A lot of people, myself included, are trying to wrap their heads around non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and how they actually work. When I was asked to interview Sammy Arriaga, a country artist who was successfully using NFTs to promote his music, I was interested.
Sammy Arriaga is a Cuban American born in Miami. While his father occasionally sang and played the guitar, he discovered his love for music on his own. He has been writing songs and downloading instrumentals from the internet since his early teens. He taught himself to play the guitar by watching YouTube videos.
“It wasn’t until I went to high school that I knew music was my calling,” he reports.
In 2011, at the age of 18, Arriaga tried out for “American Idol” and made the rounds of Hollywood before settling in Nashville to pursue her country music career. After “American Idol”, he attended college in Winter Park, Fla. He stayed there for about four months when he realized that college was not for him.
“I packed my car and made the crazy move to Nashville,” he confessed.
Arriaga knew some of the songwriters he met through Facebook, so he let them know he was there. He met these like-minded friends, and he made some introductions for them that steered the singer/songwriter in the right direction.
He recalls, “It was enough for me to take the reins from there and write with everyone I could. It had been five years of writing and singing songs in every bar I could meet on stage. “
Initially, he wrote songs to showcase his talents, but as he deepened into the co-writing culture, he realized that sometimes his songwriting ideas would be better suited to another artist.
And while I love “country” versions of modern country music, Arriaga is proud to incorporate parts of Cuban/Latino upbringing into her music as well.
His quirky song “Country Side” is right up my alley. But his songs “On God” which is about the search for true love and “Cold in Miami” which is about missing someone showcased the artist’s true songwriting abilities. And “Something We Can Dance To” fully reciprocates its Latino roots in a country dance song.
His song “Just Another (The Pickup Line Song)” and his personal favorite, “Take My Phone”, are songs that the younger generation of pop-country fans are naturally attracted to because they are experiencing the same situations. .
Her latest single, “Metagirl”, is the one she chose to promote with NFT. He was in a chat room with some of his friends who regularly buy and use cryptocurrencies.
He explained, “They were joking and said, ‘You should write us a song about crypto and NFTs.’ He agreed and went to Google to research the proper terminology. He married those words with his knowledge of the melody and “Metagirl” was born.
Once they sang the song in the chat room, the group liked it and encouraged them to tokenize the song.
They learned that you can create any type of art, a photo, video, music, anything that can be shared digitally, and tokenize it on the blockchain. Blockchain is not something you can touch, rather it is the life source of the Internet.
Even traditional artists who draw on paper and paint on canvas can hyper-scan their work in a high quality format and sell their scanned art as NFTs Huh.
Arriaga explains, “People are able to use the Internet to crack the code and build their own software, images and databases. The way you sign up for something like Amazon Prime and get an email saying you’re now a member of Amazon Prime, that’s what I tell people there’s an NFT. It is a digital record that you are the sole owner of that digital asset, except to tokenize it. It’s a real JPEG.”
Arriaga embedded her song “Metagirl” into the 3D Anatomical Beating Digital Heart NFT. He did an acoustic cover for YouTube, but the fully constructed version can be heard when you buy the NFT. The song itself takes the hip-hop pop genre more to town and is a Web3 love song about a metagirl in a blockchain metaverse. The lyrics fit perfectly into the NFT distribution method of Cyberpunk songs.
When NFTs are put into the metaverse, only a limited number will be available for purchase. If you buy NFTs from a relatively unknown artist who eventually becomes super famous, you have the potential to make a huge profit.
“Essentially, it is a digital trading card,” Arriaga confirms.
In Arriaga’s case, she sold over $250,000 worth of her first musical NFT, selling her collection of 1,500 Metagirl digital hearts in less than two months. The NFT itself serves as the key to a tokenized gated experience that gives holders access to exclusive recordings of Arriaga, merchandise, music videos, interviews, personal performances, pre-sales for future projects, and much more. .
Web2By cutting out the many middlemen in art and music, “NFTs are bringing value back to all types of art and reigniting creators to pursue their passions without fear by allowing them to retain ownership. We’re so early in this space that it feels like we’re in a renaissance,” Arriaga said. “I’m humbled to be an early adopter.”
Now that Metagirl NFT is sold out, Arriaga is looking at releasing the song to streaming services to help increase the value of the original NFT and provide access to the song to a wider audience.
Arriaga plans to release future music via NFTs. He’s looking for the “perfect marriage between what I’m doing on TikTok, Spotify and Instagram, but at the same time a digital asset that can allow my fans to grow in my music journey.”
What impressed me most was that his friends who are investors in cryptocurrency encouraged him to write the song. Due to his ability, skill and finesse, he was able to write a perfect song and pitch it in a new, cutting edge format to an eager fan base.
He continues to play and sing locally, but is working on his next crypto collection with a new unreleased song titled “Pixelated”, which also takes on the theme of Web3 Love.
He explains, “It will have a whole collection of profile pictures of random images accompanied by music. However, this time the song will be produced in 15 different versions. An original version of the song will be accompanied by 14 other new versions. They will be randomized throughout the collection. You won’t know what song or artwork you get the first time you open a pack of trading cards.
He hopes to have a new song for fans next month.
The independent country singer is one of the first to bring Web3 to the forefront of the Nashville music scene and is empowering other artists to explore the space as well.
Other country artists who have recently launched NFTs include Tyler Rich, Parker McCullum and Michael Ray.
Arriaga owns all of his music and has reinvented his career and established an engaged and loyal community through the power, creativity and innovation of NFT – and he empowers other artists to do the same.
“The time for the independent artist is now. I don’t mind if there’s no label saying you have ‘star quality’. No one should be doing this with a signature or a mindset to be famous,” said the Miami-born singer. “Artist friend: We have no excuses now. We have all the assets needed to do this. Get to work, quit the bitch and share your art. You may be sitting on a gold mine and you don’t even know. Thanks to the power of Web3, we’re going to be able to enhance the music experience by bringing back the old school ‘fan club’ and spraying the future on it.”
I am very excited to follow his career as I think he is doing something that will change lives for artists everywhere.
You can follow Sammy Arriaga on his website, Instagram, Linktree, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube, and all streaming services.
Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. you can follow him blog, instagramAnd Twitter,