Why we are building Whojam
Music is meant to be played together right? Now what if we were in a world where every musician across the globe could easily play music with everyone else?
This is Whojam’s mission. And we’ve got three good reasons for dedicating ourselves to it.
When you’re an amateur musician — there are 500 millions of us around the world — playing music with other people is really not easy. It’s a long and tough process. You have to get to know other musicians living nearby, make time in everyone’s busy schedules, find a place where you can make some noise — and sometimes you have to pay for it. And when you’ve taken all these steps and you’re finally there in the same room, you need to figure out what to play and start rehearsing (which is not always instantly enjoyable). Then it often takes at least ten minutes to settle in and get something that’s not so bad. Like I said, it can be a complicated, sometimes even painful, process. Many music sessions do not happen because we have that story in mind.
Whojam enables musicians to record ‘jams’ and to send them to the crowd or to specific people or friends for them to record on top of it.
It’s a shame that it does not already exist
Even if they usually end up playing music alone at home, a huge volume of amateur musicians record what they do and share it to world. They do it on Youtube. Because on this platform people believe watching the music being played is just as important as listening to it.
Millions of cover songs are uploaded on Youtube. Today, 12,000 of them will be played and published by musicians from all over the world. Here’s a little experiment you can do. On Youtube, type ‘Bob Marley Jammin guitar cover’. You’ll find tons of pages of people playing Jammin’ on their guitar. Now you can type the same song replacing ‘guitar cover’ with ‘drum cover’, and you’ll have dozen of pages of people playing alone Jammin’ with their drums. It’s the same with bass, piano, and so on.
Another quick example: if you’re a bossa nova sax player from Cape Town, you physically can’t meet up with that crazy awesome bossa nova pianist living in Sao Paulo, even though you would absolutely love to.
This means 2 things:
1) If you love and know how to play a song or a music style, you can be sure that there are many other people playing the same song/style somewhere in the world, sometimes with an instrument complementary to yours.
2) People are not aware about this and end up playing alone because they think they’re alone. But they’re not.
The goal of Whojam is to allow musicians to overcome these geographical barriers. It connects and matches these people up, so that they can do the exact same thing they’re used to (recording themselves playing a song they know). Except that this time, they will get people jamming with them. This is what music is all about.
So ok, geographical barriers. There’s more.
What are the chances that a Palestinian will play music with an Israeli? What are the chances that a hardcore metal drummer will play with a jazz manouche guitarist? What are the chances that a 60 year-old blues guitarist will play with a 17 year-old drummer, even if he plays some blues as well? You guessed it — very small.
By equally placing each musician who comes across Whojam one click away from another, we empower people to overcome these social and psychological barriers.
You may end up enjoying this experience and you may not. But if the effort to connect and play with other people is very little, you won’t have a problem trying new things and taking the risk to create with people you wouldn’t have thought about. And that might lead to something unexpected and cool.
We believe it’s good
We deeply believe that music breaks down barriers between people. Music connects people in a powerful and universal way. We’ve experienced it and most of the people on Earth have experienced such a thing. Besides, we’re all connected in one way or another thanks to social networks. We speak with each other easily regardless of the location. We post and react to content every day. Content can be sentences, articles, tweets, moods, videos, vines, clips, photos, instagrams, dubsmashes… you name it.
Today we want to introduce a new type of content: jams. A jam is a collaborative music video recorded by one or various musicians, whether they know each other or not. Barriers between musicians are now smashed — forever and for good.