Five-five-five elements!

It’s been awhile since I announced anything on here, but the truth is I never stopped creating 😁 I went underground, to be sure, and stopped streaming and playing live for awhile. But I had some technical problems with my streaming setup that made it difficult to stream without significant capital investment. Enter: NFT.

NFT is the Magical Key to the Metaverse

Despite taking a break from public life, I have still been grinding in the studio. I’ve also been learning the arcane art of minting music NFTs to unleash a torrential storm of dope new content. Content that you can own, trade, and maybe in the future rent out or even use as collateral for loans.

Helloooo Metaverse and NFT!
I’d hodl your NFT any time, wink

In addition, I am researching ways of providing exclusive perks by holding my NFTs in your wallet. For example, if you hold a “Ryan Cohen’s Wild Ride” NFT, you’d unlock a NFT-holder only page. That page gives you download access to the song at any time in any format you choose (FLAC, WAV, MP3-320). Holding the special “shiny” version of the NFT would earn access to a special “member’s only” page. Keep in mind, this is all in the research phases, so it may be awhile before implementation.

Some (not all) of my NFTs will additionally represent the copyright associated with my music, giving you the ability to listen to, remix, combine, or otherwise repurpose my music and yes… release and monetize it in any form you choose. These special edition 1/1 “rightshodlers” editions of my NFTs would give you the explicit legal right to use my work as long as you share 50% of the revenue from said work with me (DJ Robzilla).

A New Frontier

I’m still fleshing all this out in my head but I’m really excited to be able to offer these new services to y’all. And at a much cheaper cost to myself than if I didn’t use NFTs. People often ask, “What is the use case of NFTs even?” And for me as a musician the answer is clear. Streaming services take a huge cut of streaming revenue, likewise for iTunes and Bandcamp.

View of the NFT Metaverse
A new fantastic point of view

By releasing these songs as NFTs I am able to save a ton of money on paying for expensive middlemen. And when you trade my NFTs on public marketplaces, I automatically get a cut of said revenue. This is a win-win. You get a tradeable asset and can support my music by selling your copy if you ever want extra cash.

And since I’m saving all that money, I can pass on the savings and still make just as much from my art as before. I don’t want to be one of these people selling their music for 1 MILLION DOLLARS or something ridiculous like that. If you think it’s worth that much go ahead and resell it for that much. But I’ll price my initial releases closer to what you would expect to pay on iTunes for a song.

More Than Fancy, Expensive JPEGs

NFTs are so much more than fancy expensive JPEGs. They enable a host of new use cases that we as artists are only just tapping the surface of. As such, I am excited to release four proof of concept NFT Interactive Music Players that hold 1-2 songs each. Each player is a limited run of various rarities listed below.

Behold: NFT collectible tracks!

Ryan Cohen's Wild Ride NFT
Ryan Cohen’s Wild Ride
2 LRC, 1000 Minted
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Doomsday Algorithm NFT
Doomsday Algorithm
2 LRC, 1000 Minted
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Ryan Cohen's Wild Ride (Shiny) NFT
Ryan Cohen’s Wild Ride (Shiny)
20 LRC, 100 Minted
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Nifty Music NFT
Nifty Music
20 LRC, 100 Minted
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Click any of the images above to fill out the corresponding order form and get your NFT (while supplies last). Please send the indicated quantity of LRC to djrobzilla.loopring.eth to get your NFT. Keep in mind you can only experience the full interactive nature of the NFT inside the GameStop wallet. However, you can still hold the NFT in your Loopring wallet until you have GS Wallet set up.

Thank you for your support DJ Robzilla fans! Join my Discord community for early dibs on free NFT drops and more.

Peace!

Holy crap so much has happened in the last couple of months that I completely forgot to update y’all on my newest releases! On January 1st I released “2020 Can Suck It” and just about a week ago I also announced the February 1st release of my upcoming beat tape: “Chonky Fonk“! So yeah, lots of new beats to keep you occupied until the next drop. You can listen to a preview track from “Chonky Fonk” and pick up “2020 Can Suck It” right now at music.djrobzilla.net

BUT THAT’S NOT EVERYTHING. Now you can also snag a VIP Membership to DJ Robzilla’s music! For $3/month, you get all my latest beats a full two weeks early before anyone else plus a free beat tape of your choice from my Bandcamp catalog once per month. And for $10/month you get access to select stems for my beats when they are available PLUS ask a question in my Discord channel or Bandcamp community section and I’ll respond with a video answer! Up to 2 videos per month per person.

