Press Coverage

"[Vampr] grew from about 20,000 users at the end of Year 1, to over 200,000 at the end of Year 2 and now with over half a million users."
June 05, 2020
"Platforms like TikTok and Instagram have given creatives a completely new way to share and create content; however, there still lacks an official infrastructure to help creatives professionally network. Vampr fixes that problem with its professional networking platform designed specifically for creatives and musicians. Unlike its competitors, Vampr is a mobile-first platform that gamifies networking in order to make it fun and appealing."
June 03, 2020
"Vampr [is] a location based social and professional mobile platform that facilitates music discovery, networking and communication between musicians."
May 29, 2020
"Vampr, meanwhile, helps musicians discover new collaborators."
May 27, 2020
"I did my research on the Internet and even subscribed to Facebook groups, but I didn't find what I was looking for, until I discovered Vampr... [that's where] I met the LiTAFiRE duo. At my request, they created a new song in the style of Tove Lo / The Chainsmokers."
May 25, 2020
"Music collaboration network Vampr has added free sync representation to its award-winning app. "
May 19, 2020
"Expanding their features, Vampr has launched a new publishing division that provides members with free sync representation. Independent artists can now submit their music for placement in film and television, advertising, and video game soundtracks through the app... with just three clicks."
May 19, 2020
"Pablo Salvadores (guitar and keyboards) and Lara Giardina (voice and keyboards) started a band called The Death of Robert a couple of years ago. They met through the Vampr app, which connects musicians: "I was looking for people to play with, but for fun, nothing serious. As we were talking we connected very quickly around musical and project tastes and we decided to take it seriously," says Pablo. Through the same application they connected with Robert Panadés, the bassist and who gave the group its name, and with drummer Simón López, who joined a few months ago."
May 18, 2020
"With about 500,000 users, Vampr has just launched a music licensing product and plans to enter the distribution space later this year, with a similar model to SoundCloud. Simons was on the TMN 30 Under 30 and collected the coveted Reader’s Choice title last month."
May 18, 2020
"The app... has launched a free Publishing Sync Representation feature, to give indie musicians an avenue to have their music submitted to brands, commercials, video game developers, film/TV producers and more. The company says there are no upfront costs to artists for the feature. The sync representation is non-exclusive and provides 75% royalty to the artist on placements. Josh Smith will lead the new publishing division from the company’s new London office; Smith previously worked at Music Gateway and has experience working with music tech startups."
May 13, 2020
"As part of my series about the “5 Things You Need To Know To Create a Successful App or SAAS”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Simons. Simons is the co-founder and CEO of Vampr — often billed as the ‘LinkedIn for Creatives’. Prior to starting Vampr, Josh was a successful songwriter and indie record label manager with over 10 million streams writing for artists such as Travis Scott and with his own band Buchanan, who have global touring experience with Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Josh holds a Bachelor of Business with a Major in Advertising."
March 24, 2020
"Find other musicians to collaborate with"
February 06, 2020
"Vampr, a networking platform for musicians, just announced it closed on a seed round bringing the company’s total funding to almost $1.2 million, including more than $500,000 in equity crowdfunding. “Our success has always been tied to the strength of our community — and in many ways the community owns the platform,” founder Josh Simons told Built In."
January 31, 2020
"I met a lot of great people through an app called Vampr. I met my producer that I’m working with right now, James LaFlamme, he reached out to me through the app and we made “Ain’t No Supermodel” shortly after that"
January 23, 2020
"Angel investment platform Angel Effect invests in US-based Vampr"
January 20, 2020
"Vampr is the first platform of its kind for musicians to connect with other musicians and industry professionals and collaborate on projects. Vampr is one of many startup networking platforms ready to partner with investors to revolutionize the way we build business through networking. Ultimately, professional networking startups are all about servicing niche communities."
January 15, 2020
"We are happy to invest in a team that has been together for a long time and has achieved rapid growth recently."
January 13, 2020
"Josh Simons created Vampr for musicians."
December 18, 2019
"Vampr expects to be one of many businesses nationwide subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act."
December 18, 2019
"With half a million users around the world [privacy] is definitely something Vampr keeps in mind."
December 18, 2019
"Rae Khalil’s debut project is produced by her best friend and frequent Collaborator, Jared Rubens. Rae and Jared met through “Vampr” – (Tinder for Music). “Girlfriend” was created out of frustration with the music industry – created with absolutely no budget out of Rae’s bedroom in Torrance."
December 05, 2019
"Josh and Baz know first-hand the power of collaboration, and particularly the value of connecting to global networks. APRA AMCOS is proud to support Vampr’s innovative platform thathelps our members to connect with fellow creators wherever they are in the world."
October 15, 2019
"The Formation of China Moon... They found [lead singer] Thacker through Vampr (a Tinder-like musician finder app), instantly loving his vocal style... In short, this song is f*cking incredible."
September 22, 2019
"When guitarist Nathan Hallman and electric mandolin player Will Ruff met through Vampr, a local musician-finding app in 2017, the two knew right away they wanted their music to extend beyond a duo of college students playing in Ruff’s living room in Athens, Georgia."
September 06, 2019
"I am personally of the view that growing a platform with capital and support from the same group of people who have a vested interest in its success is a smart and obvious way forward for a social network with existing traction in 2019."
September 04, 2019
"Vampr has launched an equity-crowdfunding campaign this week using the WeFunder website... A couple of days in, and Vampr is already past the $100k mark"
August 29, 2019
"Once touted as a muso’s equivalent to Tinder, it’s evolved into so much more than a hook-up tool."
