10beats is the digital version of posting band tryout flyers around town only the world is your local neighborhood
Musicians often like to play together. But what happens when your friends aren’t interested, or if they have no clue how to play an instrument, or if they simply don’t have the time? Instead of wasting time searching for a bass guitarist, drummer or even a violinist, 10beats – a new Israeli startup, would like to help get you all together by connecting various musicians from all over the world, and even allow you all to make money for your trouble.
Music sponsored technology
Imagine the following situation: For once you found the time to sit down and compose a whole song. In your mind it all sounds great; the violins, the harp and even a trumpet maybe, but much to your dismay you don’t know any harpists or trumpeteers.
Its the above type situation that inspired the idea behind 10beats, a new social network for musicians to help them bring that perfect song to fruition. No more prowling the neighborhood hanging up flyers in search of local, second rate talent. All the tools you need to find your perfect band are right there and you never have to get up from your computer
10beats allows each artist to create a page filled with general information about the instrument which the specialize in, allowing for the addition of video demos so that potential members can sample your talent before signing on. Alongside instruments, the site also features users who can edit and polish songs to put the final last touches on a masterpiece, giving the work a professional finish that separates it from a really good amateur peice.
Alternatively, people searching to become a part of a band who can play an instrument or sing or edit – can also create a profile page with a full demo real and expected percentage or payment terms.
Regarding facilitation features, after a user has chosen their band members they can comminicate, make payments and exchange files, similar to the way Fiverr works only here the focus is on music.
It’s important to point out that the site is still very much in beta having launched only a few weeks ago so bugs are to be expected.
A combination of music and tech
Behind 10beats is Omri Levy, an independent musician and a techie who has always looked for ways to combine the two loves of his life. A decade ago he established and managed Israel’s first net label “Basmnt” when in the midst of recording his second album he got stuck looking for a musician who could help him with the mixing.
Levy eventually found an American guy who agreed to help and for weeks they shared files using FTP servers to pass things along. A few years ago, when Levi started working on a new album it became necessary to consult with another foreigner and it was then that levy got the idea to offer a service for musicians that will enable them to contact a service provider from anywhere in the world to help them fill in the blanks of their music creation process.
While the site has competition in the market, with Fiverr itself being included among them, sporting a new dedicated section for musicians – Levy is not deterred believing that musicians and other music service providers need a place to call all their own without sharing it with other services.
Presently, 10beats lists several hundred subscribers and they continue to get new registered users from online advertising and word of mouth. Regarding a business model, at this point 10beats takes a $10 flat fee regardless of the size of a deal. Levi explains that his primary goal at this point is to offer a platform for artists first, and if he does a good job of that, the money will follow.