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Josh Simons - CEO Vampr - The rise of Vampr, Music & Entrepreneurship

November 11, 2022 Cassette Monkeys Season 1 Episode 8
Cassette Monkeys #PressPlay
Josh Simons - CEO Vampr - The rise of Vampr, Music & Entrepreneurship
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Josh Simons is the CEO and co-founder of Vampr, the world’s largest and most active social-professional network for musicians (often dubbed the “LinkedIn for creatives”). Recognised by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in 2022, Vampr is home to over one million users, and active in every country on the planet. The music startup has helped fledgling musicians broker over 7 million connections worldwide. Vampr offers a free solution for young musicians, built by a sympathetic founding team of established musicians with Josh’s co-founder, Baz Palmer, best known as the lead guitarist for seminal hall-of-fame rock band, Hunters & Collectors.

Simons has grown Vampr into a multi-award winning platform, including most prestigious nods from both Apple and Google in their respective Best Apps lists. Over five funding rounds the company has raised $3.5M from VC, the crowd and music industry angels.

Prior to running Vampr, Josh Simons spent the better part of a decade as a successful artist, songwriter & producer. His artist project Buchanan enjoyed multi-million streams & chart impressions worldwide. They retired from the live circuit following a sold-out arena tour opening for Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood. As a producer and songwriter, Simons has shared credits with Travis Scott, Troye Sivan and Kanye West to name a few.


In April 2020 Simons was named in The Music Network’s 30 Under 30 List in addition to being voted Reader’s Choice. Simons holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University.

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1.18 Josh’s background journey 

5.33 Juggling different projects and ambitions 

7.02 You can’t do all the things all of the time but you can do things consequentially 

8.20 Project managing: leveraging some projects off of others

11.00 The start of Vampr 

19.21 Converting all reviews into positivity as a tech company

22.00 Winning awards as a tech company CEO

23.00 The necessity of connection and collaboration in the music industry

23.16 Nothing much is achieved alone 

27.06 Different routes into music - and how Vampr can help open up opportunities for musicians around the world

29.20  The love of songwriting

30.15 Songwriting camps

32.56 Sparking up great relationships

36.24 Blockchain and the world of music 

39.07 Taking care of mental health

42.19 What advice could you give to musicians out there today? Is entrepreneurship more important than ever for musicians to educate themselves on?

45.30 Fear paralysis with releasing music

46.35 Future vision

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Vampr - https://www.vampr.me
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Josh's 3 song choices:

Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfWJqKIxyGc&t=1110s


Droned - Phil Collins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvbFuxJ61IQ


The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi0kWe2ixzU
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Intro / Outro Music: Backwards BBQ - Chris Haugen


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Josh’s background journey
Juggling different projects and ambitions
You can’t do all the things all of the time but you can do things consequentially
Project managing: leveraging some projects off of others
The start of Vampr
Converting all reviews into positivity as a tech company
Winning awards as a tech company CEO
The necessity of connection and collaboration in the music industry
Nothing much is achieved alone
Different routes into music - and how Vampr can help open up opportunities for musicians around the world
The love of songwriting
Songwriting camps
Sparking up great relationships
Blockchain and the world of music
Taking care of mental health
What advice could you give to musicians out there today? Is entrepreneurship more important than ever for musicians to educate themselves on?
Fear paralysis with releasing music
Future vision