July 26, 2019
"Vampr not only serves as a platform for connecting musicians. Some users use [the app] to find good music instead of connecting with other musicians. For this reason Vampr is more than just a simple professional network."
September 27, 2018
"Signing a strategic partnership with Vampr, a mobile platform that was named among Apple’s “Best Apps of 2017,” and which facilitates music discovery and communication between musicians and music industry professionals, has added momentum [for Emanate]."
August 29, 2018
"First, find bandmates. With Vampr you make a profile of your musical tastes and skills, and then swipe, Tinder-style, through other posters, or wait to be contacted. You can chat in-app before agreeing to meet."
August 04, 2018
"Vampr is one example of what happens when a creative entrepreneur takes his personal experience of working as an artist and uses the insight this brings to fill a need in the market."
July 24, 2018
"[Vampr CEO] Josh began making his way in the music world as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band Buchanan. As their success grew, the band caught the eye of Barry (Baz) Palmer, from the well-known Australian band Hunters and Collectors. Barry and Josh collaborated musically at first, until years later, when Josh came to Barry with the idea for Vampr. The two business partners spent 12 months developing the social network, and from there, the app rose to success. Vampr is rated on the App Store as one of 2017’s top community apps worldwide, and promoted by big-name organisations, like The Huffington Post."
July 18, 2018
"Vampr is a mobile network for musicians – a meet-platform, different from a social/friend platform like Facebook. The main differentiator is professional networking – presenting personnel who fit your search criteria, one by one, with a thumb swipe as the primary mechanism to sift through potential creative collaborators. This approach plainly hadn’t been done when Vampr launched."
July 10, 2018
"Mr. Ekow takes it back to the good old days on his new record titled “Jungle Gym”. Over a funky, upbeat backdrop, he delivers lighthearted lyrics with playful flows, laced with child-like optimism. The beat, delivered by Mexican producer Eidan, bounces along with stabbing synths and a groovy bass line that’s sure to get people moving. The two met via Vampr – an app for musicians. Think Tinder but instead of unsolicited pics in your DMs, you get dope music like this."
June 16, 2018
"Launched in April in eight languages, Vampr has made 2,463,700 connections between musicians across 190 countries and is seeking to change the face of the music industry on a global scale."
May 16, 2018
"Success can bring many benefits, but it won’t stop fear in its tracks. From Musk to Branson, even billionaire masterminds say the entrepreneurial journey is one that naturally leads to a lot of hairy moments. We asked [Vampr CEO Josh Simons] to share some of the scariest moments in his career: the times he feared all is lost, the moments that trigger the fear and how they’ve forged ahead."
May 09, 2018
"Liuzzi uses an iPhone app called Vampr to make cross-country and global connections. The innovation paid off: Vocalist Dries Laisnez, of Belgium, sings on the track “Close to Me,” with two additional vocalists, Luciano Thomas and an anonymous artist who goes by “No 1 Knows,” from California."
November 10, 2017
"Innovate or perish, they say. But in this environment, being innovative isn’t enough – not even close. What you really want is to be known as a disruptor. Think of brands like Uber, AirBNB and now, Vampr – they have seriously upset the status quo by taking on the accepted norm, turning it on its head, and recreating it in their own image."
October 30, 2017
"This app aims to open up avenues for aspiring artists who live in remote locations, allowing them to collaborate with other musicians"
September 27, 2017
"If a musician is looking for a co-writer, they can pick a music genre, tap the app, and it immediately brings up results. The user can sample music the songwriter has made, check out their tastes in music, make a connection, and start messaging."
September 01, 2017
"Creating connections is one of the biggest challenges in the business, especially for unsigned musicians... No matter how fragmented distribution channels are, people will always rely on collaborating with other people—from marketing, cover art, sound mixing, to production"
August 23, 2017
"Vampr is all about the simple joy of playing music with people. It’s as much a social network as it is a music app"
June 08, 2017
"Need a guitarist to help you finish off your new track? It’ll help you find someone who’s keen to jump on board... while the app can also be used for other purposes like linking up with graphic designers for an album cover"
May 26, 2017
"Vampr gives user-friendly support for all those songwriters, indie musicians, DJs, rappers, folk artists, who are struggling to connect and break into the necessary circles they need to… Yes, there are other music social networking apps but the proof is in the pudding. Well, it’s in the app"
May 03, 2017
"Many popular platforms are constrained by the early 2000s model of boring design, drop-down menus and other stagnant user-interfaces... Melbourne-based startup Vampr has taken inspiration from the contemporary dating app model to develop an app that allows musicians to more easily connect with each other"
February 01, 2017
"Barry Palmer [Hunters and Collectors] guitarist, has launched a musicians' collaboration app called Vampr with Josh Simons of Melbourne rock group Buchanan, with seed funding from the seemingly unlikely source of Wang Chung bassist Nick Feldman"
December 13, 2016
"The app has already been making waves in the US, where it picked up the audience choice award at Silicon Beach Fest 2016"
October 04, 2016
"A social networking application to connect musicians for work and social purposes"
October 04, 2016
"What if connecting with musicians and music industry executives was only one swipe away? With Los Angeles based startup app Vampr, it is"
August 01, 2016
"From Craigslist flakes to finding out your new guitarist friend hates the genre of music you play, it’s about time independent artists had pocket-based access to a new world of potential musical matches"
June 09, 2016
"An iPhone app for musicians to make fast and fruitful connections with like-minded collaborators"
May 20, 2016