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Landing in San Francisco from different parts of the world, various characters got together for different motives and goals at the end of 2008 and  became Makrú, a musical tool to express their points of view, ideals and support the causes they believe in, chasing equality and unifying people along ...

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New Advisors for the First AI DJ Brain: Muru Music Expands Team with Industry Veterans

Muru, the world’s first AI-powered music brain, is forging a new path in music technology and playlist experience thanks to its automagical classification system. The Australian-based tech startup would like to announce two industry heavy hitters are joining its advisory board, Kate Vale and Amos Biegun.

“We are incredibly excited here at Muru to have two industry veterans advising and supporting the team as we enter the new year with some big announcements,” enthuses Founder and Chief Musicologist Nicc Johnson.

Kate Vale

Kate has had a distinguished career in the technology and digital industries, with almost two decades experience across major digital brands, including her most recent position as Managing Director of Spotify Australia and New Zealand. Formerly, Kate was Head of YouTube Australia and New Zealand, as well as the first in-region employee for Google.  Kate is currently a Non Executive Director of Tourism Australia and Tourism Tasmania, and a former Council Member of Make-A-Wish Australia.  

Amos Biegun

Amos brings over 25 years music industry and software experience in rights management and royalty processing. Amos is currently Vistex UK’s Managing Director and heads Vistex’s global Rights & Royalties efforts. Prior to its sale to Vistex, Amos was the CEO of Counterpoint Systems, the world’s leader in copyright, licensing, and royalty solutions.

“Muru are expanding and looking for Big Data Scientists and Engineers who are excited about working on the first of its kind A.I. Music Brain,” say Johnson. “Kate and Amos will be vital to guiding this process, keeping us focused on how to innovate and offer the best possible product to music services and platforms.”

Johnson will be speaking at Slush Music in Helsinki in November 28-29, 2017, on “A.I. Curation vs. Human Curation.”

About Muru’s Founding Team:


Nicc Johnson, Chief Musicologist and Founder of Muru

With more than 16 years’ experience as a Musicologist, Professional DJ and Music Curator, Johnson has created thousands of playlists. He was a resident DJ at world’s most successful nightclub, Pacha Ibiza, and classically trained in Music Theory and Sound Engineering. Nicc founded Muru to solve a real big problem he faced as a music lover and consultant.

Vijay Santhanam, Chief Technology Officer
Santhanam has more than 13 years’ experience as a full stack Software Engineer, specialising in iOS, Swift and Machine Learning. He previously founded 2 startups, including an app development consulting company. Santhanam is an engineering whiz who gives guest lectures on best practices in coding and machine learning and is an avid contributor on Github.