Watch this video for a overview of VIP benefits

Keep it chonky indeed.

 You heard me right… I just released a new beat tape for the first time in, well… ages. It’s been a long time coming but I am BACK in full force with more music planned for quick release soon. So def stay tuned to my website and/or Patreon for further news on even more releases!

This newest beat tape is a compilation of beats I have made in the last few years. I have a ton more where this came from so don’t sleep! Tons of boom bap drums and smooth sample-free synths.

I am making this album available under the Creative Commons as well, so feel free to download, remix and share! You can stream my beats on your Twitch stream, use them in your YouTube videos, or anything else you want as long as you credit DJ Robzilla and link to my website at https://www.djrobzilla.net somewhere in the description of your video or stream.

Today, my homie Marley the Messenger recently released a brand new music video: Flo State. As per it’s title, it’s a track about entering the “flow state”. The flow state was first recognized by Hungarian researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience“. Flow is a state of uninterrupted focus that increases energy, attention, memory retention, and can even mold the brain to be more efficient. To set the stage, Marley chose a Yoga studio called Aurora Healing Arts to film the party and meditation scenes in the video. Although now closed, the memory of this amazing space will live on through this music video. Enjoy, hip hop fans!

Another year, another amazing Pirate Camp! If you aren’t aware of it, Pirate Camp is an annual event thrown by the Never Say Never Foundation, which is a nonprofit dedicated to helping amputees. Once a year they gather together to foster a sense of community and belonging among  this inspiring group of people, by teaching amputee children nautical survival skills, sailing, and teamwork.

After all their hard work on the high seas, Never Say Never serves dinner and then throws a MEGA DOPE PIRATE PARTY!! The above audio recording is an hour excerpt from the dancing portion of the night, after the awards ceremony ends.

Which, speaking of the awards ceremony… it is always a completely mind blowing experience seeing the heartfelt generosity of the Never Say Never crew bless kids with new sports prosthetics. They enable them to walk, run, play sports, and even swim. This year, they even gave out their first prosthetic hand with articulated fingers, made with a 3-D Printer. 

It is absolutely stunning how Never Say Never is changing people’s lives.
Pirate Camp is a place full of compassion and togetherness, and I am honored and humbled to be able to participate every year. Please enjoy this VERY special recording!

The homie Marley the Messenger has just released his new music video, “Think Before You Speak”, and just as I suspected… IT’S A BANGER. I myself just saw the final version about 5 minutes ago, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. If you aren’t already aware, Marley the Messenger is one of the emcees I endorse and perform with at hip hop shows across the Southeastern US.

I even have a cameo in the video starting at 2:05!

A few months ago I played at Summer 72’s Silent Disco, and had an UTTER BLAST. I must say, the Summer 72 festival was one of the best organized, most fun and engaging music festivals I have been to in Gainesville… probably ever. 

And the Silent Disco was the cherry on top. This was for real my first time doing a Silent Disco, so I was a bit nervous… not really knowing what to expect. But once I got started, I REALLY enjoyed the format. Being locked away in my headphones let me focus on my mixing and crowd engagement in a way that can be difficult when the club is lit and the speakers are set to 11.

Besides that, I had the good fortune of checking out Zach Deputy’s set, and BOY is that dude a rare talent! If you’ve never seen him, he basically uses his custom designed looping setup to create improvised jams that are always surprising and incredibly danceable. If you ever have a chance to peep his set, I HIGHLY recommend it.

And I don’t wanna forget to give a shout to my homies from Locochino burnin’ down the other Silent Disco set on the main stage. Bananas! But for real, the other DJs and acts were fire too… Dillon Rose, Electric Kif, Anubis… what a night!