Twenty-three-year-old composer, singer-songwriter and producer, Jesse Neo, has had his fair share of success after his electronic beats grabbed the attentions of record labels, game companies and YouTube channels in 2017.
Starting out as a Classical musician, things took a swirl when he was introduced to a DJing and EDM course in his native country of Australia. After turning his newly discovered genre of music into a professional career, his tracks were played on radios in the USA and Europe, across nightclubs in Australia and were frequently reviewed in top tier publications such as The Huffington Post.
Now having soaked up new experiences from the entertainment business, Jesse discovered many new changes could be made in terms of technology that would benefit composers and artists.
“I remember having endless conversations with companies and clients about how my tracks should sound like,” Jesse recalled. “There was a time I was working on some electro-jazz beats for a game when I realized the time spent discussing about the project was greater than the time I actually worked on composition.”
Then suddenly an idea hit his mind. “Why not create an online platform where I could list my work and allow clients to digitally contact me, make payments, and perform all the other legal paperwork automatically?”
Thus, Gemtracks was born.
Gemtracks started out as a beats marketplace for customers to purchase tracks to be used for movies, games or have artists sing their vocals over. Within few weeks, beats got sold for up to $599 each. One reason for the fast surge of sales could be levelled town to the fact once a beat is sold, it would be removed from the website and the buyer gets the full copyright transferred to them.
“It was amazing,” Jesse told us. “All my friends that I worked with in the industry encouraged me to turn it into a public marketplace, mainly because it was getting harder for musicians to make money. A platform that could allow them to make steady streams of income would be very life-changing.”
Eventually Jesse teamed up with some several other composers and producers, namely Milana Leybovich, I.Y.F.F.E, Beowülf and Taylor Carroll that were already working for projects with companies like Disney, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group.
“At the end of the day, I want Gemtracks to be a platform to allow musicians to continue doing what they love, earn a living, and also educate those new to the field,” Jesse concluded. “For example, I am also a passionate blogger and I have recently published a post about getting songs into Spotify curator lists. This is my way to tell budding artists how easy it is to get your songs heard and eventually make a career out of it.”
To contact Jesse Neo, you can follow him on Instagram.