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2024 Trends: What the World Wants to Hear in a Web3 Music World

2024 Trends: What the World Wants to Hear in a Web3 Music World

Web3 technologies is quickly reshaping how artists connect with fans, manage their careers and redefine the industry’s future. As the leading pioneering force in this decentralized music world, Gala Music sits at the forefront of these changes. 

We’re proud to give tomorrow’s most compelling musical artists a new way to build their careers and get rewarded for all their hard work. With our help, the future of music is not only empowering to the artists who share their souls and the fans who make it possible, but borderless, giving musicians from across the globe new opportunities to participate in music’s rapidly rising ownership economy.

Today, let’s look through the lens of Gala Music to explore some of the top trends of 2024—Specifically, Latin Urban music, Afro Beat, and Collaborations.

Latin Music Hits Web3

Rich with dynamic rhythms, vibrant cultural roots and heartfelt songwriting, Latin music is experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity all around the world. Artists like Bad Bunny and Karol G have especially demonstrated the massive global appeal of Latin Urban, paving the way for new Latin artists in the web3 space.

In 2023, Latin music had a second consecutive year as the fastest growing US music market, reaching a massive $1.4 billion in revenue, 16% growth over 2022. Additionally, according to 2023’s US Latin Music Revenue Report from the Recording Industry Association of America, Latin music accounted for its highest ever market share within US music at a massive 7.9%. SOURCEArticle

Emerging artists on Gala Music have clearly recognized these trends, actively engaging with the platform in 2024 to mint and distribute their tracks as NFTs.

Explore Latin Artists on Gala Music

Brray – Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Brray, known for his work in urban, hip-hop, and trap genres, is enthusiastic about the web3 space with Gala Music. He values the new opportunities to connect with fans and has collaborated with stars like Bad Bunny and Ozuna.

Dvice – With his NFT track drop of “Hablame” (feat. Anuel, Bryant Myerz, Juanka, and Lyan), Dvice brought a global smash hit into the web3 music world, with over 13 million streams on Spotify alone.

These are just a couple examples of the wealth of Latin music you’ll find on Gala. Thanks to Gala Music, Latin artists from all over the world can enjoy new opportunities to preserve the authenticity of their sound while retaining significant control over their creations. If you haven’t yet, start exploring the wide variety of Latin sounds on Gala Music today. 

Afrobeats: Pulsing Through the Veins of Web3

Afro Beat’s infectious energy and deep cultural resonance have found a new home in web3, where artists can leverage platforms like Gala Music to reach an international fanbase without the traditional barriers posed by mainstream music labels. The genre’s growth is supported by its communal roots, which align perfectly with the decentralized and community-focused nature of web3. Platforms like Spotify have reported a 2000% increase in Afrobeat listeners over the past decade, signaling a ready and growing audience for this genre.

For the last decade as contemporary streaming platforms have risen to prominence, Afrobeats has swept the world with popularity. In a Q&A for Aljazeera from mid 2023, Spotify’s Chief Executive for sub-Saharan Africa offered some valuable insights on the rising popularity of the genre and its impact on the worldwide music scene, referring to Afrobeats as “one of Africa’s biggest cultural exports.”

Thanks to Afrobeats’ embrace of streaming tech to reach worldwide audiences, it’s no surprise that the genre has already found a comfortable home in the emerging world of web3 music. Gala Music is thrilled to host a variety of Afrobeats artists, providing them a new way to reach global audiences with these infectious and uplifting sounds.

Explore Afrobeats on Gala Music

Waje – Lovingly known as “The Voice of Africa,” Waje’s music exudes soulfulness and electricity. Her sound seamlessly blends Afro fusion with soulful melodies, incorporating Afro beats that reflect her cultural roots. Through her music, she expresses the highs and lows of her African experience, showcasing a constantly evolving artistic journey.

N8tive – This South East London performer of Nigerian descent was exposed to a variety of musical influences. N8TIVE does an excellent job of providing his audience with stories about his life, upbringing, heritage, identity, and emotions while retaining captivating hooks, clever lyricism, and opulent flows through his masterful vocal delivery.

Collaborations: The New Frontier for Artists on Web3

Collaborations have always been a staple in music, bringing together diverse sounds and audiences. In 2024, web3 platforms like Gala Music are taking this to the next level by facilitating easier and more transparent collaborations across borders. 

Blockchains and smart contracts encourage collaboration by their very nature with self-enforcing contracts, automatic payments and reduced need for trust. By utilizing smart contracts, artists can automatically split royalties, ensuring fair compensation without the need for costly intermediaries looking to take a cut. The platform’s ability to connect artists globally not only encourages creative partnerships but also amplifies their reach and impact, as seen with recent hits that blend genres and cultures.

