Every parent can relate to the weekday ritual; getting our children fed, focused and laden like pack mules. Helping them gear up and get out the door is nerve-wracking on a good day…but there is always the proverbial straw.
For us, that straw came in the form of a music stand. Our kids had become experts at juggling it all; rucksacks, PE kits, instruments, music bags – and music stands. Seriously, it was always the stands that wouldn’t fit. These bulky, awkward creatures would poke, prod, and scratch, creating a domino effect, where normal morning mayhem quickly descends into petulant, “I hate music practise anyway!” As parents and as lifelong musicians, we didn’t want anything to get in the way of our childrens’ joy in playing music.
We decided to do something about it – to help our kids manage their stuff – and to help playing music to be more, well, playful. We designed the world’s lightest, most compact, ultra-portable music stand that can be tucked right into a rucksack, music bag or even a pocket without causing any damage or tears of frustration. Of course, the perfect stand has to perform – quick & easy setup, no sharp edges, fully adjustable, versatile and strong enough to withstand the knocks of everyday life.
At the core of Noisy Clan, you’ll find musicians who have encountered the same struggles you have and are no longer willing to be drowned out in the crowd. Every Noisy Clan product is infused with a spark of innovation to solve the daily struggles of musicians around the world.
Music stands have always been bulky, clunky, and less than attractive. We just don’t like to admit their shortcomings, as they’ve always been there for us. The music stand you are using today probably doesn’t complement your home – nor was it designed for 21st century technology. Music stands have always been plain and boring – we decided to raise the ‘stand-ard’.
Favourite instrument: Guitar, for its versatility
A graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, David earned his design chops in California’s Silicon Valley. Among his many accomplishments, he co-founded Speck, a global leader in innovative phone cases and accessories. A lifelong musician, this is his dream gig: creating music accessories that are both beautiful and effortlessly functional. For David, Noisy Clan is “A place where music isn’t just consumed but is created and shared.“
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Favourite instrument: Keys for writing, guitar for jamming
Another GSA graduate, American expat Jaren has been making music from Colorado to Montreaux for the past 16 years. A ‘tinkerer’ since childhood, Jaren loves taking things apart and figuring out how to make them better. For him, Noisy Clan is about getting to the heart of making music: “There’s more to music than hitting the right notes at the right time.”
Favourite instrument: Bass guitar, the unsung hero of some of music’s greatest guitar riffs
Bobby has been around music since childhood, but, like many of us, had stopped playing much, as life stuff got in the way. When the lockdown happened, he used the opportunity to get back into the wonderful world of playing music. These days, he thinks of himself as a ‘relearner’ and he enjoys playing bass even more the second time around! For Bobby, “Noisy Clan is a community; a place for musicians to bond over our love for music and make a little noise in the process.”
Favourite instrument: Guitar, inspired by his talented dad
With a keen eye and a curious mind, Joe is a true Renaissance man. His musical tastes run the gamut from classical jazz to African beats, but he especially enjoys artists who aren’t afraid to break genre boundaries, particularly in electronic music. Noisy Clan’s non-judgemental vibe has inspired Joe to get in touch with his musical roots: “I have new hope for discovering my musical ability!”
Favourite instrument: Cello, because she is moved by the beautiful sound
A longtime singer and musician, Yulie has recently picked up the double bass, where she is still in the ‘achy finger’ stage. She loves that Noisy Clan feels brings people together: “It’s like a family reunion – everyone coming together for a big celebration!”
Favourite instrument: Piano, which she has played since childhood
Sam’s eclectic musical tastes provide a soundtrack for her life – and background music to keep her focused. As the mum of 5-year-old triplets, she has her own girl group in the making! For Sam, Noisy Clan is about emotions: “Music helps put into perspective where I’ve been and where I’m going. It’s a safe place to put your feelings out there, to reflect and to honor important people and special moments on your life journey.”