Josh Simons

Josh Simons

Co-founder & CEO of Vampr

Bio Info

Josh Simons is the CEO and co-founder of Vampr, the world’s largest and most active social-professional network for musicians (often dubbed the “LinkedIn for creatives”). With over one million users, and active in every country on the planet, the music startup has helped fledgling musicians broker over 6.5 million connections worldwide. Vampr offers a free solution for young musicians, built by a sympathetic founding team of established musicians with Josh’s co-founder, Baz Palmer, best known as the lead guitarist for seminal hall-of-fame rock band, Hunters & Collectors.

Simons has grown Vampr into a multi-award winning platform, including a most prestigious nod from Apple with an inclusion in their Best of the Year list. Over four funding rounds the company has raised $2.6M from VC, the crowd and music industry angels.

Prior to running Vampr, Josh Simons spent the better part of a decade as a successful artist, songwriter & producer. His artist project Buchanan enjoyed multi-million streams & chart impressions worldwide. They retired from the live circuit following a sold-out arena tour opening for Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood. As a producer and songwriter, Simons has shared credits with Travis Scott, Troye Sivan and Kanye West to name a few.

In April 2020 Simons was named in The Music Network’s 30 Under 30 List in addition to being voted Reader’s Choice. Simons holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University.

Previous Interviews



The ForbesBooks Podcast

Featured Guest: Josh Simons

Go Produce

Vampr: An Artist-First Music Social App for Music Industry Professionals | Josh Simons | S3E29

The Daily Talk Show

#518 - Josh Simons On Investment & Looking After Yourself

Your First Thousand Clients with Mitch Russo

206: Changing The Musical Ecosystem One Connection At A Time With Josh Simons Of Vampr



Music Business Podcast

Building a Tech Company in the Music Industry and Fostering Collaboration with Vampr Co-Founders, Josh Simons and Baz Palmer

Creative Cookbook

8. How Josh Simons launched Vampr and grew their network to 1.1 million users

Mindful Money Matters

Ep 7: Life Before Buchanan, Writing for Kanye West, and Vampr's Success as a Startup.

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