Already in 2024, Gala Music has seen a wide range of collaborative track drops, many of which cross genre borders to create truly unique pieces of music. For example, check out the special extended version of “Swear,” by JK Mac and YoungBoy Never Broke Again.

Join the Revolution at Gala Music

As these three trends explored above demonstrate, the future of music is vibrant and incredibly diverse. Gala Music is not just a participant but a leader in this revolution, offering a robust platform for artists to engage directly with their fans through NFTs, live performances, exclusive releases, All Access Experiences and much more

By joining Gala Music, artists have the opportunity to thrive at the forefront of the music industry’s transformation, which has already begun. When we look at the fact that the most popular and rapidly growing genres in the world today are already establishing themselves within web3, we can get an idea of where music is headed in the coming months and years. The future of music is decentralized, with more ways than ever for artists and fans to empower themselves and join the movement. 

Artist Upload for Success

Our revolutionary new self service portal allows Gala Music artists to manage their own releases with minimal friction. If you’re making music, you’ve done the hardest work already and we don’t want you getting wrapped up in red tape when all you want to do is get your music into the world. 

Start here by applying for a Gala Music artist page of your own. Once approved, you’ll unlock the ability to start dropping your own NFT tracks, naming your price and tapping into the thousands of eager listeners awaiting your jams.

Whether you’re an artist looking to explore new frontiers in your career, or a fan eager to support your favorite musicians in a more impactful way, Gala Music offers the tools and community to make that possible. Join us today and be part of shaping the future of music, one track, one collaboration, and one beat at a time.

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Live from NeueHouse Venice Beach

Join us for a special live stream video event from NeueHouse Venice Beach: “In Conversation: The Future of Music + Web3. It’s happening tonight, May 2nd, starting at 6pm PT exclusively on Gala Music.Tune in for special performances and great discussions about the industry’s future from leading music professionals. Read the blog

Live Tonight from NeueHouse Venice Beach: In Conversation with Gala Music

Live Tonight from NeueHouse Venice Beach: In Conversation with Gala Music

Get ready to dive into the future of music and Web3 with Gala Music‘s upcoming live event at the exquisite arts and culture venue, NeueHouse Venice Beach

Titled “In Conversation: The Future of Music + Web3,” this exclusive event is powered by Gala Music, promising an evening of enlightening discussions and intimate performances in person exclusively for NeueHouse members and invited Gala Music VIPs.

You can experience this transformative evening of web3 music yourself through our dedicated live stream, presented exclusively through Gala Music (platform and mobile app)

Watch LIVE at 6pm PT

Event Details

  • Date & Time: Thursday evening, May 2nd 2024
    • 6pm – 7pm: Panel Conversation
    • 7pm – 8pm: Unplugged Performances

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Taco (Matt Griswold), the Community Manager for Gala Music, the panel features influential voices from the intersection of music and Web3:

  • Emily Lazar from September Mourning: The first female metal/hard rock musician to mint and sell an NFT.
  • Carlo Fox: Co-owner of Indie-Pop and a pioneer in integrating music with Web3 technologies.
  • LaTasha: A noted Web3 music artist who has spoken at several high-profile Web3 events.
  • Amelia Daly: Head of Partnerships of Solana Foundation and advisor for Gala.

Live Performances

Post-panel, enjoy incredible  performances by:

Each performer will showcase their unique talents in a 20-minute unplugged set, creating a personal and immersive experience for all attendees and live stream viewers.

Live Stream Access

This live event begins tonight at 6pm PT. You’ll find the NeueHouse live stream exclusively on the Gala Music platform and the Gala Music mobile apps.

Anyone interested in the cutting-edge convergence of music and blockchain technology will be glad they tuned into this event. Whether you’re a music lover , a Web3 enthusiast or just curious about the future of entertainment, there’s something here for everyone. Join us for an evening that looks to redefine the music landscape.

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Mayhem3: The VOX Invasion

Mayhem3: The VOX Invasion

VOX has always been a unique presence in the Galaverse… our little voxel friends have hopped in and out of different properties and games over the years, but VOX really are bigger than any one project running on GalaChain. VOX were created on the idea of cross-utility and giving users a metaversal ‘VOXsona” to use wherever VOX are found! 

So this brings us to May Mayhem. Project Cerberus is still under development… but VOX still want to create a little Mayhem! 

