BandHelper - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

I had been making software on various platforms for about 15 years when I started this project. I had started iOS development about a year before, and I learned Android development specifically for this product.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

Balancing bug fixes, usability improvements and new features is always difficult. Usability improvements and new features are more fun, but bug fixes usually get in the way!

Arlo Leach has spent most of his life playing music, building software, and starting or helping small businesses. He has combined those passions
with BandHelper, which is used by thousands of bands around the world.
When not updating BandHelper or providing support for its users, Arlo
enjoys relaxing with his family, performing with his band, and exploring
the forests around his Portland, Oregon home.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

I really like Strava. I'm an avid biker and hiker and that app tracks every outing I do and lets me compare my times over the years. It's nice to see that I might be getting older but I'm not getting slower. :-)
Other than that and BandHelper, I mainly use built-in iOS apps like Podcasts, News, and Weather.

How long have you been working on this app?

Its precursor was released 11 years ago and the current name and branding has been on the market for 8 years.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

The first feature was building set lists for a band. I was using a big table in Microsoft Word and copying and pasting the song rows into different positions before every show. It seemed like a small, custom database running on a touchscreen device would be a perfect solution. The first version quickly gained a following, and the product has grown to become a complete band management suite.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

This is the only product I know of that combines repertoire management (songs, setlists, recordings) with business management (schedules, contacts, income, and expenses) for bands, and automatically syncs all that data between all the band members' devices.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Another unique feature of my app is the ability to customize the layout and behavior of the performance screen, but many users don't understand how that works. I'm currently working on usability improvements to make this functionality easier to find and use.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

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About App:
The BandHelper app works with your BandHelper account to share info with your bandmates, streamline your management duties and power your live show. If you don't have an account yet, you can visit for pricing info and a free trial.

Load your BandHelper account with your songs, setlists, lyrics, chord charts, reference recordings, videos, notes, events, and contact info and they appear on all of your bandmates' mobile devices automatically. If inspiration strikes during a rehearsal, make a quick recording in the app and that will be synced, too. With this info at everyone's fingertips, you'll spend less time remembering what you talked about at the last rehearsal and more time becoming a better band.

BandHelper is as useful on stage as it is in the practice room. Auto-scroll lyrics, play backing tracks and click tracks, and configure MIDI-compatible sound and lighting equipment as you move from song to song. You can control BandHelper with MIDI or Bluetooth footswitches, and link your bandmates' devices for screen sharing or remote control on stage.

Scheduling gigs is a snap with BandHelper's automated email messages to ask your bandmates' availability, send updates if the details of a gig change, and send reminders before the gig. You can set up checklists to help promote or pack for a gig, and build stage plots with a drag-and-drop interface. And splitting the money after a gig is easy with BandHelper's features to track income and expenses and calculate each band member's share of the profit.

Besides its native mobile apps, BandHelper includes a web interface for efficient data entry and an Apple Watch app for quick access on the go. You can update your band's data from any device connected to your account, and BandHelper will sync it to all the others automatically.

Join thousands of bands around the world who have gotten more organized with BandHelper!

>>> If you have a problem or a suggestion, please contact me before writing a bad review. I can't troubleshoot problems through the review system, but I respond promptly to all help tickets and posts in my support forum. <<<

Categories: Music & Audio

Date: October 27, 2021

Developer: Arlo Leach

About developer: Arlo Leach has spent most of his life playing music, building software, and ... Read more



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