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Music-making firm Splice buys remix-contest site Indaba


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There is more consolidation afoot in the digital music-making space, following the news earlier this month that BandLab was buying Gibson’s Cakewalk division. Now one of its rivals, Splice, has snapped up veteran remix-contests site Indaba Music for an undisclosed amount.

“Over the years, Indaba has connected its community of musicians to over a thousand opportunities with a diverse array of artists and brands like Jack Antonoff, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper, Chainsmokers, Converse, Red Bull, X-Box, Sony Electronics, and hundreds more,” explained Splice in a blog post.

“Now, that expertise and energy comes to Splice, where we will begin to expand on the number and types of opportunities we offer to help musicians thrive.”

That will start with a series of weekly ‘Firestarters’ challenges for its community of musicians and producers, kicking off with a challenge based on the intro chords to SZA’s ‘The Weekend’.

It’s the end of Indaba’s road as an independent company, having been founded in 2005 and built a community of more than one million musicians registered with its site.

Stuart Dredge

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