Channel Tres: "NFTs are a way for artists to connect with different fans"
Channel Tres and omgkirby partner for a first-of-its-kind, generative NFT drop
Channel Tres has built a reputation for infusing his love for classic house and soul with an irreverent West Coast aesthetic. The Compton-born artist takes things to a new level of imagination by teaming up with omgkirby, Web3’s king of lofi, for a unique music drop. Together they will mint 5550 generative NFTs that consist of a unique song and corresponding animation that combines the strength of both artists.
What makes this drop even more unique is that full IP ownership (i.e., complete publishing and master’s rights) of each song is transferred to the collector. The song can then be used, re-used, and remixed as the NFT holder sees fit. Want to upload it to Apple Music as your own? Go for it. Want to use the track as the opening score of your new YouTube project? Yes, you can. Want to have bragging rights that you’re the proud owner of a Channel Tres/omgkirby original? Go ahead and let the world know. Collectors obtain a unique piece of art with all the endless opportunities that come along with it.
It’s an exciting new venture for Channel Tres and possibly the start of more Web3 releases. I sent Channel a few questions via email to gain a bit more context about the drop and his partnership with omgkirby.
Arjan: How did the partnership with omgkirby come about? What is it about omgkirby's Web3 art that you found compelling?
Channel Tres: During the pandemic, I started paying attention to the Web3 space and it was cool to see artists connecting with their fans in a different way when they couldn't tour. Omgkirby was the first Web3-based artist I found that felt authentic to me. It felt like a real artist project rather than a company in the space.
You will be releasing 5550 unique, generative music NFTs that collectors can use and re-use as they wish. What was the process like to develop the generative algorithm to craft 5550 songs? Was it a daunting task, or mostly a fun process?
On my end it was pretty easy, my team at Godmode helped collect stems of my music, and then omgkirby made magic with them.
What's your overall take on Music NFTs? Do you find it an exciting new format to create for?
I do. I think it's a way for artists to connect with different fans who may not have encountered their music before.
What are some people in the (Music) NFT field that you look up to? Why?
It's been cool to see Cherie Hu’s [@cheriehu42] Water and Music grow. It's helped me understand the space more.
Do you plan on doing more in the Web3 space in the future? Are you a collector yourself?
I hope so, once I get back from tour. Not yet but excited to get into it more.