Recently, I discovered the Tao Network, an artist-centric blockchain platform for music distribution. This left me with the desire to know it better, especially because it benefits indie artists like ourselves. The best I could do was to interview, its founder, Mr. Bryce Weiner. Read everything below! You’ll learn a lot about this interesting project.
1 – Are you a musician, or just a business man?
I’m not a musician, but my friends are musicians or in the business of music. I’m surrounded by it. What I do was born from conversations with my friends about how the technology I work with, blockchains, could help them in their work.
2 – What do you like and dislike about today’s music industry?
I like that people feel passionate about how the business of music works. Artists are artists. Not all of them are business savvy and not all of them want to be, and that’s okay. Art is about following you passions. We set out to build those systems that artists desperately want and need to help them do what they love. We designed a system that could satisfy the needs of artists like Taylor Swift and Aloe Blocc, as well as those yet undiscovered artists still honing their craft.
3 – In short words, what is the Tao Network?
The Tao Network is a way for artists to establish provenance for their creations no matter at what level of the game they are playing. If you wrote a song, sang on a track, or engineered an album, you’ll be able to prove it if it’s imported into the Tao Network.
4 – How the idea of the Tao Network came about?
The idea came about from listening to musicians and those in the business of music complain about their jobs, quite frankly. I recognized that blockchain technology was the right solution for everything they were talking about and decided I wanted to help in a very real way.
5 – Are you a big fan of Chinese philosophies?
I am. I have several Chinese tattoos and I follow the advice of a Zen master who lives in Uruguay. He watches what I do and sends me riddles to unfold as I go through my work. He is as much of this network as those of us who are developing it.
6 – Why is this project the best option for indie artists?
We level the playing field. If an indie artist gets discovered their whole catalog of masters can easily be imported into the publishing administration systems used by the majors, including all of their downloads, streams, and metadata. When fully developed it will be a set of tools to establish provenance and authenticity of your art, all the way down to the split sheets.
7 – What major challenges and problems did you face when starting the project?
Music catalogs are like gold. The hardest thing we had to do was build those relationships where someone would trust us with their gold. Blockchain technology is born from cryptography, which is at the heart of current DRM systems. It took over a year of getting to know and trust each other before we arrived at this point.
8 – How many artists have joined the Tao Network nowaday?
To be honest, I haven’t stopped to count. The response has been a little overwhelming and our team is starting to build that infrastructure to be able to make ourselves accessible to everyone.
9 – How can you describe the meaning of “blockchain”?
A blockchain is a unique way to store data based on special cryptographic operations. It has three components that make it a unique. The first is that the data is transactional, meaning that it is stored in a specific order in time. One can move the data in a blockchain in a linear fashion, forwards and backwards, as one would shuttle a music track.
The second is that it is immutable, which means that the data itself can be governed by the software to be cryptographically secured and verified. The third is that the data can be tokenized, which means that a large amount of data can be connected together and then assigned to an individual. That individual may then “trade” that data with others, potentially on an open market. For the music industry, this means entirely new aftermarkets for digital content that have never before been possible without getting sued. ReDigi is a great service, but it is inherently flawed. The Tao Network allows for services like ReDigi to operate within the law.
10 – Have you ever witnessed a serious corrupt case in the music industry?
Not in the music industry, but I have in the financial industry which is where I have been for the last few years. I have served as an expert witness in a prosecution for theft using the Bitcoin blockchain which lead to an arrest and conviction. That individual was also subsequently found guilty of raping several women and will be spending the next 11 years in prison. The power of this technology to provide transparency should not be underestimated.
11 – Do you support the use of bitcoins? Why is it so polemic?
Bitcoin is to play a vital role in royalty settlements for the Tao Network. Tao is a protocol which is designed to serve the needs of the music industry, but does so in a way which that information generated may then be monetized. Bitcoin is the way that the network is monetized because it’s not priced directly in US dollars or another fiat currency. Artists don’t want Tao or Bitcoin… they want cash. We are working with businesses in the Bitcoin industry to be able to provide those services on a global scale. It’s taking a lot of coordination but the end result will be amazing.
