From his humble beginnings of working in the mail room of Capitol Records to hanging with Willie Nelson in the back of his tour bus, Mantis Evar’s career in the music industry could be a movie script. Hear Mantis describe how his knowledge and love of music, musicians, studio gear, and marketing took him from the mail room to co-founding the innovative online musician’s community Indaba Music.
Evar tells of singing songs with Kenny Loggins and Arif Mardin in the Blue Note offices, of how leaving an anonymous note on label head Bruce Lundvall’s chair turned the company around, of introducing Willie Nelson to a then new and unknown artist named Norah Jones, and much more. Exclusively on Between the Liner Notes.
Dan Zaccagnino (Left) and Jesse Chan-Norris (Right)
Indaba Music is an online music community that lets musicians collaborate, trade feedback about each other’s work, and participate in opportunities such as contests for remixing and songwriting for popular artists.
Listen to this Between the Liner Notes exclusive interview as two of Indaba’s founding members, Dan Zaccagnino and Jesse Chan-Norris, discuss how they grew the company from an idea to over 750,000 members, and the hurdles they faced along the way.