Co-hosts @matthew & @rizzle highlight and interview incredibly talented creators doing fantastic things on and around the blockchain startup cent.co. If you want to listen to an entertaining and balanced discussion on NFTs, crypto art, blackchain-based virtual reality, the metaverse, crypto games and whatever new innovation just popped up last week in crypto, this show is for you.
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[Cent Spotlight] Programing the Future of Art with Matt Kane
The VR artist GiantSwan is the guest on this week's Cent Spotlight. Matthew dives into Swan's journey from selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of horse goods at a corporate gig to joining his favorite band and creating VR art for them. Although Swan is a prominent figure in crypto art today, he only came on the scene in December. The two unpack that aspect of his creative journey and look ahead towards what's next for Swan and his art.
Rizzle and Matthew sat down for a chat with Alex, PM at the NFT minting platform and marketplace Rarible. We covered Rarible's long-term ambitions to become a marketplace of marketplaces, touched on potential decentralized solutions to the copyright issues that have been flagged by others and dug into the popular 'Unlock' feature that Rarible introduced.
I'm excited to share my recent talk with Osinachi, a one-of-a-kind artist who is sharing compelling visual stories using *checks notes* Microsoft Word.
Osinachi called in from his flat tucked alongside a bustling thoroughfare in Enugu State, Nigeria.
He shared his creative journey from writing to discovering how to draw figures in Microsoft word and the process of finding his unique voice as an artist. We also talked about the present and future of Nigeria, Osinachi's future creative goals, and other Nigerian artists and creatives to keep an eye out for.
A few weeks ago, right before @AsyncArt went live, @rizzle and I had an early peek into what @conlan and his team were building.
We were lucky to have the chance to listen to @conlan himself give us a presentation explaining Async.Art top to bottom: from an overview of the crypto art landscape, to what Async Art does, and how it works (including fee & royalty model).
We hope our convo will help folks ubderstand just how innovative Async.Art is.
This week's Cent Spotlight is on the digital artist Matt Kane. Matt is on the cutting edge of crypto art both from a technical perspective (he literally coded the programs he uses to create his one of a kind digital works of art) as well as being one of the space's most profound thinkers. We dive into Matt's background as a traditional artist, what motives him creatively, his unique relationship with his collectors, and how he creates databases of his art so that future artists can reinterpret them. Please check out Matt on Cent at https://beta.cent.co/@MattKane and SuperRare at https://superrare.co/mattkane
Hey everyone. I'm back with a surprise bonus episode that I just recorded with Jason Schadt, aka MC Vandal, to mark the launch of his new single, Toss A Coin. We talk about that fire track, but we also dive into his plans for DAOrecords and the potential that DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations) hold for musicians, the broader music industry, and fans.
Hey everyone. This week's Cent Spotlight is on the science fantasy (not science fiction) digital artist, @AstroZach. The two of us talked about how his past as a fashion designer helped him find his passion as a digital artist who is creating otherworldly works of rare digital art. We talk about the tools that folks new to crypto and crypto art need to be aware of to find everything they need to know and discuss the perspective behind each of AstroZach's works that stands in for the meaning of the work.
This week's episode features digital artist @SphericalArt aka Paul Peterson. Paul joined Cent just a month or so ago, but he made an immediate impact on me with his thoughtfulness and eye-catching work.
As his handle implies, Paul is a master of sphere-based digital art. What isn't implied is his decades of experience as a digital artist, storyboard artist, medical illustrator/animator, and 3D product visualizer who just found out about blockchain-based rare digital art.
Anyone active in digital art or curious how to get started will find a ton of value in this episode where Paul shares his creative journey along with all the tools and processes he employs to make his fantastic creations. Links of individuals or programs mentioned in the podcast:
Gmunk, the designer who got Paul interested in his creation process - https://www.linkedin.com/learning/gmunk-s-3d-rendered-geometric-art-series-start-to-finish/gmunk-s-3d-rendered-geometric-art-series
The 3D program Paul uses - https://www.foundry.com/products/modo
A free 3D program anyone could use - https://www.blender.org
The After Effects plugin Paul uses, plus some amazing and humorous tutorials: https://www.videocopilot.net/products/element2/
Collaborator - @bucwah (on IG)
Jim McNelis aka @j1immy aka DappWizard is well known for doing an immense amount of work to shore up the NFT space for centuries and centuries to come.
He's the creator of Avastars, the new on-chain metadata project trying to find a solution to ensure digital collectibles and art remain viewable forever.
