Any of you following our recent coverage regarding NFTs and cryptocurrency will know that we have an interest for developing trends and news within the rapidly developing digital asset space.
Since one of our first articles – The Dawn of NFTs, we have covered this rapidly evolving subject from a few angles. One of the more interesting slants has been looking at artists minting an NFT within electronic music, the effects it will have on record labels moving forward and wondering just who would be the first to take a leap of faith.
Welcome to the fray, Pig & Dan and Gregor Tresher ahead of their carbon-neutral ‘Soulcatcher’ NFT drop this evening. We got the chance to speak with the techno hotshot trio and question them regarding the release and their reasons for entering the space.
Hello guys, welcome to Mr. Afterparty.
Q: How has the collaboration with Gregor come about? Who was the driving force behind it?
After celebrating a successful first collaboration on Adam Beyers Truesoul imprint, we decided to see if our synergy went beyond and the rest kind of flowed into place. This time around, we ventured a little further out genre-wise and stretched our musical wings. The outcome is a pretty retro-sounding journey with some rough-edged tunes to add that balance to the whole LP.
On the 16th of June, we will release the title track off the 10 track album SOULCATCHER
Q: With the crypto world having such a big impact on the environment, was this one of the most important factors in choosing the blockchain?
Obviously, we felt it was essential to work with a carbon-neutral Blockchain, we, after all, have had years of making pretty large carbon footprints due to extreme travel agendas touring globally, and it’s the very least we could do to try to make sure we do as little harm to Mother Nature as possible.
Q: What benefit do you feel an NFT has over releasing on the standard record label?
I don’t feel it’s better or worse. It’s just different. It’s about the merging of visual and audio art, and at the end of the day, that makes them differ. We will be releasing these tracks for stream only projects with Truesoul in July so people can hear slightly shortened versions of the audio. NFT for sure empowers the artist in a more direct way whilst offering something more unique however labels are still essential to the way we deliver music to the masses.
Q: What special additions can we expect to be revealed on the NFT? Is there an emphasis on the visual element?
This is a 4-minute journey that plays with the senses. We wanted to make sure the focus was just as much on the visual aspect.
We have created a lottery ticket pricing structure that we felt was fair. We are offering the chance to win our NFTs from just $11 for the edition of 111 and $33 for the edition of 33, which includes the full-length DJ version as a download.
Q: Is this a one-off release or will we expect to see more Pig&Dan and Gregor minted NFTs?
Oh yeah, we have another, this is just the beginning of what’s to come… Watch this space
Q: Tell us about the forthcoming Album, Is there a particular standout track for you and why?
Although it all fits under the same umbrella musically each track is pretty unique, I wouldn’t like to point out any at this stage because that’s up to you “The owner or listener” to decide. We all have our favourites but we will leave that up to you to decide what yours are.
As NFTs become less expensive to create for an artist, we foresee several other world-renowned producers joining the crypto party and will continue to follow and report with keen and open eyes.
Pig&Dan and Gregor Tresher ‘Soulcatcher’ NFT is available from 8 PM (CET) tonight at Blockparty.