On this episode of the Spotlight interview series, I speak with Imam, co-founder of Sekud Beats, an Indonesian EDM community label. Topics discussed include the niche but growing EDM scene in Indonesia, difficulties facing musicians in Indonesia and how crypto fixes them, the acute impact of high Ethereum gas fees on Indonesian DeFi traders, and some Indonesian musicians to watch out for.
The special guest on this episode of the Matthew & Rizzle Show is Hugo McDonaugh, cofounder of the NFT project Cryptograph. Topics discussed include: the background and origin story of Cryptograph, how Hugh convinced some of the biggest celebrity names including Paris Hilton and Ashton Kutcher to mint their first NFTs on Cryptograph, Ethereum scaling issues, and much more.
Rizzle and I spoke with Grow Your Base content creator & co-founder Steve McGarry about the origins of GYB, it's current growth strategy that marries crypto projects and their native digital assets with eager collectors and users, as well as the future of the NFT space.
For this week's Spotlight, I speak with Avocuddle and Lolaroses, the couple behind WhoWhatWearable, the leading authority on the NFT wearable world. Topics discussed include: the backstory behind WhoWhatWearable, tge future of virtual fashion, and digital identity in the metaverse.
On this Spotlight interview, /matthew speaks with the mixed media artist known as /headplant about his creative journey, the difference between creating professionally versus independently, his perspective on crypto art as someone who has not (yet) tokenized their art, and the luxury of creating. .
Matthew and Rizzle chat with Bullionix.io creator Jesse Johnson and dig into the gold-backed digital NFT minting project. They talk about a future with $DGX gold-backed digital wearables (!), the myriad partnerships Bullionix has been striking with artists and projects like Axie Infinity and the Moonshot World Cup in Decentraland, as well as their plans for a gold-backed digital future. Follow Jesse on Twitter @gldnXross
On this episode of the Spotlight, I speak with poet /Positioned about mechanical engineering (seriously), rap & hip hop, sharing poetry in public vs. private, as well as discuss why /Positioned has never been able to write poems about love.
/rizzle and I had the chance to speak with Alex, who heads up product and is a co-founder at Rarible about all of the experiments they've been running.
We cover the slew of updates they've pushed live since we spoke last in February, $RARI and their aspirations to set up a user-controlled DAO, plans to address the issues of wash trading on their platform, and what the future of Rarible might look like.
On this week's Spotlight, I speak with gif master edmotions. We discuss the unconventional path Ed took to becoming an animator, including long stops in music and film studies before diving into VFX in graduate school when he returned to Spain. Other topics discussed include: the perfection of imperfection, the differences between the large established creator networks like IG and Giphy and emerging creator crypto networks, as well as the immense potential crypto holds for creators.
Having been in the crypto space for as long as I have, I've seen and heard a lot of crazy amazing ideas. So it's not every day that I come across a concept that really makes my mind explode.
Well, I'm really happy to say that the conversation I had with /rizzle and Vii, CTO of the /Lendroid, last week was one of those mind-expanding moments. I'm still tripping off of what we talked about.
Over the course of our chat, we cover the origin of the Lendroid project and how it was carving out a niche for itself in the DeFi space before the word DeFi even existed by trying to completely reimagine the financial system and create new financial engines to provide access to human-centered solutions that regular people can benefit from.
But Lendroid wants to take things a step further by putting the rights to their work totally back into the artist's control. Artists can create tokens that are linked to a specific NFT artwork that, for example, grants print right access to the image of the token to facilitate licensing arrangements.
Through Lendroid's Rightshare framework artists can create cash flow tokens linked to future sales and royalty payments of their work as well as earned interest tokens that are tradable on the market from day one. They also created the concept of encumbered tokens that artists can use to trustlessly collateralize their artworks in exchange for a loan.
Lendroid Links: Website: lendroid.com/blog
This week I speak with creative technologist /hool about his playful yet deadly serious Rubber Dinghy avatars which themselves are just a piece of a much larger multi-player web browser augmented reality project.
We dive into his background as a 3d character animator, his focus on building out art.evolve, a project focused on bringing interactive 3d storytelling and digital asset ownership to the masses, and touch on the significance of the blockchain on digital art.
