DJ Steve Aoki Launches Ethereum NFT Membership Club: “I’m Building My Own World”

In short

  • DJ and artist Steve Aoki is launching an Ethereum NFT membership club called A0K1VERSE.
  • Aoki’s NFT Passport holders will have access to various benefits, including concerts and live and metaverse events.

DJ Steve Aoki has been both a leading creator and collector in the NFT space over the past two years. Not only did he sell his own works of art and announced a Solana market with cartoonist Todd McFarlane, but he also collects bored monkeys, CryptoPunks, and other valuable projects. Now he’s taking his next big step into the NFT space with A0K1VERSE.

Revealed today, A0K1VERSE is a Ethereum Membership community focused on NFT, like a state-of-the-art Steve Aoki fan club. Collectors who hold the A0K1 NFT Passport can get exclusive access to live and virtual concerts and other events, a private Discord server with access to Aoki himself, future metaverse events and other benefits.

aoki said Decrypt that the A0K1VERSE project has been in the works for eight months and is designed to integrate the different parts of his creative life, from music to NFTs, fashion and more. He said the goal was to provide utility to fans and collectors over a long period of time and to reward them for their commitment and contribution to the community.

“When I started my label when I was 19, I was part of my own community of members, but it was punk,” Aoki recalls. “It was like we had our own little clique. We did our little thing.

“One thing I learned from all of this,” he added, “is that the more you contribute, the more respect you get. The type of contribution you make to the community or club is where you are most valued.

Manufactured by Manifold

A0K1VERSE and Passport were created in collaboration with smart contract startup Manifold, which powered inventive Ethereum NFT drops from Fortune and Mad Dog Jonesand funding raised of Andreessen Horowitz and others in October.

Each NFT passport can be upgraded using A0K1 credits, of which a total of 25,000 will be issued as ERC-1155 NFTs.

As holders participate in community events and accumulate more credits – and even combine multiple NFT Passports – the Upgradable Passport will earn stamps and can even level up, unlocking access to additional benefits.

Steve Aoki’s NFT-driven A0K1VERSE is coming. Image: Steve Aoki

Existing Steve Aoki NFT holders will be able to redeem A0K1 Credits for free (minus transaction fees), more there will be a presale for holders of some other projects, such as Doodles, Adam Bomb Squad, 0N1 Force and TIME Roomsmore the NFTs of the musician 3LAU.

Manifold co-founder Richerd Chan celebrates turned down a $9.5 million offer for his own CryptoPunk last October – says Decrypt that an NFT-centric membership club changes the dynamics of a typical celebrity fan club structure.

Normally, Chan said, a musician or artist just pushes content to fans, and it’s a one-way street. With NFTs, holders can choose to pledge if they wish, will earn additional benefits for participating and contributing, and can even sell and move on if they wish. It also aligns incentives between artists and holders, he said.

The Aoki Passport will also be interoperable with other creators’ NFT projects, Chan said, allowing other builders to support and grow the ecosystem around it. “Steve will bring on other partners to create these different universes which will be interoperable with the Passport itself,” he added.

In the A0K1VERSE

For Aoki, the A0K1VERSE helps cultivate his most dedicated fans while tapping into his enthusiasm for NFTs and the metaverse before. In December, Aoki was announced as a partner for the upcoming Metaverse game, The sandboxand will have its own foreground in the game world, much like rapper Snoop Dogg does.

“Now we’re on the next level,” Aoki said. Decrypt of his metaverse plans. “What is the future of what the community looks like? [It’s] definitely in the metaverse. It’s definitely in Web3and certainly in NFTs.

The metaverse is still in its infancy, but people are spending billions of dollars on NFT collections, and hundreds of millions on virtual earth in The Sandbox Decentralized, and other games. Even now, potentially years before the metaverse corresponds to Facebook’s elaborate vision and others, Aoki said there was a burgeoning race to begin building and defining the space.

“The amusement park hasn’t even opened yet. We’re building it, and whoever has the best rides will have the most people coming to have fun and be entertained, and be a part of that culture,” he said. “That’s what excites me. I am building my own world with all my friends and partners who have been on this journey.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated after publication to clarify that A0K1 credits are to be redeemed by NFT holders, rather than airdropped.

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