@rizzle and @matthew had an extemely entertaining chat with Jim about Avastars in addition to digital identity and his mis-understood love for crypto art. Follow @j1mmy on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dappwizard?s=09
Follow @Avastars on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AvaStarsNFT?s=09
Join the Token Smart Discord at https://discord.gg/gUBnwx
Each artists' backgrounds are like a creative fingerprint, every one is unique.
Diving into those individual stories is a huge part of why I love recording these Spotlight episodes. Case in point, my guest this week: @MicahJohnson.
Micah is a former major league baseball player turned artist who recently fell head first into the crypto art space. I'm extremely excited to share our conversation, which I've broken up into two parts.
In this first part I ask Micah to share his background, creative style, thoughts and impressions on crypto art and insights into how the worlds of sports and art are more closely related than they might appear.
Silhouettes are stories. Real, profound stories.
When I first came across @dowdy and his work, I was struck by how much his silhouette heavy art seemed to say to me.
We spoke about his evolution from silhouettes to focusing on POC in his work, what it's like being a new crypto artist on the scene, theories on pricing one's art, what quality art is, and more.
As a collector and fan, I was looking forward to speaking with Dowdy for a while. I hope you enjoy listening to is as much as I did recording.
The buidl is strong with @KnownOriginio (KO) yall. Based on my chats with artists in the space and after talking with most of the platforms, I can say that there is a special excitement and energy surrounding KO that's quite unique.
Last week @rizzle and I had a really candid chat with James Morgan, co-founder of KO, about insanely exciting topics like how to achieve mass NFT adoption, v.2 of the @DAOSaka Crypto Art DAO, their work on creating an NFT lending & rental smart contract and more.
Thoughtful. Profound. Spiritual. And talented.
Those words best describe the Centian Spotlighted this week. This week, @matthew had the pleasure to speak with @UeBen, a lens-based artist out of the UK. The duo talked about Ben's sublime art but also veered into much more in-depth topics such as Zen Buddhism, spirituality and traditions, Aztech stargazers, crypto art collecting, and more.
Please enjoy this week's Cent Spotlight.
The non-fungible token space is going through a massive period of growth and experimentation. When it comes to leading the way for that change, the growing number of platforms are out in front. This week @matthew and @rizzle had the chance to interview both Nate Geier & Caroline Wend from the NFT minting & selling platform Mintbase. Not all platforms are created equal, and Nate walks us through the importance of Verified Contracts when it comes to NFT minting solutions, the current limitations of storing all NFT image metadata on distributed file sharing solutions like IPFS (and skepticism of companies claiming they rely entirely on it), as well as their plans to form a Minters DAO to help shepherd in a new era of community hosted and stored data. This episode may seem a little more technical than usual, but that's because Nate, in particular, tried to give as much detail as possible to clarify the current state of the NFT space and its infrastructure.
On this Spotlight, @Matthew talks with crypto artist @ClayCal303 about his creative journey to crypto art, the surprising role (or lack thereof) that psychedelics play in Clay's art, his thoughts on high volume minting of crypto art, the value of the Cent platform and more.
Opensea CEO Devin Finzer took a chunk of his day to chat with Cent's @matthew & @rizzle about his background, experience working on the growth team at Pinterest (with former guest of the show Dannie Chu of @makersplace), what it's like building the "Google for NFTs" that's cleared $10,000,000 in volume, efforts to help ferret out fraudulent actors on the platform, and more.
@Matthew spoke with meme Engineer turned Crypto Artist for this week's Cent Spotlight. The two talk about Neel's journey to becoming a Crypto artist, his process, philosophy on when a work is complete, and a hot take on the current state of Crypto art.
The other week @rizzle and @matthew had the chance to speak with Marble.Cards co-founder Johan Unger. If you've been following Cent or crypto Twitter recently you'll recognize that MarbleCards is in the middle of a controversy concerning digital art, IP rights and crypto tokenization. While this episode may not change your mind, I'm sure you'll walk away with a much more nuanced understanding of the project and team behind it.
We talk about the origin story of MarbleCards, the gamified Marble.Cards Arena, how new sites get whitelisted for marbling, what happens when sites/artists don't want their content to be marbled, the value proposition of Marblecards and more.
Did you know that the mayor of @CryptoVoxels is on Cent? His name is @conlan. @matthew spoke with him right before New Years. Their conversation touched on his background coding up DeFi bots, his passion for crypto art, the virtual city he's been building in CryptoVoxels, and his latest NFT-related project, Scribe.