12 – Do you think music should be shared for free?
I think a creator has the right to determine how their creation is perceived by others. I don’t believe an artist owns their work like one might own a car, but because they created it they have inherent rights to that creation. If they want to then exercise those rights to provide their work for free they certainly can. Likewise if you’re an artist that thinks a $0.99 single should only be played 99 times before a consumer must renew it, that is also possible with the Tao protocol.
13 – Do you have plans or ideas for future crowdfunding projects?
There’s a whole new set of cottage businesses which are possible to serve the Tao Network and provide services to artists. I’m very excited to see what people come up with and am looking forward to supporting those efforts as much as possible.
14 – What do you see as the future of the Tao Network?
The Tao Network is a protocol. It can be copied and duplicated an infinite number of times and those copies can be made to interact with one another. It’s my vision to utilize the Tao protocols to create an Internet of Music, where creators have the ability to make their voice heard and do so in the way that they desire.
15 – What does music mean to you?
Music and blockchain technology are both based on mathematics. I may not play an instrument, but my work is my art. There are so many similarities between music and blockchain technology that we have even begun to use the same words, such as the term “sidechain.” It’s natural harmony that is impossible to ignore. This project has opened my eyes to entirely new possibilities for music and expression and I’m excited to be able to explore them.
Quickfire Interview With: DJ Hova
Check out this interview with up-and-coming talent from New Jersey, the one and only, DJ Hova. A few weeks ago, he dropped his ‘Labor Day Mix 2019’, which captivated EDM fans across the world on SoundCloud. Learn more below.
1 – You’ve been DJing and Producing since…
2 – You got involved in the music realm because…
I’ve always loved music. Couldn’t walk to class, go to the gym, or drive without it. There were also a ton of mixes out there that I liked, but they would always include songs that I wasn’t a fan of. For instance, I love the Big Bootie mixes Two Friends put out, but there were always songs I didn’t like, so I made my own.
3 – Your sound is…
EDM and Progressive House.
4 – Your biggest inspiration is…
5 – Fans should listen to your new Labor Day Mix 2019 because…
It combines all the Jersey Shore classics plus the songs of the summer.
6 – If you want to know who DJ Hova is, listen to the track…
The Garden State Pregame
7 –Your most memorable career moment so far has been…
DJing at Cornerstone in Hillsdale, NJ
8 – Your dream is…
Making a track of my own one day.
The Garden State Pregame 2020
10 – Your all-time favorite track is…
Calling (Lose My Mind) – Alesso & Sebastian Ingrosso
11 – Your favorite venue/club is…
D’Jais in Belmar, NJ
12 – You’ll only stop making music if…
I have no one to make it for anymore.
13 – What are you doing for the rest of the day?
Beginning the next mix.
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Interview | Questions & Answers With Klipr
Klipr is an artist who is constantly pushing the boundaries with his music, after teaching himself how to write, produce and DJ, he has gone on to produce some incredible releases with each one exploring the depths of a multitude of genres. As Klipr continues to develop and mature as an artist, he continues to show signs of becoming one of the most promising new acts in the near future and with his sights set on future releases and the success of his record label ‘Streamin’ Music Group’ it’s clear that Klipr is reaching for the stars.
1 — First off – tell us more about Klipr.
Klipr is a self-taught musician, passion project & an escape from reality into a world of feelings conveyed through music.
2 — When did this project start and how did it come about?
The project was initiated in early 2015. This happened after partying with friends, going to DJ gigs and music festivals during my college years. The first time I saw Tiesto perform at Ultra Music Festival was a life-changing moment for me; it helped me find my passion & love for music.
3 — What makes your signature sound?
I love designing and using different layers of bass and writing groovy and moving basslines. I would say that I don’t have or wish to chase a signature sound but rather create different sounds and experiences through my music. I wish to be creative and constantly explore different styles and be as creative as I can.
4 – Who are your biggest influences and why?
