Djaminn is a free music collaboration app created by keyboardist Marc Kubbinga. The app is a free download for iOS and Android.
According to its creator, Djaminn is an app that does a few vital things: it helps musicians connect with other musicians, provides creative freedom, and encourages interaction, unlike traditional platforms.
The basic concept behind Djaminn is that other musicians fill in the parts of your songs that you cannot play yourself.
They take it in new and unexpected directions, for example, by recording vocals or adding instruments you cannot play. You can upload your song and open it to other musicians to contribute their unique talents. That means you can add a guitar solo to your track, even if you’re not a guitarist.
For example, if another user uploads a track, and you think it would sound great with some keys, just hit record and become an instant collaborator.
Djaminn is a video-based app, and it seems like the app’s mechanics are very straightforward; it is as easy as finding a video you like and hitting record; there’s no awkward or janky process involved. You can also mix your song before sharing your collaboration.
In terms of connecting with other musicians, you can do that on any social platform, but the level of engagement is typically inconsistent at best.
With Djaminn, you have a platform filled with musicians openly looking to collaborate. It removes some of the competitive nature of sharing music online and replaces it with a more supportive community.
Djaminn encourages musicians of all levels to join, and I think it could really benefit beginners. A formal music education is good for many reasons, but, in my opinion, it’s great because it surrounds you with musicians.
Nothing teaches you more than playing with other musicians, and no lesson hits you harder than playing the wrong thing and getting that dreaded look from the bandleader.
I know it’s not quite the same, but not everyone has easy access to other musicians (or the confidence to gig yet), and collaborating this way with more advanced musicians could be a huge boost.
As for providing creative freedom, we already have that, too, but we don’t always have the tools or ability to bring our ideas to life. Djaminn could turn an idea in your head into a complete song by finding people who can do the bits you can’t.
As I mentioned above, traditional platforms (although sometimes very good) can be very hit or miss when it comes to engagement and connecting with people. Other users are more likely to listen to your music than skip it because they are actively looking for new stuff to collaborate on.
I’m sure Djaminn users will have ups and downs as you would with any app, but there’s certainly no harm in widening your network of potential collaborators.
Download: Djaminn (FREE iOS and Android app)