This week @matthew and @rizzle spoke with SuperRare CEO John Crain. They covered John's crypto progression from NY Bitcoin Meetups to a stint at Consensys and the background behind founding the crypto art marketplace, SuperRare. Listen in for juicy crypto art metrics, upcoming updates, how the HOLD & FOMO memes apply to NFTs as well as discussions about hard decisions like implementing a new attribution policy.
Listen in to another great conversation with a truly unique creator on this week's Cent Spotlight. @matthew talks with the gritty, punk- and pop-inspired collagist @missslsimpson. The two dig into where her style originated, thoughts on the burgeoning cryptoart movement, a tight list of some of the amazing creators on Cent as well as how a new creator can get started in cryptoart.
Today I'm happy to bring you a conversation that @rizzle and I had right before the holidays with Dannie Chu, founder and CEO of @makersplace. We talk about the formative years he spent at Pinterest as an early employee where he focused on growing the user base there into the hundreds of millions, his first encounter with crypto and of course everything that MakersPlace is doing to create a fun, creative and trustworthy destination for both cryptoart creators and collectors.
Welcome to the season finale of the You Deserve A Drink podcast yall. It's been a pleasure to have all you join us on this beautiful experiment.
To close out 2019, @rizzle and @matthew have put together a tight light recap of 2019 on @cent plus both of their predictions of what to expect in 2020 aka the year of the NFT
Merry Christmas yall🎅🎉🎄 After you've opened all your presents and after you've stuffed your faces with all that tasty holiday food, crack open this podcast and enjoy.
We have a packed show this week, full of hot takes and critical looks at: the TryRoll + Uniswap integration, a devil's advocate view of CryptoArt and more.
@skeenee shares his background, creative journey, and his drive to manifest new ideas in his art. @matthew also talks with @skeenee about how he combines forms from both the real and virtual worlds in his creations in addition to his collaborations with artists like @mera, @mlibty, and @blackboxdotart as well as the amazing things he's working on to educate more creators about cryptoart. Please enjoy our talk.
On episode 14 of the You Deserve A Drink, @rizzle and @matthew cast a critical eye on both social money as well as @cryptovoxels to highlight the current states of both projects. No hype, just balanced evaluations based on first-hand use.
Of course, the duo shout out a ton of awesome posts on Cent too.
@matthew interviewed not one, but two amazing creators for this week's Cent Spotlight: @AlottaMoney & @Jivinci. This duo made waves both when they released their Saint Nakamoto NFT to the marketplace and when again when it sold for around $1600. This Spotlight is a behind the scenes look into the background and creation of Saint Nakamoto as well as a preview of the future of the blockchain art space. Alotta and Jivinci aren't only incredibly talented artists, but they are very deep thinkers as well. Stop by cent.co for a full transcript and to join in the conversation.
On this episode of the Cent Podcast, @rizzle starts off by sharing his experience (including a hilarious and beautiful(?) mistake) in @cryptovoxels over at The Cent-er build that @BlackBoxDotArt so kindly let him use. From there we discuss BBDA's amazing Cent post entitled The Case For The Collector-Curator before moving on to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the term #CryptoArt.
The other week @matthew spoke with @WGMeets for the Cent Spotlight. The two had an incredibly insightful conversation and chatted about @WGMeet’s fascinating journeys as both a creative and in crypto (listen close for the absolutely hilarious TRON jokes), his creative process, how he creates his fractal works, and his numerous collaborations with a focus on his recent project with @MLIBTY. The talk concludes with an epic dhout out list of amazing artists in the crypto space and on Cent who are making major moves including: @MLIBTY, @mera, @astrozach, @abysms, @NeelYadav, @mightymoose, @Lazarus2571, @BlackBoxDotArt, @missalsimpson, @alottamoney and RobnessCyberpop (who isn't on Cent, yet). I hope you all enjoy this chat as much as I did.
@rizzle and I are excited to share our first, but definitely not last, Special Interview that we'll be doing with the teams and projects in the crypto creative space that Centians are using and talking about.
Today we're stoked to share an interview we recorded with Mr. Sid Kalla, co-founder of the social currency-focused TryRoll project. Sid is a super sharp thinker and he gave us a very candid glimpse into how he is thinking about TryRoll today and heading into the future.
On this week's show, @rizzle and I dive into the recent controversy surrounding the fake digital art that made its way from the now blacklisted Editional app to OpenSea. [Note: we recorded this episode before it was clear how the blacklisting of Editional art would actually be implemented by the various sites, including OpenSea].
That discussion led to talk on crypto KYC, blockchain-based identity solutions, fraud prevention solutions on the part of NFT marketplaces, potential IP-related issues concerning digital art and an attempt on my part at clarifying what @connie meant in his recent headline post entitled Artists who tokenize on their own personal verified smart contract can always prove authenticity.
