By now, you’ve probably seen plenty of celebrities with profile pictures showing a bored monkey like the brazilian soccer superstar Neymar Jr.., Or maybe he came across a tweet from actress Eva Longoria asking him followers of women-led NFT projects. Many celebrities have become curious about what NFTs or non-fungible tokens are and why so many of them are investing in the crypto art space.
Latin music stars have been making waves in this world lately, so mitu reached out to Mexican icon Thalia, Colombian producer and entrepreneur Lex Borrero, Nigerian singer and producer Daramola to discuss their NFT debut, favorite collections and upcoming projects.
Thalia has been a prominent member of the NFT community, sharing her knowledge on Twitter spaces; Lex Borrero is a NFT pioneer by generally betting early on projects that are now becoming popular; Nigerian Latin music producer Daramola has his own NFT collection AND album fall soon.
First of all, how did you hear about NFTs?
Thalia: I heard about NFTs a few years ago. But I fell in love with it when I saw a Clone X via my Instagram feed, I follow Murakami and became obsessed with the image. It was something about Clone X collection that reminded me of my childhood, and that brought back good memories through these avatars. So I became obsessed with trying to own one and because of that I went down the rabbit hole of the world of NFTs, Crypto and Web3.
Lex Borrero: I’ve been following the crypto, web3 and NFT movement since its inception.
Daramola: I heard about NFTs quite early last year when the Beeple hype started to become a thing, but I didn’t fully get into it until July last year.
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What’s the best advice you would give someone just getting started in the NFT space?
Thalia: The NFT world is still in layers and it is developing and growing every second of the day. It creates different ecosystems, where people see a special niche where they belong.
1. You must inform yourself, inquire; you should do your own research before impulsively jumping into project collections or any of the (1/1) projects.
2. Get to know the community that belongs to the NFT project you love. This will tell you if they have invested to profit from it or if they really want to grow and help this specific ecosystem in the years to come.
3. Don’t spend money that puts your finances at risk. In other words, if you plan to go to the movies with your whole family or want to buy a nice pair of shoes or a nice bag, then instead of doing it, you can play with it and get to know the market. of cryptography. Open a “wallet” and play around until you feel comfortable with the idea.
Lex Borrero: Don’t do it as a quick cash grab. If you really want to learn for the long haul, get into the community and be part of it.
Daramola: I would advise anyone looking to enter the space to be as open-minded as possible. It’s quite shocking to hear that people are selling JPEGs for over $10,000. I would also advise them to go to Twitter and follow people in the NFT space, jump on “Twitter Spaces”, which is the Twitter equivalent of clubhouse, and finally, DYOR better known as “Do Your Own Research”. .” There are many fake scam schemes with people looking to make a quick buck, so research is very important.
What are some of your favorite artists and collections right now?
Thalia: I’m attracted to women’s projects like World of Women or Women and Weapons that have a solid following, and they seek to empower women, not in the short term but in the long term, in my opinion. I also gravitate towards that of an artist. They are great pieces with heart and soul, and you get to know the artist.
Lex Borrero: Bored Ape Yacht Club, Doodle, Fluff, Alien Frens, Robotos.
Daramola: Right now I’m very interested in DeadFellaz, Robotos, Rug Radio Rugs, Robopets, which are on the Ethereum blockchain and Thugbirdz, Catalina Whales, ChillChat Origins, SOLgods which are on the Solana blockchain.
How do you think NFTs can help the Latin music industry?
Thalia: This is definitely another expansion of music history, if you think about it, a long time ago people were buying long-playing records, then music evolved into cassettes, soon after, music CD, then MP3 files, [to] streaming services these days, and that’s just one more step for the music industry. It’s exciting because we’re just the tip of the iceberg, there are endless possibilities for music, video, film, photography and art.
Lex Borrero: This can certainly create a new source of income.
Do you have any upcoming NFT projects, if so, what can you tell us about them?
Thalia: My head is exploding with projects! Not just as an artist, singer, actress, entrepreneur, to bring my world into the metaverse, or NFT ecosystem, but also as an illustrator and photographer in a unique environment. There’s so much to explore here, but for me the most important thing right now is getting to know the community. They are amazing! I’m in love with them! I try to use my Twitter spaces to connect and create a bigger platform for everyone to collide, learn, meet and grow stronger by doing it. That’s what excites me the most right now, getting to know these amazing people.
Lex Borrero: Yes, but we can’t announce yet!
Thalia, what Was your experience like working with Mexican designer Pablo Stanley to create Robotos inspired by your signature looks?
Thalia: It was a total surprise! I met Pablo through a mutual friend and from day one he was so generous and loving. He guided me and taught me NFTs. He was so excited that I got a Roboto and I was so excited that he was Mexican, so right from the start it was a great combination.
A few Robotos later, he surprised me with a “La Thalia” Roboto outfit for my avatar and for his entire community, just to give me a welcome to the NFT world! Immediately her entire community dressed up as Thalia and it was such a beautiful and unexpected surprise. I am so happy that people like him are building a strong space in this world, serving as an example to others.
Daramola, your own NFT collection is on the way, what can you tell us about this project?
Daramola: Yes, I am and I’m extremely excited about it. My new album is currently in the works and it features some pretty well known names in the industry. I create a digital booklet with one art per song on the album, in addition to creating a PFP project based on the main character of the album, offering my NFT collectors the opportunity to claim the Vinyl version of my album, and finally giving live metaverse concerts and listening sessions. So I give a lot of utility to the bearers of my NFT.
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