My biggest influences would be Tiesto, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, ZHU & Chris Lake. These artists experiment a lot with their music productions & the energy in their shows is insane. Any particular artist who does that successfully is an inspiration to me. Listening to their productions gave me a lot of insight on how to create emotion, groove, and energy in my productions.
5 – How far do you want to go with your music?
It’s really not about how far I can go but about how many people listen to the music I make & how it makes them feel.
6 – Describe ‘Klipr’ in one word.
Klipr is “passion”.
7 — When can we expect your debut release?
I have already released several tracks and my latest single “Running Back” is out now at most of the digital platforms.
8 – What can we expect from you in the coming months?
Expect the unexpected. A completely different vibe. I’ve been experimenting with my music from the very first day. From Progressive House to Future Bass, I’ve released multiple tracks. But in the coming months I’m ready to flip the vibe and bring a different experience. This is just the beginning and I have a lot of music coming up which will definitely surprise the audience.
9 – Lastly – who would you like to collaborate with in the near future?
I would love to collaborate with Tiesto, Skrillex, Chris Lake, Martin Garrix, Zhu, Flume, DJ snake, Magnificence, Malaa, Loopers & the list of singers is never-ending honestly. My music has been influenced by so many artists from EDM to Hip Hop to pop; It’s just not fair to name a few of them here!
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Interview | Questions & Answers With DPNT
I had the pleasure of interviewing Orlando-based duo DPNT. Both of them are professional artists whose different skills complement each other. Nowadays, they’re promoting a bedroom Pop piece entitled “Distant Memories”. Discover everything about these up-and-coming talents in this exclusive interview!
1 — First of all, when and how did you decide to combine your creative powers as a duo?
Michelle: We first started back in 2016. I met Jaz in Orlando while she was studying audio engineering. I was intrigued by her musical capabilities and was provided the opportunity to provide vocals for her tracks.
Jaz: I mainly work solo, however, due to the fact that my voice is mainly for a different style of music I decided to get a vocalist for my tracks.
2 — How would you define your sound?
Jaz: Honestly, so many different styles of music. I wouldn’t put a specific genre on my music but if I had to, I would lean more towards Indie-Pop.
Michelle: We’ve heard everything from Indie-Pop to Alt-Pop. Some people have even said some of the releases have an 80’s vibe to them. I guess as Jaz said, you can’t really put a specific label on it.
3 — What kind of things inspire you to write songs?
Jaz: I base my songs off of past experiences. I can’t write a song without meaning. What’s the point?
4 — Who are some of your biggest influences in musical terms?
Jaz: Some of my biggest influences include Diplo, Bazzi, Khalid, Charlie Puth and Magdalena Bay. I like any artist that I can chill and vibe to.
5 — What are the benefits/problems of being indie artists?
Michelle: I believe the benefits of being an artist, in general, is that you get to express yourself in ways that you couldn’t with just words. Problem wise, I’d say no matter what you put out, be ready for criticism. While criticizing can help one progress, it can sometimes affect you personally. In reality, you can’t please everyone so you might as well do you.
6 — Your newest single “Distant Memories” is filled with beautiful chilled vibes. What’s the secret formula behind its sound design?
Jaz: It comes from the heart and soul. That’s all I can really say. There’s nothing more to it. I have a really hard time expressing myself verbally and through music that provides me an escape and way to express how I feel.
7 — If “Distant Memories” becomes part of a movie soundtrack, what would it be?
Jaz: I feel it would be included into a romantic comedy or a movie with a trippy feel to it.
Michelle: Definitely. I think that it could be incorporated into the end credits somehow. That would be really cool.
8 — Are you planning live shows or touring the states?
Michelle: Not at the moment but we’d love to look into performing live shows in the near future. Right now, our main goal is to put out music that people will love and can vibe to.
9 — So far, which is your favorite track you have produced together? Why?
Jaz: I really enjoyed working on our newest piece. I had a lot of fun making it because at first, we were just bullshitting. It began as an acoustic solo/piano track and turned into a whole different thing. I went on my own musical trip just writing and producing it.