Of course, throughout our chat, we shouted out numerous Centians who are sharing great work on Cent.
On this episode, @matthew & @rizzle spend a nice chunk of time talking about the Cent product focusing specifically on potential updates for bounties on Cent and changes for sorting. After that, they cover all of the amazing collaborations that are springing up within crypto on Cent, CryptoVoxels and other places between artists like @mlibty, @BlackBoxDotArt, fans and projects like Mintbase.
On this week’s Cent Spotlight, @matthew was joined by a really special person. They're probably one of the most positive presences on Cent.
Originally they were an encaustic artist, but they're an all-around pioneering creator and an intrepid digital explorer. It's incredible that they only recently started dabbling in digital art. Their work is truly enrapturing. It's intensely intricate, extremely delicate, and visually stunning.
The guest this week was @BlackBoxDotArt aka Sparrow.
The had a really amazing chat about her name, her creative philosophy, crypto art, and the broader crypto art community.
Episode 10 of YDAD is chock full of sharp takes and piercing insights from @matthew & @rizzle into the best of Cent, crypto art and the biggest new trends in crypto.
The two focus on suggestions for future crypto art shows and review the recent developments of social currency aka artcoins.
The Crypto Art Show LA wrapped up last week, and this week @matthew was able to speak with the man who made the whole thing possible, @MaxOsiris.
The pair had a deep, far-reaching chat about the LA show and about the crypto art space as a whole.
We start the show off by diving into the Cent+CryptoVoxels Art Tour, touch on the lessons learned from Secret Cent which is our crypto art giveaway, muse about what @MaxOsiris' LA Crypto Art Show will be like and talk about the wearables that are now a thing in CryptoVoxels.
The Cent Spotlight is an interview series with the amazing creators on Cent.co. On this installment of the Cent Spotlight @matthew interviews crypto artist @MattiaC. Learn about who @MattiaC is, his scientific approach to art inspired by Bruno Muneri, how he came across the Cent platform and much more.
On this week's episode of You Deserve A Drink, @matthew and @rizzle dive into the The Cent CyptoVoxels Art Tour (CAT), share a trivia question for the CAT + YDAD Social Money Giveaway, reveal more details on the Secret Cent event that will be tied in with the CAT, and discuss their favorite posts on Cent over the past week.
The Cent Spotlight is a show that highlights the best creators on Cent. This week @matthew interviewed @Lazarus2571, a briliant and deep-thinking crypto artist. The chat about @Lazarus2571's multi-varied artistic style, the break and evolution of the digital art world from the off-line art world highlighted by projects like @CryptoVoxels, a mind blowing idea for a potential digital work of art in CV, who some of our favorite crypto artists are including @mattiac, @mlibty, @abysms, the last Spotlight with @n0shot and we wrap up with a pretty funny talk about how we try to onboard new folks to crypto.
On this episode of You Deserve A Drink, @rizzle and @matthew dive deep into a couple of topics thar are at the forefront of many Centians minds like buying #CryptoArt on all the major marketplaces and the continued adoption of the social money phenomenon. We wrap things up by focusing on community and talking about some amazing Cent posts.
On this week's installment of You Deserve A Drink, @matthew talks a little about what it was like at Devcon V aka "The country club of crypto." Then @rizzle talks about his...hilarious struggles leading up to finally cracking the latest #n0quest puzzle that @n0shot put together along with @puffin and @skeenee in @CryptoVoxels. Finally, we both then talk about the growing number of female creators like @misssalsimpdlson, @onyxmermaid, @blackboxdotart, and @banjoclara who are making Cent and even better community, because, well, "Cool shit knows no bounds."
@rizzle and I get this episode started by discussing the Social Money phenomenon that @connie, @skeene, @mightymoose, @mera, and several others have been getting involved in focusing on the deep collaboration aspect between fan and creator.
From there we talk about the amazing quests that @n0shot has been putting together over on @cryptovoxels and how we feel that is going to prove key for bringing more mainstream users to Cent and crypto.
Then I shout out @blackdotboxart and discuss the amazing work another user created on her CryptoVoxel plot.
In this meaty 30 minute chat, host @matthew and guest @n0shot talk about @n0shot's concept-driven design philosophy, his favorite design tools and programs, the fantastic #n0quests he's been spinning up on @CryptoVoxels, the community on Cent and much more.
