In this episode of the gm Podcast, M. Shadows, the lead singer of Avenged Sevenfold, discusses the band’s innovative use of NFTs and AI in their music and fan engagement. He shares insights into the band’s Deathbats Club NFT collection, the potential of AI in music creation, and the importance of community in the Web3 space.
- Early Adoption of NFTs: Avenged Sevenfold launched a Deathbats Club NFT collection in 2021, providing fans with early access to tickets for their 2023 tour. This move was aimed at familiarizing fans with Web3 technology.
- AI in Music Creation: M. Shadows sees AI as a tool that can spark ideas and provide a starting point for creativity. He is open to the idea of AI creating music in the style of Avenged Sevenfold, with the distinction between AI-created and human-created music being authenticated on the blockchain.
- Community and Web3: The band’s Deathbats Club has fostered a strong community among fans. M. Shadows emphasizes the importance of community in the Web3 space and the potential for fans to create their own versions of songs.
- Future of AI in Music: M. Shadows believes that AI will not threaten the livelihoods of musicians but will instead serve as a tool that artists can work with to create music more efficiently. He also stresses the need for future business models to be artist-friendly.
- Bullish: M. Shadows expresses a positive outlook on the integration of AI and blockchain technology in music and fan engagement. He sees potential in AI as a tool for creativity and believes in the power of blockchain for authentication and community building.
- Neutral: While he acknowledges the potential challenges and ethical considerations surrounding AI and music, he does not express a negative sentiment towards these technologies.
- Bearish: No bearish sentiment was expressed in the podcast.