Kam Lal, Notetracks
Country: Montreal, Canada
What does your company do?
Notetracks is a workflow and productivity tool for music creators and collaborators to review, record, and share their audio projects.
Why did you apply to Project Music?
This started as a product that I needed to build for myself, being a musician. I have two strong backgrounds- I have a degree in computer science and a minor in music. Eventually, I got to a point where I started asking a lot of questions about how it goes from just being a product that you sell to forming a company and making it a bigger entity. And the responses that I was getting was that you need to get into an accelerator. Being from Montreal, there's a lot of music and technology but I wanted to see if there was a music-specific accelerator that existed in the world. So I started research on that and stumbled upon Project Music.
Favorite genre of music:
I used to be a DJ- fun fact- so I started off playing the piano but I decided I wanted to play other people's music rather than learn how to compose it. When I was DJ'ing it was more r&b, hip hop, dance, house. I still enjoy those genres but I'm open to any type of music- classical and even country. I've learn more about country music in the past couple of weeks I've been here than ever before.
Hobbies outside of running a startup:
The funny thing is that music has always been my hobby. It wasn't enough to pay the bills so that's why I did the computer science background and worked in tech. But at the same time, in my spare time I would work on music as much as I could. I always aspired to be that hit producer on the radio. So any time that I do have free time, I try to get back to music, get back to composition, recording, writing. Funny enough, in Nashville I've been able to do that in the small breaks that I've had. I've met a lot of producers - producers that I've actually aspired to be - and we've had some sessions where they were able to teach me some cool tricks and teach me some songs.
A few words that come to mind to describe your experience at the EC:
An opportunity of a lifetime. I don't know where I would be if I wasn't in this situation right now. The network, the community, the knowledge, the training - it is really an opportunity of a lifetime to be in a space of music focus and then have a strong network behind you allowing you to grow.
Best part about Nashville:
I'd have to say it's the community. Coming from a city that moves fast, you're lucky to stay alive walking the wrong way on a street. When I initially got here, two things stood out. One is the community. Asking someone for a cup of coffee on the street and having a conversation with them where they're telling you everything you need to know. And it always end with, "is there anything else I can do for you?". That's been amazing. And then the other thing is the music focus. I never knew that this was that much of a music city. Anywhere from the street signs to the bus stops, there's music everywhere. It's like a Disneyland for musicians. If I had known about it, I would have been here a long time ago.
Music is _____:
Entertainment, expression, talent, passion, powerful.