Attention Hackers: Slashathon Wants Your Help In Releasing His New Album

Slashathon 2014Slashathon Summons All Hackers To SXSW

If you’re like me and are a fan of tech, music, marketing, Guns N’ Roses, and Slash you are going to love this. The former GN’R guitarist has created something to “create solutions for artists to engage their communities for an album release.” In other words, Slash is offering anybody, particularly young, smart, and hip developers, a.k.a hackers, to help change how music is marketed and released.

Hypebot says this project is “shaping up to be an impressive event and should give the right team with the right idea who can execute a unique entry point into the music tech world as it intersects with the traditional music industry.” Oh and guess what? Slash is one of the judges!

What Is Slashathon?

Slashathon, which will be powered by GeekList, will take place in Austin, Texas during SXSW, at an incubator and coworking space called Capital Factory.

I’m seriously salivating right now. Could you imagine being there and working on this hack? I’m in, where do I sign up? Got that figured out already. Click here to get registered.


If there are any developers/hackers that would like to work with me on this project,
let’s get down and brainstorm ideas, strategies, and tactics asap.


My interest in Slashathon is twofold. I had dedicated a large part of my life to music. Everything from writing, performing, and attempting to produce my own music, to marketing, promoting, and selling music from many independent and international artists. You can read about some of it here.

Additional, my entrepreneurial drive and love of tech and creative innovation is lighting a fire inside of me, as I know there is an idea out there, that I’m still to wrap my head around, and with the help of a talented and ambitious developer, we can bring it to life.


Slash and Tech

Slash is no stranger to using tech to market his album releases. His current record is being worked on now but Slash has been working on material for some time and recorded songs for this new album back in December 2013.

You may remember that his last release “Apocalyptic Love” came with two amazing tech add ons! First was the iPhone app SLASH 360 – The Apocalyptic Love Sessions featuring Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

The second was the AmpliTube Slash gear models. Wondering what that is? It’s a suite of Slash’s signature guitar effects, amplifiers and speaker cabinets that Slash uses on tour and in the studio, available in a convenient desktop app and plug-in for your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation).


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Details on Slashathon

As mentioned, GeekList powers this event. Judges include Slash, Bram Cohen (Chief Scientist and Founder of BitTorrent), and former Mashable editor, Ben Parr.

For the tech heads, hackers, and debs, your API options include Aviary, Dolby, LeapMotion, Gimbal, Raspberry Pi,, Spotify, Mad Mimi, Yellow API and Lob.

So what’s the winner get right?


The Slashathon Grand Prize Includes:

  • Gibson guitar autographed by SLASH
  • $1,000 dollars
  • The opportunity to have SLASH use the winning hack with the release of his new album, coming out in late 2014.


Schedule For Slashathon:

+ 8:30 AM: Registration

9:00 AM: API presentations

10:00 AM: Hacking begins

1:30 PM: Lunch

7:00 PM: Presentations

8:30: Awards

Visit the Slashathon website for registration, sponsors, and other information.


Knock, Knock…Did You Hear That? It’s Opportunity.

Who wants in? For real. Are you as excited as I am about this amazing opportunity to launch a much needed Canadian tech partnership that can possibly “fix the worldwide music business” and create a solution to market, promote and distribute music like never before. Plus we get to possibly partner with freakin’ Slash dude!!?!??!

Email me or connect on Twitter @VeePopat.

Let me know what you think about what Slash is trying to do in the comments below.