No Hassle. Just Music.

Gigstarter offers an accessible platform to book live music. We have developed a transparent website where bookers can directly book artists without paying any form of commission.

The concept that Gigstarter created is working successfully. Over 10.000 artists in all kind of genres have already signed up on our platform. Together these artists have been booked thousands of times, from living room concerts to great festivals. Due to these numbers, Gigstarter is the most important platform for live music within the Benelux. Since recently, we are proud to say that we are active through the whole of Europe.

Origin of Gigstarter

Gigstarter was found in 2012 by two friends – Julio Pijnappel and Paul de Kuyper –in a café in the heart of Amsterdam. Julio and Paul had been sharing their passion for music for years and played together in a band. They both felt like it was a big hassle to arrange a nice gigs.

When Julio and Paul explained their problem to the owner of the café, he told them how hard it was to find good, appropriate live music for his café. Although there were plenty of artists who were eager to play, it was hard to find them. That’s when Paul and Julio thought it was time for a platform where artists and bookers can find each other easily. Gigstarter was born.

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Meet the Gigstarters!

Paul de Kuyper



A couple of years ago I’ve tried to draw the attention of several bookers for my band. Since there was no platform where artists could easily register and get booked, I founded Gigstarter. I find it very motivating to see how many artists are being booked through Gigstarter nowadays for performances. Are you just like us, eager to combine your work with your passion? Join us on our mission to making live music more accessible for everybody!

Mark Teisman



Technology and music are two of my greatest passions. Gigstarter is the perfect opportunity for me to combine these two passions. I think it is great to create a website that both satisfies the needs of the artists and the bookers. Because of all the opportunities on the website, there is always enough technical work to do. That's why we are always looking for someone who can support me with the further development of Gigstarter.

Erik de Kuyper

Business Developer Spain


Initially I joined the Gigstarter Team to launch the activities in Spain. Now I am responsible for the growth of the platform across Southern Europe. I find it amazing to see that a platform that was developed in Amsterdam catches on everywhere in Europe! If I’m not at the office, I’m working on new vlogs about music and events all over the world. Interested? Follow me by clicking on this link.

Tom van der Velpen

Former Marketing Manager


I was responsible for the marketing of Gigstarter. The workflow was so nice that it did not feel like work to me. I loved informing all types of music lovers about our platform and the artists. I found it especially satisfying to notice that most of our artists have become active ambassadors for Gigstarter. Even if I am not working in the team anymore after 6 wonderful years, I will keep the Gigstarter DNA in my blood for ever.

Barbara Spaanjaars

Artist Success Manager Benelux


Working at Gigstarter is never boring. I'm driven by the diverse aspects of the music business. I do my best to satisfy the Dutch and Belgium customers. Also together with my colleagues, I organize the annual Artist & DJ of the Year competition. This way we highlight our artists on the platform and give them the opportunity to become more visible throughout Europe and let them perform in my beautiful hometown Amsterdam.

Solène Brachet

Business Developer France


Everything started when I came from France to join the Amsterdam-based team for an internship. Today, I daily help Spanish and French artists to become more visible and to find gig opportunities across Europe. I feel entirely satisfied when the booker finds the perfect Match for his/her event, and even prouder when it is a last-minute request. Dream big and everything becomes possible!

Sarah le Corff

Business Developer Wallonia


I joined as a Community Manager intern back in 2018. I had the chance to meet amazing artists and bookers with whom we organized great events. I have been working from different countries in Europe to keep on spreading our word. Today, I am responsible for the growth of Gigstarter on the Belgian market. My goal is to help spreading live music across Europe and this is what all our team is dedicated to.

Salome Chkhetiani

Business Developer Germany


I started at Gigstarter as an intern for the German-speaking markets. Initially, the plan was to go on an exchange semester during 2020, but luckily it didn’t work out! Sometimes you don’t get what you want, because something better is waiting for you. In my case, that was Gigstarter! Nowadays, I'm still working at Gigstarter, focusing on the German market while finishing my Master Degree.

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