No Hassle. Just Music.

Gigstarter offers an accessible platform to book live music. We 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 5000 artists in all kind of different genres have already registered on our platform. Together these artists have already been booked a thousand times, from living room concerts to great festivals. Due to these number Gigstarter is the most important platform for live music within the Benelux. Recently we are active through whole 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 have 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 Gig for themselves.

When Julio and Paul explained their problem to the owner of the café, the café owner told them how hard it was to find good, appropriate live music for its café. Although there are numerous artists who are eager to play, it was hard to find these artists. That’s why 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 our Gigstarters!

Paul de Kuyper



A couple of years ago I’ve tried to draw 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 nowadays booked through Gigstarter for performances. Are you just like us eager to combine your work with your passion? Join us on our mission: making live music more accessible for everybody!

Mark Teisman



Technology and music are two of my greatest passions. Gigstarter is for me the perfect opportunity to combine these two passions. I think it is great to create a website which 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. Therefore we are looking for someone who can support me with the further development of Gigstarter.

Tom van der Velpen

Marketing manager


Being responsible for the marketing of Gigstarter does not feel like work to me. I love to inform all types of music lovers about our platform and the artists. I find it especially satisfying to notice that most of our artists have become active ambassadors for Gigstarter. When I’m not busy spreading the word about Gigstarter I’m often visiting concerts with every genre. From rock to hip hop.

Erik de Kuyper

Business development manager


Initially I joined the team of Gigstarter to launch the initiative in Spain. Now I am responsible for the growth in whole South Europe. I find it amazing to see that a platform developed in Amsterdam catches on in whole Europe! If I’m not at the office I’m busy making new vlogs about music and events all over the world. Interested? Follow me by clicking on this link.

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