- 220 KID and Billen Ted, the musicians behind the viral remix of “The Wellerman” turned their top-chart positions into NFTs.
- Nathan Evans, who first popularized the music on TikTok, additionally did an NFT final month.
The English musicians who made a killing by remixing The Wellerman (Sea Shanty) right into a chart-topper are promoting 1,400 NFTs to completely etch their success into the Ethereum blockchain.
“The success of The Wellerman remix has been a life-changing and insane transition that hasn’t been grounding,” one of many musicians, Tom Hollings, informed Decrypt, “however NFTs may assist us visually course of all of it.”
The Wellerman, an previous whaling music, went viral final December after Scottish mailman Nathan Evans posted a rendition of the song on TikTok. A month later, three UK musicians, 220 KID and duo Billen Ted (of which Hollings types one half) published their remix of the music, amassing 120 million Spotify streams and 1.5 million international gross sales.
After a music video final month, NFTs are 220 KID and Billen Ted’s subsequent enterprise. They’re promoting 1,400 tokens to commemorate the success of their remix in a number of European nations. The NFTs hyperlink to a brand new 14-second dance monitor and an image of a whaling ship, below which is scrawled: “[Country Name] Quantity One.”
Evans gained’t get any reduce of the NFT gross sales as a result of he already tokenized the song last month with the digital artist Jonathan Monaghan. “[Evans is] an unique, and we have got our personal remix model,” Hollings informed Decrypt. It’s like “totally different events,” he stated.
220 KID has been “obsessed” with a bunch of crypto-related Telegram and Discord channels, he stated. “I’ve all the time type of hated the traditional finance trade, and crypto appears extra of a pleasant group,” he stated. “Everybody’s so good!” He has invested in just a few tokens however he isn’t relentlessly “shilling” them—besides to Hollings.
“As an artist residing alone, I want any manner I can create one thing and join with individuals around the globe,” he stated. NFTs, or crypto typically, provides a brand new crowd “with quite a lot of attention-grabbing buzz,” 220 KID informed Decrypt.
A mutual good friend of theirs helped them tokenize and set a worth that appeared honest, however the “ETH worth is consistently shifting, and so not too long ago we have been like, oh wow it’s gone up rather a lot?,” 220 KID stated. To date they’ve bought 3 NFTs for 0.2 ETH every, right now value $450.
A number of the proceeds from gross sales will fund 220 KID’s scholarships for high-achievers from minority and ethnic backgrounds at Exeter College, and a few will go towards the Royal Nationwide Lifeboat Establishment (RNLI), a charity. RNLI is near Tom Hollings’ coronary heart; he grew up within the English seaside county of Cornwall. And with out boats, you wouldn’t have The Wellerman.