Charles Hoskinson, the founder of Cardano, is working with legendary electronic dance music (EDM) DJ Paul Oakenfold to premier his next full-length album titled Zombie Lobster on the Cardano blockchain. Alon Shulman, a dance music entrepreneur and the CEO of Starship Universe, unveiled this news on September 27 during the Cardano summit stage in Laramie, Wyoming. Reportedly, every element of the album, including the cover art, tracks, and sleeve notes, will be added to Cardano.
Reportedly, this deal will also see Starship Universe release thousands of music-inspired NFTs on the Cardano blockchain. Hoskinson said he understands how the blockchain can better support the music business from here on. According to him, learning about the electronic music industry and how the blockchain can underpin the sector has been a revelation.
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Understanding how a blockchain like Cardano can benefit producers and managers like Alon Shulman, artists like Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox, organizations like Universe and labels like Awesome Soundwave and Perfecto and the scale of what they achieve will enable us to connect our technology to their creativity.
Bullish about this partnership, Oakenfold said times have changed. He pointed out how platforms used to be for trains, how clouds were in the sky, and how socials were places people would dance. However, technological progress has given all three words new definitions. He added that the synergy with Hoskinson makes anything within their imaginations possible to achieve.
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Commenting on this collaboration, Shulman, who is a multi-award-winning festival, club, and live experience promoter and producer, said connecting with the Cardano founder had been eye-opening. Shulman added that he realized he sees eye to eye with Hoskinson, regarding the direction they each want their industries to take.
He further noted that integrity is the result of striking the right balance between commerciality and credibility. According to Shulman, it was easy to notice that he and Hoskinson share a vision centered on inclusivity and sustainability.
Before Oakenfold and Starship Universe, Billy Gibbons, the frontman of renowned rock band ZZ Top, chose to auction his NFT collection through Cardano (ADA/USD). Reportedly, the auction offered NFTs of digital music in a 30-second original jam session by the rock n’ roll icon. Bidding was in fiats, and buyers of the NFTs had the option to pay in either fiat currencies or ADA, Cardano’s native token.
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