I’m happy to share that ErikNeff has joined the Gigmor team as CTO/Head of Product. Erik is taking charge of our ambitious product roadmap to build a SaaS-powered artist booking marketplace that will disrupt the live music industry and create more jobs for musicians.
Erik is equally talented as both a creative and technology professional—a rare combination. Since 2008, he’s worked with LA-based interactive design agencies where he was CTO and oversaw UX Design for clients such as Twitter, Foot Locker, Tom’s Shoes, and VMWare. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors degree in Computer Science. True to Gigmor tradition, he has been a performing artist his whole life (classical piano, guitar, and EDM live sampling).
Here’s his ethos:
“Connect before you direct. Connection is the key. Whether it’s work or life, if you can feel a person’s pain, their needs, their ambitions, their delights, then you can think and act with empathy. That is what makes life worth living, and work worth doing.”
In a short period of time, Erik has already made a huge difference. He’s made important improvements to our subscription plans and the nightly gig alert system among many other projects.
It’s been over a year since we launched our gigs marketplace. I’m proud to say that the response from artists and venues has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve taken giant strides toward our goal of revolutionizing live music booking and bringing more live music to fans everywhere. Gigmor has become the largest and fastest-growing live music marketplace in the US. We’re thrilled to be working with legendary venues like The Mint, Piano’s, Herman’s Hideaway, the Canyon Club and many others. (500 of them to be exact.) We just posted our 1,000th gig and growth is accelerating. I’m super proud of the Gigmor team who have worked tirelessly to make this happen.
Today we’re taking another step in our evolution by launching 3 subscription plans for artists: Basic, Premium & Pro.
What Does This Mean for Artists?
The Basic plan is free and designed for members who want an online profile that they can send to venues, fans or industry pros. Members need to upgrade to one of the two subscription plans in order to apply to gigs listed on the marketplace. Until October 31, we’re offering a one-time discount of 50% off our two annual plans: $50/year for the Premium plan (5 gig applications/month) and $100/year for the Pro plan (unlimited applications). Otherwise the plans are $9.99/month or $19.99/month. Needless to say, one booked gig and the subscription pays for itself.
For over a year we’ve kept Gigmor free so we could prove that we offer a superior solution to the live music industry without any economic barriers. As we grow, it’s important to find a sustainable price strategy for us and our members. Implementing subscriptions will help us grow so that we can deliver more high-quality gigs and add more venue partners and indie artists to the marketplace. It’ll also help us make faster progress on our every-growing product to-do list.
I’m excited to announce that American Idol has partnered with Gigmor to find the next generation of singing superstars for season 2 on ABC!
We are thrilled that one the greatest singing competition in the world has chosen Gigmor as the best way to discover the next generation of talent. Gigmor members will have the chance at a Front of the Line Pass at one of 23 auditions.
We look forward to continuing the partnership to future seasons of American Idol as well as upcoming seasons of America’s Got Talent. Check out the gigs page and look below to find the American Idol audition near you!
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Los Angeles. The name itself screams success. City of Angels. City of angelic singers is more like it. LA is one of the greatest hubs in the world for newfound talent. It’s not a surprise that the city is home to some very historic venues that have hosted some of the best names in music. Let’s take a closet look at one of those venues. It’s been in operation since 1937, known for its low ceilings but high esteem: The Mint LA
History & Ambiance
Not only is this spot frequented by the greats, but it also boasts a marvelous social atmosphere. A tapas-style menu that features Asian, American and Southwestern-inspired cuisine offers a tasty experience. Couple this with the ambiance and they have themselves quite a mood. The red velvet curtains, disco ball, wooden walls and cushy booths take customers back to the decade when The Mint was opened. It’s easy to let oneself be transported back to a time when prohibition ended and people were letting loose to new and exciting sounds. Watch a video of Darren Criss covering Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” there. Let this candid smartphone video convey a sense of what the experience is like.
The venue might house some famous artifacts – Johnny Cash paintings, glass display cases full of souvenirs, and old vinyl on the ceiling – but the place itself radiates a historic feeling. Perhaps the most special thing about the place is its history. Every time an artist sets foot on that stage, they are standing where many before them made history. Performers carry with them the weight of LA’s music history as they perform, and the significance of the venue resonates with each note. The Mint is special because it is quintessentially “LA” – its character stems from its city; it has grown with the city and the city has grown with it. Both have experienced the city’s music scene since the 1930s, and they’ve been through a lot together.
(Above) Band Nice Enough People performing.
Today at The Mint LA
Owner Todd Christiansen feels connected to the venue in his heart and by virtue of his location.
“Established in 1937, The Mint is one of the oldest clubs in LA. We are there for the long term, do not change our character to fit the moment,” Christiansen said. “If you like good music, tasty food and drink, excellence in sound quality in a smaller, intimate setting then The Mint is your place. To our patrons, my hope is that they feel they can leave their troubles behind, come to the club, take in some great song, food and beverage, lose themselves in the moment a bit and leave with a smile on their face.”
Look at their page on Gigmor to get a better sense of their booking schedule, and try to drop by! If not for the music, stop in for a quick bite and a social, musical experience unique to this special LA locale.
There’s nothing like a sweet, charming pop song to brighten your day or at least make it a little bit brighter. Add a little rock to it, and you get a certain energy with that quiet twinge of funk. This combination will addict you and draw you closer. In this genre, and with this style of rock-infused pop songs, artists can come to a happy medium and range – one that transcends the two genres gently while never fully leaving one or the other in the dark. Los Angeles-based band 7 Less embodies this combination discussed before. Their mixes of melodies and are creative yet simple and humane. Listen to them here performing their original song, “Don’t Go,” in their music video.
The group is relatively new – they only formed in the year of 2017. However, they’re already on a roll, producing songs and an EP and receiving acclaim from around the music industry. The band has been previewing their new six-track EP entitled “Two Sides of the Story” all around Los Angeles, and it even caught the attention of a Channel Islands music professor. Craig Bickel said that their song “Let’s Fall in Love” is “a lovely song with enormous potential.” Take a listen!
The three members of 7 Less have some interesting music backgrounds. Lead singer Marc Rasec picked up the guitar at age 11 and taught himself to play from music books his father gave him. From there, his music career blossomed, and he used his struggles in high school to add an emotional level to his songwriting and performing. The band’s drummer, John Htun, is the son of a well known Burmese artist named David Htun Htun. He moved out to Los Angeles in 2003 to immerse himself in the American music industry some more, and ended up meeting Rasec in 2016. The two of them teamed up for a few shows together and ultimately decided that it was a match. Since then, their band received an endorsement from Zion Cymbals for a few of their music videos and a contract for the band’s upcoming projects. Obviously, they are off to a great start as a band. Take a look at their official music video for their original song, “New Zealand.”
7 Less is off to a pretty much ideal and fantastic start in Los Angeles thus far, and they’re on a roll. Be sure to check out their page to see when their next gig is, so you can go and support these guys in concert. If you get the chance to see them live, you’re in for a treat.