I co-founded Aestival with three friends in 2019. It was always intended as a passion project, but has grown bigger than we anticipated and continues to occupy a decent chunk of our time and love on the side.
Aestival is, in short, a platform that connects music industry professionals with employers that require their services. If you’re a light technician, for example, you can create a profile on the app and connect with venues, festivals, and artists who need lighting support for their shows.
The entire live music industry went on a bit of a hiatus during Covid, but came back in full swing once restrictions started easing. The same was true for Aestival and, in 2022, we were invited to join Music WorX – Europe’s first publicly funded incubator for start-ups in the music and tech sector.
We’ve also received a healthy dose of press coverage via the likes of Musik Woche, Gear News and Hamburg Startups.
Our freelancer dashboard

Our freelancer dashboard.

I serve as CTO of the company, which in practice means shouldering all design and development work for the platform. It’s fun and exhausting in equal measures. We use a modern (and mostly vanilla) Rails stack sprinkled with some pretty, custom-made Tailwind components.
If you’re interested, you can check out the site for yourself over here. If you happen to work in the music industry then you might as well sign up :)