The background for our recording is that NonFunGerbils will be hosting the WIP meetup at their eponymously named HQ in Cryptovxels this Thursday to as a way to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the show, so as a way to promote that event and give proper attention to that significant milestone, we all agreed to hop on the mic together.
We do a lot of looking back in this episode to the pre-origin and origin stories of the NonFunGerbils as well as look forward to what's next for their podcast. And of course, we preview some of the epic events and activities we're planning together with the NonFunGerbils at this Thursday's WIP Meetup.
On that latter point, you're not going to want to miss this week's WIP. Afer updates from George & Luke, SoRare, NBA Top Shot and /blackboxdotart, the games will begin. Plural. We have a super fun game course planned before an absolutely bonkers scavenger hunt kicks off with a basket of absurd Gerbil-inspired NFTs up for grabs.
On this week's episode of the Cent Spotlight, i speak with the data scientist and generative artist hex6c. Topics covered include the epic story of how hex6c got to know both the artist duo Hackatao and crypto art, his groundbreaking academic research into the crypto art space, his takeaway after spending two months being accidentally quarantined with Hackatao in Italy, his creative process behind his generative artwork and much more.
Last week /Rizzle and I had the chance to record an episode of You Deserve a Drin¢ with Matty from DCLblogger.
I like to think of Matty as the unofficial mayor of the blockchain-based virtual world known as Decentraland (DCL) since he mainly lives and breathes DCL.
We discuss Matty's relationship to DCL primarily as an investor in digital land and talk about how his role has expanded to include significant community initiatives organizing in-world conferences and games like the latest Moonshot World Cup Tournament.
As I said, Matty is first and foremost an investor, so we dig into his philosophy behind investing and discuss some of the negotiating tactics that he employs in his buying and selling dealings.
Other topics touched on include the impact of whales on the NFT space, how the space can get to 100k users let alone 1 million users, the difficulty of explaining the NFT and blockchain-based VR worlds to "normal people." We wrap up trying to get open Matty's NFT wallet to see what's in his collection.
It was a pleasure to speak with Matty, and y'all should be on the lookout for more collaborations between the WIP and Matty heading forward, especially for folks who live in or nearby to Asia-Pacific timezones.
Check our DCLblogger at dclblogger.com. Cent post: https://beta.cent.co/+8vmzt6
/rizzle and /matthew spoke with Nich, product lead ar the wildlife conservationist focused NFT game, Last of Ours. Topics covered include: getting up to speed with where Last of Ours is in the development cycle, discussing how Covid-19 has impacted the development of Last of Ours, interesting thoughts behind digital identity and reputation, Nich's role in the female-led project funding focused DAO Meta Gamma Delta, and we finish up covering some of Nich's favorite NFT projects.
On this episode of the Cent Spotlight, I speak with artist and collagist /Lucidhouse.
We begin our conversation diving into Lucidhouse's varied career which saw him working at ad agencies, on B-rate movies in South Africa, at a game houses in the UK and touring all around Europe for eight years creating live videos to accompany house music DJs.
We also spend a lot of time discussing Lucidhouse's two main ongoing projects: Loopbomb and the Analogue to Digital Collage Series.
I really enjoyed this conversation, and I hope you all do too. If you like Lucidhouse's story and work, make sure you go $eed his account over on Cent.
The featured guest on this week's Cent Spotlight is artist and writer Richard F. Yates. Matthew and Richard cover a lot of ground in this episode. Some of the topics discussed include Richard's thoughts on remembering, creating as a form of time travel, note taking, creation as a game of simplicity, the xerox aesthetic prominent in his working, the impact of the Dank Rares podcast by Artnome (Jason bailey) + outreach from Makersplace on his journey into crypto art, the future of digital collectibles, and much more. Please enjoy.
Matthew and Rizzle spoke with Sid Kalla from TryRoll for this week's Special Interview. Long time listeners will recognize Sid as the very first special guest on the YDAD podcast nearly 10 months ago. And like last time, another great conversation is had. Topics discussed include Ja Rule (about a million times), growth numbers for Roll, some examples of surprise use cases like Alex Masmej's $ALEX crowd funding, recent VC interest and some awesome shots fired by Sid at DeFi.
