Tiësto, Steve Angello, Richie Hawtin and more invest in groundbreaking music collaboration platform
The hype behind music collaboration suite Splice just got very real. The innovative platform has completed a $4.5 million Series A, facilitated by True Ventures and Union Square Ventures, with backers including Tiësto, Steve Angello, manager Scooter Braun, and Richie Hawtin’s Plus Eight Equity Fund LP, putting its total funding after two rounds at $7.3 million.
The service, which is often referred to as a “GitHub for musicians,” has just opened its doors to the world with a new public beta, following a highly constructive 10-month private beta.
Splice has also unveiled what is quite possibly its most innovative feature to date: the DNA player. The new streaming widget provides a DAW-like visualization of a track, allowing listeners to solo various channels for a more detailed understanding of the composition. It’s essentially like combining the waveform from SoundCloud with the arrangement view of Ableton while also allowing both the producer and listeners to leave detailed feedback on every element.
Splice couldn’t have arrived at a better time. It’s amazing to think that producers have gone on for so long without such a service. The biggest challenge it will face, however, is getting artists to re-examine the way they make music — which is ultimately no easy feat. With new developments such as the DNA player and support from some of the most influential figures in the industry, Splice certainly has the tools to accomplish such an upheaval.