This week I had the chance to speak with @kaiviti, whom many already know is the proprietor of the CryptoVoxel based Crypto Corner Cafe (CCC) where digital artists such as @connie and @n0shot are currently featured, while we were both inside the CryptoVoxels world.
We speak about his goals and aspirations with the CCC plot, the idea of potentially featuring the You Deserve A Drink podcast in the cafe, shout out some of the artists he wants to feature in the CCC in the near future including @skeenee and @mera, and finish up with a preview of a new update that'll go live on Cent in the next week.
This episode is a bit of a grab bag. First we start off talking about non-cryptoart NFT projects like @marblecards, CryptoKitties (plus kittyrace.io and kittyhats.co), 0xUniverse, My Crypto Heroes plus a million and one shitty CryptoKitties knock offs. We wonder if @johan could explain more of the mission behind @MarbleCards and touch on @sinkas' back-to-back sales of two of his MarbleCards. Next up we look at the burgeoning world of crypto VR.
There have been several stellar recent additions to Cent that have hit the ground running from their very first posts.
@goldkey is one of those people. I had the pleasure of synching with @goldkey the other day to talk about how he honed his graphic design and gif making skills.
Turns out the man hadn't made any motion graphic gifs until after he joined Cent. He was simply inspired by the amazing community here on Cent.
The chat I had with @goldkey left me inspired, and I know it'll leave you all inspired too.
@rizzle and I kick the episode off talking about the super thought provoking post from @slunk entitled 'Forever alone in crypto'. From there we lock in on the early signs of non-crypto communities starting to pop up like @mshep17's fantasy football league recruitment. And @rizzle drops a bomb of an idea: Secret Centa. It's a good one.
On this week's episode of You Deserve a Drink, @rizzle and @matthew riff on the State of Cent.
We talk about all of the #CryptoArt on Cent and link that convo to plans for #TheNewCent.
We shout out some of the Centians we haven't seen in a while including @DavidSiler, @ByteLong, @Joel, @zubs, @remedude, @127kgs, @pajeebear, and
I also talk about my top three favorite posts from the previous week from @connie, @blank, @dejure
This week I had the great fortune to lock down a couple of minutes to chat with the incredibly deep and wise @djliethalskillz.
We started off talking about his childhood growing up amidst the civil war in Lebanon and hoe he was able to escape the sound of bombs and war through hip hop.
sound of bombs and war through hip hop.
From there we branch out into how Skillz came across crypto and blockchain, the various projects and communities in the space that he has been active in and we finish up with a discussion of #TheNewCent along with a few suggestions for how Cent can become a real home for other musicians.
In the first episode of season two, @matthew is joined by new co-host @rizzle. The two dive right into discussions about CryptoArt, CryptoVoxels and the future of digital art by pulling on the real life examples of fellow Cent users like: @n0shot, @javo, @Coldie3D, @skeenee, @mattiaC, @mlibty, @spontanert, @LoveArtHate, @pet3rpan, and of course @connie.
A quote from the recent New Yorker piece on the moderators of HackerNews sets the tone for the community theme this week.
In this sub-5 minute episode, I look back at the first ever Cent Global Chat live meetup that took place last week, shoutout a fresh Super Mario-infused example of Cent fan art and touch on the next iteration of the YDAD podcast.
New Yorker Link: https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-silicon-valley/the-lonely-work-of-moderating-hacker-news
This is the first ever podcast version of the Cent Spotlight series. On this episode fellow Centian @Rizzle does a reverse spotlight on @matthew, the creator of the Cent Spotlight and the one who is usually asking the questions. For more details and an edited transcript, check out https://beta.cent.co/@matthew
In this episode I lead off with a quote from Danny Meyer before talking about the idea of introducing a 'Certified Creators' designation on Cent and my upcoming podcasts with @Remedude and @Rizzle as part of the Cent Spotlight series
I discuss @ClayCal303's recent post on 'Centronicities' or moments of syncronicity that occur often on Cent, reflect on my lack of activity in the reply section of my own posts and set a date/time (21 August 2019 @ 6pm PST) for a live meet up in the Cent Global Chat
This week I read a quote from Lewis Mumford's 1961 'The City in History' that shares strong parralels with points made by Sonal Chokshi about the future of podcasting that she made on the most recent episode of the Software Engineering Daily podcast. [Link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/2019_08_09_a16zPodcasting.mp3]
Weekly quote on practice by Hans-Georg Gadamer --> Cent and practicing at living a digital life that can unlock an alternative way to live in the real world --> Buying crypto art as a form of practicing towards living that digital life --> Recap of last week's Cent Spotlight with @MLIBTY and teaser of this week's Spotlight with @rizzle