Miguel Martín (LyricsGaps) – Interview (Part 1)

by Emilio Pérez Miguel on April 30, 2011

I’ve had the pleasure to interview Miguel Martín from LyricsGaps, a startup I reviewed two weeks ago, and which (as a non-native speaker of English) I found more than interesting.

Below you will find the first part of the interview. Part 2 (“Music & You”) can be read here.

LyricsGap

Full Name: Miguel Martín
Age: 30
Startup: LyricsGaps.com
Position: CEO

PART I

THE STARTUP

Tell us a little about your startup. How was it conceived? What are its most distinctive features in your opinion?

I have been studying English since I was a child, and (in my case) the funniest and easiest way to learn the language was when teachers used songs. I think this is the best way of learning new vocabulary, as this allows you to practise your English everywhere.

What did the idea for LyricsGaps came to you?

It was a few months ago, when I was studying at the Official School of Languages in my city. I suddenly had the idea of mixing my two main interests, the music and the net.

What has been the response so far? In which countries has it been more successful?

Well, nowadays it is really difficult to answer this question, but I can tell you that during this time we have been very well-accepted online, and the number of users of lyricsgaps.com has been increasing day by day.

What features can we expect to see implemented in future revisions?

We are always thinking about how we can improve our site, for instance nowadays we are thinking about increasing the number of supported languages. And we are also thinking about adding rankings …

These are just two examples of the things we have to work on in the months to come here at lyricsgaps.com.

There is a certain tendency to demonize the Internet in the music industry. I think it is all a matter of perspective – it all depends on the uses it is put to. What is your opinion? In which areas has the Internet left an unquestionably positive mark?

For lyricsgaps.com, the Internet is it the way to get in contact with users across the whole world.

Our site is aimed at e-learning, and the way to continue growing is with the collaboration of our users

What advice could you give to anybody who is launching a music-related startup in the future? What are the obvious mistakes that should be avoided?

The one and only way to develop a new project is by trusting in your own ideas, and also working hard to develop them.

Continue to Part 2 (“Music & You”)

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