Behind the chords - What's the heart and soul of Chordify?

When you think of Chordify you probably think of… Yes, chords for all your favorite songs. In our core however, we’re much more than that. “You’re an algorithm!” Yeah, we heard you thinking it, and yes we do have an awesome algorithm, but that’s not entirely who we are as a company. Let us give you a little insight about our heart and soul, what Chordify stands for. 

Passion for music

When the Chordify founders launched the company in 2013, they couldn’t have dreamt that in less than ten years time their music platform would be one of the biggest websites worldwide providing millions of users with the chords to any song you can think of. At the core of it all, they were just a few guys with a great passion for music, and wanted to share this with the world.

No guts, no glory

Now that the amount of people working at Chordify has increased tenfold, a lot has changed, but some things have stayed pretty much the same. We all still share a big passion for music for example. This makes our drive to help people live their music by all means big. To accomplish this we work hard, and take risks. You know what they say right? No guts, no glory.  

Grow as we go

Of course there’s only so much that a team can do, but we listen to you — the people who use Chordify — and grow as we go. Releasing one update after another, tweaking our design to enhance the user interface so that you can find everything you need intuitively, writing blog posts about how to play popular songs, and the list goes on and on. Our job is never truly finished since there’s always a new way that we can improve Chordify, so you can enjoy it more. 

If you only knew how our developers spar about how to bring a new feature to existence, or how our designers freak around with cool layouts until they get what they really want. Don’t get us started on our research unit, those peeps know how to dive into some serious data, even if it’s just to find out what kind of sub-sub-sub-genres you — yes you— like so we can highlight those songs more. 


Our work philosophy is simple: We believe in an autonomous workforce where everybody takes care of themselves and their work. We call it Chortonomy, where everyone does what they know best, and with all our skills combined we make Chordify worth your while. This might sound as if we know it all, but we don't. And that might just be the real power behind Chordify. You don’t invent a blues standard by yourself, as the saying goes, but just ask for help instead.

Live your music

So you might think that we’re like super ninja music heroes that work day and night to make our users happy. In a way, you’re right, because our quest is to help people around the world live their music, and have fun. Music is at the very core of everything we do and stand for, and it’s the invisible string that ties us all together. 

Chordify however is much more than a company for which we work. It’s a place where we find like minded people that lift us up. We daily share our ups and downs, our smiles and frowns as a real family. We'd love to make you part of it.   

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About Chordify

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Chordify is an online music service, made for and by music enthusiasts, that transforms music from YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud, or your private collection into chords. The service automatically recognizes chords from the audio signal, and aligns them to the music in a simple and intuitive player for guitar, piano, and ukulele.

The Chordify web app has been up and running since January 2013. Since then, the company has grown steadily and organically, in total welcoming over 300 million unique visitors to the platform. To date, 25 million songs have been chordified by users and over 6.4 million people have registered to the service.

Over the course of its existence Chordify received a lot of international acclaim, winning the Dutch Pitch Session at the Northside Festival in New York in 2014 and the San Francisco MusicTech Summit Startup competition in 2015. They were also selected to pitch during The Next Web Conference in New York and were showcased during the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.


Chordify is een online muziekservice, die muziek van YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud of jouw privé collectie omzet in akkoorden. De service herkent de akkoorden uit de muziek automatisch en zet ze op muziek in een simpele en intuïtieve muziekspeler.

De Chordify WebApp is al sinds januari 2013 online. Sindsdien is het bedrijf gestaag en organisch gegroeid, en heeft het meer dan 300 miljoen unieke bezoekers mogen verwelkomen. Tot op de dag van vandaag zijn er al 25 miljoen liedjes gechordified door de gebruikers en hebben zich meer dan 6.4 miljoen mensen geregistreerd bij de service.

In de jaren dat Chordify bestaat heeft het bedrijf veel internationale waardering gekregen, wat resulteerde in het winnen van de Dutch Pitch Session bij het Northside Festival in New York in 2014 en de San Francisco MusicTech Summit Startup competitie in 2015. Chordify was ook geselecteerd om te pitchen tijdens de Next Web Conference in New York en presenteerde zichzelf tijdens de SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.