2X Grammy Winner Illmind Launches First-Ever Music Producer NFT Community Powered by Moonwalk.
Squad of Knights is a metaverse + NFT-based music producer community that unlocks, incentivizes and gamifies musicians coming together.
Illmind, a two-time Grammy award-winning producer, has launched Squad Of Knights, the first ever NFT and metaverse-based artist and music producer community, focused on connecting and mentoring up-and-coming musicians.
Brooklyn-based Illmind has produced music for some of the rap and hip-hop world’s biggest names, like Ye, Drake, Beyonce, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar.
Powered by Moonwalk, Illmind’s Squad Of Knights hopes to provide thousands of music creators and visual artists the tools, incentives, and mentorship needed to collaborate virtually and IRL.
Ramon “Illmind” Ibanga Jr said “finding people to work with is tough. Finding the RIGHT people to work with is even tougher. In the age of social media, it’s still extremely difficult to connect and share creative energies with other people.”
“The Squad Of Knights NFT Project is a long-term journey to solve this problem and put the focus back on real human-to-human connectivity, bringing together amazing industry partners from the music and technology community.”
The project includes:
The NFT Collection - the Squad of Knights collection of programmatically generated NFTs is focused on helping members nurture long-lasting relationships in music, design, and the creative arts. Each NFT gives holders exclusive access to an ongoing series of highly curated experiences and events, focused on helping members nurture long-lasting relationships in music, design, and the creative arts.
The Utility Wallet - Using the power of blockchain and Web3, the project allows NFT-holders to access custom/private “members only wallets'' powered by Moonwalk where members can see their Squad NFT(s), $KNGHT Reward Token balance, unlock challenges, redeem Tokens for prizes & experiences, form squads, attend IRL invite-only events, book IRL studio time and more.
The Metaverse - The collection will unlock access in the Squad of Knights metaverse in Spatial, where the community can come together to share NFTs and experiences in a beautifully designed virtual space, integrated and unlocked with the Moonwalk wallet.
Illmind x Web3
According to Decrypt, despite Illmind’s success, he remains incredibly grounded and sees NFTs as a way to make the music industry a better place for all artists.
In his interview with Decrypt, Illmind said that “being a music producer, everything we do is digital … right now, we’re going through this issue of copyright infringement, DMCAs, ownership of certain sound packs,” he said. “So when I heard about NFTs, and hearing that it was sort of like this way to provide authenticity for a digital file, I was immediately curious … and then I decided to release an NFT of a sample pack—of an audio pack—which is basically a collection of 10 original melodies.”
That NFT sample pack sold in February 2021 for 4.5 Ethereum (about $15,700 at time of publication). “It was insane because sound packs go for like 30 bucks,” Illmind said of his first NFT sale.
NFT Community Benefits
“Essentially, what I’m doing is incentivizing and gamifying the experience of musicians coming together to make music together, getting to know each other, and building lifelong relationships,” he says. “And I’m rewarding them for doing it”, said Illmind in an interview with Genius.com.
Producers and artists in the Squad of Knights community can look forward to the following benefits:
Gain access to thousands of music creators & visual artists waiting to collaborate
Gain entry to all Squad Of Knights events in real life and in the metaverse (24/7 access)
Participate in additional $KNGHT Token games, challenges and functionality
Participate in the CLASH battle experience in real life and in the metaverse
Choose a “ROLE” and become part of a 6-person (or more) SQUAD to collaborate on music together
Enter any and all challenges to earn $KNGHT Tokens
Maintain 100% ownership of all music created
Gain access to sound pack tools from the community “808 Chest”
Gain access to collectibles, merch, accessories and experiences in real life + the metaverse
Receive exclusive airdrops
Join Q&A’s with industry professionals
Book studio time at various locations to create music with squad members
For more info:
NFT collection - website
Decrypt - interview
Genius.com - interview
Opensea - collection
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