"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
"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
"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
"Vampr obviously filled a gap in the suite of tools available to fledgling musicians, it now has 450,000 users in 190+ countries."
October 15, 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