Create a new song and win a trip to NYC to record with multi-Grammy Award winning producer, composer, musician, and member of The Roots, James Poyser.

  • Hosted by: splice
  • Starting Date: Mar 05 2018
  • Submission Date: Apr 03 2018
  • Winner Date: Apr 30 2018


James is looking to collaborate with a member of the Splice community on a new track. To celebrate Indaba joining forces with Splice, we’re offering several loops, samples, and other musical ideas James created to spark your inspiration. Just Splice the project, and use any or all of what you find there to create a new song. The artist whose entry James finds most inspiring will be invited to meet him at Rockefeller Center in New York City, and then head to a recording session to collaborate with him.

Runners-up will get feedback on their tracks from James, as well as cash prizing, and everyone who enters gets a free 3-month Splice Sounds account by using the promo code POYSER at checkout.

About James:

James Poyser is a Grammy Award winning songwriter, pianist, producer and a member of the The Roots and Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show Band. Poyser has written and produced songs for Erykah Badu, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Lauryn Hill, Common, Anthony Hamilton, D'Angelo, Jill Scott, The Roots and Keyshia Cole. During his career, Poyser has toured and played live with Jay-Z, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and Aretha Franklin. An active session musician, he has contributed to the works of Adele, Norah Jones, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Ziggy Marley, Macy Gray and Femi Kuti.

These samples come from different sessions and are divided by BPM in the session: 85 BPM & D Minor || 95 BPM & G Minor || 98 BPM & E Phrygian || 98 BPM & A Minor || 115 BPM & Bb Mixolydian.

Grand Prize Winner: @joomanji

Runner Up Winners: @ThePhilharmonik

Community Pick Winner: