British Internet startup Songkick launched Wednesday with a vow to inspire digital-age music lovers to reclaim the joy of hearing bands play live in real-world venues.
The London-based website debuts with a free online service that matches people's tastes in music with the schedules of bands performing in the US or UK.
"It's all about changing the way people think about Friday night," Songkick cofounder Ian Hogarth told AFP during an interview in San Francisco.
"The music industry isn't dying; it is just moving to live. People really value that real-world experience. We are focused on using the web to make people get off the web and in front of a band."
Songkick's goal is to make it as simple to find live music as it is to find out which movies are playing at local theaters.
FAQ,s from their web site state.
It was too much work to find out when our favorite bands come to town. We subscribed to mailing lists, used tour tracking websites, and read music blogs/Pitchfork religiously for tour news. It was really time-consuming. So we're building the live music listings and recommendations website we want. Finding concert tickets is easy on Songkick. Never pay more than you have to!
Googling for concert tickets is a pain. Our concert ticket search engine makes it easy. We aggregate listings from 16 different ticket vendors in the US and UK. We put all the concert listings and links to ticket sellers in one place so you can compare prices. We never charge you anything! It costs the same as if you'd found the tickets yourself in the first place.
When you sign up for an account, you can track tours for all your favorite bands. Your profile page on Songkick is like your personalized dashboard for fun. It presents you a schedule of when your tracked artists are coming to town, the shows you've saved, and the concerts we think you'll like based on your taste.
Any engine can make recorded music recommendations, but live music recommendations are trickier. That's because the set of artists playing live (your brother's garage band at your local bar's open mic night) is quite different from the set of artists with albums out.
Our technology considers any mention of music on the web as a data point for our recommendations. By casting our data net wide (including anything about music on the internet) and deep (aggregating expert critical opinion from blogs and music publications), we can infer similarities between artists, compare this to your personal music taste, and recommend concerts we think you'll actually go to.
Check it out today.