity that he received the acknowledgement he’d been looking for. Colton writes, “I found out from another participant in the competition that Matisyahu himself had posted about my remix on Facebook. At the time, I was at work and I was having an awful day where everything seemed to be going wrong… I was immediately ecstatic.“
What does it take to be a successful musician these days? Is it mastering your instrument? Playing a show in front of a crowd of hundreds or even thousands? Collaborating with other people who share the same passion and direction? Making millions of dollars off your music?
Depending on your definition of success, it can be all, none, or even a combination of these things. The point is, no matter where you’re at in your musical career, as long as you keep working – keep learning – there is no way the experience could be considered a failure. The journey in itself is the success, and the sooner you recognize that, the better off you’ll be.
The other day I was going through some of the opportunity pages on Indaba. I have an audio engineering background so I naturally gravitate towards the Telefunken contests. When browsing discussions on the Telefunken: “Rivers Rising” Mixing Contest, I suddenly came across an interesting thread! Daniel Yantosca from The Woodlands, Texas proposed a great topic of discussion: “ When is a mix truly done for you?”
Meet JD Violinboy, Indaba’s youngest member at 9-years-old. This little guy has been at the music game since the ripe old age of 4, and doing pretty well if I do say so myself. I know I can’t speak for everyone out there, but at the age of nine I was more concerned with catching all 150 Pokémon, and less concerned with producing full-length tracks complete with loops, multi-instrument layering, and effects. But that’s just me.