This is the line of thinking that led VOX to hatch the perfect invasion plan across GalaChain. VOX are coming to your favorite competitions on the chain over the next month… can you satisfy the high demands that VOX put on competitors to achieve voxel glory!?

Weekly Incursions

VOX will be rolling out new Proto-Vox NFTs throughout the month, along with some other VOXish surprises.

Each week, the Great Council of VOX (The VOX are insisting we address the council as “VOX Populi”) shall choose one ongoing competition and sweeten the pot with a small supply of digital treasures. The council is watching to observe our progress… don’t let them down!

Week 1 (May 6th- May 12th) will see VOX rewarding the greatest competitors in Common Ground World… well, the greatest competitors based on VOX-logic. They aren’t after high placement on the leaderboard… oh no. In this contest, they are looking for the players who have sold the most Bicycles.

Why Bicycles, you may ask? Your guess is as good as ours. Trying to understand the reasoning of VOX is like a human trying to understand what it is to be dog.

Oh! And speaking of dogs, want a cute fluffy of your own!? Well, not exactly fluffy. VOX don’t have fluff… but it is a super cute doggo!

Finish in the top 100 of total Bicycles sold in the week 1 competition in CGW, and the glory of voxelated good boy could be yours!

Your beautiful new VOX pupper is a ProtoVOX (more on ProtoVOX coming soon!) that you will be able to use in Project Cerberus. Adopt him now and you’ll still have time to housebreak him before launch!

VOX Endgame

Each week of Mayhem there will be a small amount of the weekly prize given out. A lot of the items from this week will be Mayhem exclusives that you will not have a chance to get any other time.

If you don’t manage to place high enough in the competition you’re after, there will be another chance though! At the end of the month, VOX will put all the items they’ve given out into a special Mystery Box. This will give everyone one last chance to get in on the invasion!

Don’t want to leave your dreams of canine ownership up to chance? Now is the time. Each week will be your one and only chance to target farm the VOX prize that week… no item will be repeated in future weeks. 

The competition in CGW starts in just a few days. Need to go practice before you fight in the great VOX invasion?

VOX Forever

There’s some incredibly exciting development happening on Project Cerberus, and we’ll be back next week to talk more about the latest highlights. For now though, all the VOX are far too busy finalizing invasion plans to sit down and chat!

We’re excited for what’s coming up… and we imagine that VOX are too, just based on all the maniacal laughter we’re hearing.

You never know where they’ll be heading for the next invasion. Be ready, because we’re pretty sure the future is made of cubes.

Making Digital Dreams Come True with Gala

Making Digital Dreams Come True with Gala

Last week during the world-famous Southeast Asia Blockchain Week, Gala was honored to stand as the title sponsor for an exclusive event called Digital Dreamland.

With so many blockchain companies around the world operating quietly in their own corners, empowered by the versatile remote capabilities of web3 tech and smart contracts, we’re always excited for an opportunity to travel the world and connect with other movers in the space.

Traveling and attending events has always been very important to us. We want the crypto and tech communities of the world to know that we’re here to stay. We’re not a bunch of anonymous hackers at some unknown location– We’re at the forefront of a revolution, doing everything we can to share the empowerment of web3 with the wider world. After all, we intend to become the world’s first blockchain to onboard a billion users. For that mission to prove successful, we must spread the word every chance we get.

Held in Bangkok’s magnificent Zilla Space, this event crafted an innovative and engaging environment, perfect for web3 visionaries.

GameFi Panel, featuring Jason Brink

Our President of Blockchain had a chance to join in a spirited and informative discussion about DeFi as it applies to the gaming sector. Blockchain applications to gaming to empower players with ownership and rewards have been some of the most important catalysts that have led to Gala’s rapidly growing success over the past few years.

Without the potential of gaming, we never would have constructed GalaChain with such immense and groundbreaking capabilities. When you’re building with the future of gaming in mind, you’re building for a world that lives at the cutting edge of the latest technology. Now that GalaChain entertainment first infrastructure is prepared to elevate countless crucial industries throughout the world.

In this panel, Jason was joined by a few other experts in the GameFi sector, from Star Atlas, Yield Guild, and Matr1x. The panel covered a wide range of GameFi related topics from player benefits to risk management, security and future trends.

GameFi all stars stopping for an awesome shot following a lively panel discussion.

Thanks for your Support

We love every opportunity to connect with the broader crypto community in web3, especially in Southeast Asia, a region that has continually proven a key player in the game of blockchain mass adoption.

Thanks to everyone who attended, and thanks to everyone out there working hard every day to bring their web3 digital dreams to life. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone in our amazing community; we couldn’t do this without you!