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.“
#2 The Indaba Music staff invited musicians into the workplace through their new video series, Live at the Loft. In the very space we launch opportunities, manage the message boards, and reply to your emails, we’ve been creating intimate live performance videos with some of our favorite new artists.
#3 With Indaba’s new mastering service partnership, your track will be sent to engineers at the world-famous RAK Studios in London who have mastered artists like Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Nine Inch Nails, Jimmy Eat World, Morrissey, and Bob Marley.
#4 In honor of the 10 year re-release of Songs in A Minor, Indaba members remixed three of the greatest songs from the album, “Fallin”, “Rock Wit U”, and “Butterflyz”. From submissions in all three contests, Alicia picked Render The Galaxy’s remix of “Butterflyz” as her favorite. Listen below.
#5Drivepilot won the Grand Prize title (and loads of cool prizes) in our Identity Festival Contest. Check out the video above and photos below to see him perform LIVE at the 2011 Identity Festival tour.
#6 Last year, Daft Punk released their score to the movie TRON: Legacy. They then gave Indaba members the opportunity to remix the electrifying score.This truly was an incredible opportunity! We would like to take this time to congratulate the Grand Prize winner, Freakquincy!
#7 We threw the biggest guitar contest Indaba has ever seen!!! Thank you to Staind and the Grand Prize Winner, Kevin Curry.
#8 2011 was the year of the nerf gun and now everyone in our office has one. Remember, no guns before 6pm.
#9 Ben Thompson (aka Neon Feather) won more contests than any other Indaba Member this year and he’s only been a member since April. Congratulations on the very successful year! We honestly can’t wait to see what you do next.
#10 From a world-class air race pilot to NBA and MLB superstars, our community transformed these athletes’ sounds in our Lloyd Banks Red Bull contest! Thanks to everyone who entered and remember what Mantis said, “using unauthorized samples in any situation is illegal and will not be accepted.” Let’s have a sample free 2012!!
We at Indaba were thrilled to host the Freelance Whales “Hannah” remix opportunity. The prize was $500 cash and 2 VIP tickets to Coachella. In the end, these highly prized tickets went to Indaba member Radical Academy. The three- day festival is nestled in the Coachella Valley in Indio, California and hosts the heaviest hitters in music in a beautiful setting. To those so fortunate to attend this year’s festival, and to Radical Academy, here is your Indaba Coachella ‘11 Guide. Continue reading →
Remix the royalty of dance music, Daft Punk, off their recent soundtrack TRON: Legacy. After several years of crafting the score with the London Symphony at their beck and call, the robotic duo Daft Punk has crafted a masterpiece. Now, it’s your turn to make their masterpiece your masterpiece.
Freelance Whales was one of the fastest rising bands of 2010, and have propelled themselves into 2011 with serious momentum. A “winding spiral-case” of unique sounds, Freelance Whales stands out from the crowd.
Now, the band wants you to remix their new single “Hannah”. With an amazingly catchy melody, sweet eclectic sounds, and warm harmonies, there is a lot to contemplate while formulating this remix.
Get creative — be bold — take their sound in a whole new direction. If the members of Freelance Whales like your mix, you could be sitting VIP at their Coachella show with $500 in your pocket.