This week it's just Rizzle and I on the podcast. It's been a while since only the two of us recorded an episode together, so we took this rare opportunity to take the time to reflect on the past ten months since we started recording the podcast together.
After talking about why we started recording YDAD together, we list up what we view as the top three trends in crypto over the past ten months, recount some of our favorite episodes, shout out Sid from TryRoll multiple times (while comparing ourselves to potted plants for some reason) and briefly touch on where we see the show evolving and the open questions facing the direction of the show.
On this episode of the Cent podcast, /matthew speaks with writer and published author /epicdylan about the novel he published on Cent entitled 'A Murder in Silicon Hills,' the significance and meaning of philosophy, and the special sauce that makes Cent tick.
On this Cent Spotlight, /Matthew speaks with the oil painter and chess lover /Mahekjain. They cover Mahekjain's creative journey, how she's created so much at such a young age, and dive deep into her passion for chess. Please enjoy.
For this week's special interview I'm bringing you the chat that Rizzle and I had with Leandro and Alegria. Leandro is co-founder of CryptoMotors, PixelChain, and Voxel Architects. Yes, all three of those amazingly high quality NFT projects. Alegria is head of community for CryptoMotors, PixelChain as well as Whaleshark's $WHALE social currency. We dive deep into all four of those projects, so if you are interested in NFTs and NFTland, this week's episode is a must listen.
Just in time for the weekend, I'm excited to release the conversation that /Rizzle and I had with /DeFiDad on the YDAD podcast.
We chatted about the Ethereal Virtual Summit that DeFi Dad helped lead a few weeks ago, the challenges and learnings of taking an IRL event and converting it to a virtual context, and (of course) we dive deep into /cryptovoxels, what makes it so exciting and the future of VR.
This was a super fun episode to record. You'll hear a lot of laughs.
Make sure you're subscribed to the YDAD podcast and recommend this episode to your friends.
And lastly, tweet this episode out with a personalized appeal for others to listen in for a chance to win some $WHALE.
The featured creator on this week's Cent Spotlight is the digital artist /Paola. I've long been an admirer of Paola and her work, so it was really cool to get a peek into her creative journey and find out, for example, how Barbie dolls and fashion magazines have influenced her digital work today.
Equally fascinating was discovering the pivotal role /dowdy played in onboarding Paola to crypto art and Cent.
Throughout our discussion, we also touch on what it's like for a creator to sell and price their work, as well as the resurgence of pixel art with the appearance of the NFT minting platform PixelChain.
I am so happy to share the latest Spotlight interview I carried out with VHS Artist /TheSarahShow, aka Sarah Zucker, with all of you. Sarah is a multi-talented artist who has traversed a fascinating creative journey. We dive into formative moments along her creative journey including a hilarious incident that occurred while Sarah was in 6th grade involving a gif of The Great Cornholio, a passion for photography and Lemography, and her move to LA. We dive deep into her process of conceptualizing a piece that ultimately will get put up to sale. Lastly, we wrap up on the rare digital art market and some interesting strategies that collectors and artists alike won't want to miss.
/j1mmy hopped back onto the YDAD podcast to talk with /rizzle and /matthew to announce the brand new NFT project, InfiNFT.
The trio dive into the weeds of InfiNFT starting with a lesson on pronunciation, before going over the technical details of how creators will be able to mint NFTs in a way that keeps all metadata onchain (on thr Arweave blockchain to be specific) and the epic list of initial artists that will be minting new work at launch.
After that, Jimmy shares all the other developments going on over at NFT42, including /Avastars and TokenSmart.
Hey everyone. /matthew is back with another Cent Spotlight. This week he spoke with animator Bryan Brinkman. The two discussed Bryan's rich and varied creative journey starting out working for an NYC advertising firm before transitioning to jobs at HBO, MTV, and most recently the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and SNL before veering off to talk about topics such as: art, value & perception, the future of rare digital art, different auction styles on SuperRare, and making posts on Cent that reveal the intricate process behind his recent works of crypto art. During the deep conversion Josie, Async.Art, Nifty Gateway, SuperRare, Matt Kane, and many others were mentioned.
