4 years ago, I set off on a journey and launched Gigable with a few close colleagues. As a consumer service, I knew this was going to be a huge mountain to climb with some rough terrain. I wasn’t wrong.
Since 2014, we’ve produced dozens of shows in 6 states, launched a streaming app and turned on many people to new music. And we’re just getting started.
We’re planning v2.5 for the app, which will feature many more shows and artists and provide a very robust listening experience. We’re also very excited to be working with Amazon Web Services to launch a touring analytics feature that will help artists, promoters and venues optimize their touring plans.
Stay tuned for more! You can also get on my list to get early access to new music and VIP things (opt-in on the left).
At Gigable, we’ve been riffing on the idea of improving the app to get hyper-focused on shows. Making it more social, building anticipation and buzz for the people planning to attend. The problem we are ultimately solving with Gigable is connecting more music fans with emerging artists.
When it comes to smaller, “local” shows, we’ve learned that people mostly decide to go for these reasons: 1) support the artists, 2) a night out, 3) joining the party. It’s a different purpose than the big concert – different from the reasons people spend $100 on a ticket and drive an hour to the big arena.
Would love to hear your thoughts!
The amazing people at Vertical Trail have partnered up with Gigable to innovate a big data solution on Amazon Web Services.
Check out this article!
Starting in March 2018, Gigable will be producing a series of shows at River Street Tavern in East Dundee, IL.
Americana Nights is a series of live shows featuring the best and brightest up and coming talent in these genres – Roots/Americana/Alt-Country/Folk. The shows will be on Sundays or Wednesdays with an occasional Friday or Saturday depending on the artist.
River Street Tavern is fantastic American-style restaurant/bar. The performance room can seat 80 comfortably with a max capacity of 100. They have a roomy elevated stage that will host dozens of artists over the coming months.
Reserved seats for the shows will start at $7.
For tickets and playlists, download the free Gigable app: http://bit.ly/2tWMVjf
$25 VIP Passes Available ($50 Value)
Friends, I’m very excited to announce that my company has launched a mobile app that will help you easily discover great songs and bands!
There’s more music being created now than any other time in history and who has the time to search through Spotify? The Gigable Music app will bring the cream of the crop to the surface. Pick a playlist, press play. If the song hits you, there’s a ticket button to go see the band live. The “local playlist” uses gps to determine where you are and automagically builds a playlist based on bands touring near you. Simple and potent. No fluff and no ads! It’s like radio 2.0.
The launch was set for July 1 and we hit the target! The app itself has been months in the making. The concept is something I’ve been experimenting with for years.
There’s several very cool shows we are producing this summer to introduce some of the music we are finding. You can see the schedule on Gigable.net (or in the app after 7/1!)
Anyone who loads the app gets $20 toward a concert, so give it a spin!
Spotify is great for exposure to a worldwide audience. It’s not great as an income source or true fan building.
Release singles to the digital world, then drive new listeners back to a self-branded website to find out who they(fans) are.
We had an amazing night hosting our first show in the Americana series. All three bands knocked it out of the park and the crowd showed lots of love.
The production staff at Woodstock Opera House are top notch and we look forward to working with them on many more shows.
Here’s some behind the scenes footage of sound check and the view from backstage:
Save the date. This is sure to be a night to remember.
As I sit down to write this and look through the last set of updates that I wrote.. wow! So much has happened.
- Secured initial round of seed funding
- Signed on several artists to manage regional tours
- Brought on a new partner and advisory team
- 50% though development of a new mobile app that I’m insanely excited about
- Considering the hiring plan for Marketing & Tour Ops
In addition to all this, we are planning a house concert series starting in January 2016. So far, every house concert we have been involved in has been an amazing experience. There’s a different vibe when you get a singer-songwriter in the cozy room telling stories about their songs. There’s a deeper connection with the listener and it has a lasting effect that is different from a regular concert.
The team is very excited to help people “produce” their own house concerts and make it easy.
We are also excited to be working with Fontaine, Kevin Presbrey, Alex Dezen, Hurley Mower, Tyler Barham and potentially Randy Montana! We’ll be planning shows in the Midwest for these artists and featuring their music on the app. Also, we’re planning on doing some interviews and studio sessions for our upcoming podcast series.
Who’s gonna do all this work!? Stay tuned.
It’s been 18 months since the official launch of Gigable. What started out as a simple crowdfunding concept has evolved into musical brand that people are recognizing.
The best part about it personally, is how much fun we’re having. So many of these projects can get heavy and grueling (especially when there’s very little progress), but this project is very inspiring each and every day.
Last Saturday, we had our 5th official sell-out show. The feedback so far is amazing. People really love going to a comfortable setting to discover new music that moves them – which most don’t expect. They also like to meet the artists and get a chance to talk about their own stories.
We’ve added Gigable Radio as a new feature on the site. I’m really excited about this, since it allows us to easily add songs we’re discovering and share with the Gigable audience. We want to put the music first and introduce great music in a way that’s fun and local.
Very soon, we will be adding a download store so that anyone can buy exclusive tracks from the artists who have played Gigable shows. All of this should culminate to a curated experience so that music fans will “tune in” to Gigable to find great music and emerging artists.
We’re also about to kick-off Gigable 2.0! This is the first major project to improve the platform and streamline some features.
We’re going to add promoter tools for easier management of email lists. Also, we’re integrating with Facebook so fans can easily login and engage with Gigable shows and artists and share with their friends.
This is all needed, however the big deal in my mind will be the mobile app! The mobile app should really promote more widespread use of the platform with fans. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but let’s just say this should bring everything to a new level.
Feel free to ask questions about Gigable or about the emerging artists that we’re discovering!