Nas, Richie Hawtin and More Help Cloud-Based Mastering Startup LANDR Raise $6.2 Million

Joshua Hanford/Courtesy of Movement

Richie Hawtin at Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit on May 23, 2015.

Investors include Warner Music Group, Pete Tong Richie Hawtin, Tiga and John Acquaviva.

Warner Music Group, rapper Nas and a private equity fund operated by four famous DJs are among the new backers in cloud-based mastering service LANDR. Additional participants in the $6.2-million funding round were prior investor YUL Ventures, Real Ventures and Cirque Du Soleil founders Guy Laliberté and Daniel Gauthier.

The funding indicates further interest by music creators in cloud-based services made for their type of work. Plus Eight Equity Fund, an investor in LANDR as well as cloud-based collaboration service Splice, includes DJs Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin, Tiga and John Acquaviva. Tiësto, Steve Angello (ex-Swedish House Mafia) and WME also invested in Splice.

LANDR calls its simplified process of mastering recording "nearly foolproof." The user chooses a monthly or annual fee based on level of service and file type. The process requires a file upload and tweaking controls to get the desired sound. In a statement, Nas, an avid investor in startups, called LANDR "an affordable" technology that can turn out music with "a quality finish like any major label artist with a budget," Nas said in a statement.

Note: an earlier version of this article's headline said Tiësto is an investor in LANDR. That was incorrect and has been changed. 


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