Hey everybody! Matthew here. Rizzle and I had the chance to speak with James Waugh recently. James is the "lead" organizer of the RareAF (Rare Art Festival). Lead is in air quotes because, as anyone familiar with RareAF knows, the whole venture is organized around an ethos of decentralization. Nevertheless, James has been leading the charge in organizing the virtual version of RareAF, which is set to take place next week from May 14~17 in the NFT-based VR world known as Cryptovoxels. James talked about the origins of RareAF, some of the fantastic events, and 50+ speakers on deck, plus all the fun challenges associated with shifting an irl event into a virtual setting.
We are back with an exclusive interview with Connie Digital (who goes by /connie on Cent). @rizzle and I cover a lot of ground on this episode from Connie's infamous ability to be early to seemingly every burgeoning new scene, to plans that could see increased output from Connie in music and songwriting, his perspective on the state of blockchain-based VR projects like DecentralLand and Cryptovoxels, and we wrap up by reflecting on our meetup during NFT.NYC. Make sure you listen to the end for a very special and limited-time $HUE related announcement from Connie.
This week, /matthew and /rizzle speak with Seb and Nathan of The Sandbox, the user-generated VR game platform for the metaverse. Seb and Nathan unpack the various layers that form the platform of The Sandbox, the tokenomics of the project, the unique ways that the #PlayToEarn meme applies to LAND owners, game builders and regular players, and much, much more. Listeners of the YDAD podcast can win a piece of LAND in The Sandbox by tweeting out this episode and tagging @thesandboxgame, @bread_krumbs, and @nftland. The individual whose tweet gets the most re-tweets by May 1st at 1159pm anywhere on earth will win the LAND.
This week @rizzle and I sat down to chat with Drew Harding, co-founder and robot at The MetaFactory. If you are on crypto Twitter or are familiar with MetaCartel, you should have at least heard of The MetaFactory. MF is an auction platform for community owned brands and custom digi-physical apparel. In other words, it's the future. Drew talked about the origin story of MF, where it's heading, how artists like Twisted Vacancy, Alotta Money, Skeenee, Vans Design and more are starting their own community owned brands, as well as his views on the Metaverse. This is an extremely interesting project, and one you can actually invest in today if you are one of the top 42 investors in their initial Genesis Auction which is going on right now.
Every creator Spotlight I record is special. But this week's is really unique.
While the Spotlight this week is focused on the artist duo known as @Hackatao, my conversation was with the art curator Eleonora Brizi who doubles as Hackatao's authorized spokesperson.
Eleonora has solid art world bonafides having started off in the traditional art working for the renowned Ai Weiwei as his assistant.
She explained the role of art curators quite eloquently: To walk along the same path with an artist, speak for them while they create, and be their voices to explain their work for the world.
Art curators are essentially translators.
And over the course of our conversation, Eleonora translated the significance, process, and intent behind the amazing art of Hackatao.
This week Rizzle and Matthew speak with Caty Tedman, head of partnerships & marketing at Dapper Labs. Caty and Dapper Labs are in the process of building NBA Top Shot, a blockchain-based app that will allow fans to buy, sell, own and trade their favorite NBA plays and may end up becoming the first blockchain project to achieve mainstream breakout success. We talk about Caty's untraditional path to working at a tech startup like Dapper Labs which started with her working first at ESPN and then at the NHL and NFL, how Dapper Labs and Caty are aiming to bring the power of the Blockchain to the masses through projects like NBA Top Shot, her plans to accrue the largest collection of Serge Ibaka moments in the game and more.
The featured artist on this week's Cent Spotlight is @artbymitrai also known as Indrani.
Indrani has been one of the most active creators on Cent recently.
We discussed all of the work she has been creating thanks to Covid-19, her creative journey from physical art and watercolors to digital art, how she creates nearly all of her work on her smartphone, and we discuss all of the artists (and I mean all of them) that Indrani would like to collaborate with.
This week Rizzle and Matthew spoke with Jiho, co-founder and Head of Growth at Axie Infinity. Major topics discussed include: the easiest way to start playing Axie Infinity, the amazing Axie community, the significance of the #PlayToEarn meme, current partnerships with Maker & Kyber Network, and a special promise to listeners of the Cent Podcast who are interested in learning how to play Axie Infinity.
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