Michelle: For me, it is really hard to choose just one. They’re all so different in their own way. It changes for me sporadically. For now, I’ll say I’m indecisive.
10 — Finally, what does the future have in store for DPNT?
Jaz: We’re currently working on a multitude of new tracks. We have a lot of upcoming projects. Follow us on social media for all of our upcoming projects.
Michelle: We’re definitely excited! I’d say we have a lot in store for you and can’t wait to continue this journey.
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Quickfire Interview With: Naizon
Originally from Brescia, Yassine Mokdad grew up listening to his parents playing the sounds of Barry White, Lionel Richie, Peabo Bryson, and Elvis Presley. Since then Yassine’s fascination with music began, he went on to study vocals and piano before finding himself learning how to produce and DJ.
Representing the Tech House sound, he strives for perfection and the attention to detail, which makes crowds tick. He has taken his sound all over the world in over 300 gigs spanning Thailand, Australia, Switzerland, and Italy. We caught up with Naizon for a quickfire round to find out a little more about the rising star.
1 — Music or acting?
2 — CDJ or vinyl?
3 — Favourite club?
4 — Favourite festival?
6 — Streaming or downloads?
7 — Last album you bought?
Kygo – Cloud Nine.
8 — Dogs or cats?
9 — Favourite food?
10 – Early bird or night owl?
12 – Favourite colour?
13 – Last artist you listen to?
14 – Ibiza or Berlin?
15 – Best gig you’ve played?
16 – Funniest career moment?
I actually fell whilst on stage, most people would be embarrassed but I thought it was hilarious!
17 — Preferred BPM?
18 – Favourite sub-genre?
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Exclusive Interview: Dhyan Talks Debut Album ‘The Sun Never Says’ & More
In our latest interview, the Maryland-based artist, Dhyan talks about his debut 10-track album, ‘The Sun Never Says’. So many emotions, it’s been quite a sonic journey so far. Press play on the album below and dive into our interview to learn more about it. He has revealed a music video is on the way, and more…
1 — Thanks for your time, how long did it take you to produce your new album ‘The Sun Never Says’?
‘The Sun Never Says’ took me about 4 months to fully create it. I put out “Lady In the Shadows” and “Speak of the Devil” as singles a while before tho haha.
2 — So, what was the initial concept for this record?
Initially, I wanted to make the entire album have a darker more mature vibe to follow my two singles. I eventually wanted the project to be more diverse to show I can capture different types of emotions.
3 — In your opinion, which track has the most memorable melody?
I would say “Back in Business” has the most memorable melody while “Lady in the Shadows” has the catchiest beat.
4 — Is the acoustic sound part of your signature style as an artist?
I LOVE THE acoustic sound and incorporating into Pop and Hip-Hop. I usually am not the biggest fan of putting myself in a box for genre but I would say I definitely say the acoustic melodies are part of my sound.
My favorite lyric would probably be “Lookin in the mirror and I see / the person staring in front of me / does he know who he is?” in “Speak of the Devil”.
6 — How many people participated in this project?
Me, the producer, and the two people I collaborated with! And, of course, the people in my life that sometimes spark inspiration. 🙂
7 — What’s one thing you could change about this finished album?
If I could change anything I wish I could have included the Lady in the Shadows Remix I’m currently working on. 😉
9 — What about upcoming music videos?
I definitely have a music video coming soon. I have an insane animated music video coming up for my song “Hypocrites”.
10 — Finally, why people should listen to ‘The Sun Never Says’?
People should listen to this album because it’s a lot about raw emotion and honesty. The project name is inspired by a poem by a Persian poet named Hafiz which discusses loving without expecting anything back. ‘The Sun Never Says’ you owe me. The project was meant to capture feelings like lust, infatuation, curiosity, confusion, harmless fun, impulsiveness, and ends with a message selfless love. I think a lot of people my age would relate to a lot of the songs because of the sheer frustration we all share in this aspect haha. Lastly, I have a diverse variety that could be Pop, RnB, Hip Hop, Latin Trap and more. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone.
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