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It is often said that to improve at your craft, you need to work with people who are better than you. Sure, it feels good being the top dog in your small town pee wee league, but let’s be honest, to be the best, you need to play with the best. Some of us go to music school to continue our musical progress, some collaborate with more experienced players, while othersenter opportunities on Indaba Music.
Dale Crowley, a life long musician and composer, chose the latter path. An active member of the Indaba Music community, Dale has participated in over 50 opportunities—even winning a handful of them over the years! Despite Dale’s past “wins”, it was his recent “losing” effort in the Pensados Place Mixing Contest that had the most profound impact on him among all his opportunity experiences on Indaba music.
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.