Steve Aoki & 3LAU Launch CryptoPunks Inspired Music Group!
Two major DJs Steve Aoki and Justin “3LAU” Blau are revealed to be teaming up together to create their very own Web3 music and art project, a supergroup they named ‘PUNX’.
According to a press release, PUNX aims to become “an innovative audio-visual IRL-meets-metaverse supergroup” with plans to deliver a new style of electronic music. “The sound of [PUNX] will be different from either of our current sounds,” 3LAU wrote in a tweet.
What makes this project interesting is that the two DJs, known to be NFT enthusiasts, will be using their CryptoPunk NFT IPs to use. The duo claim that they will be the first DJ set associated with CryptoPunks since the NFT collection first launched their new IP licensing rights earlier this August.
We bring to you: PUNX
10 years of friendship has led to this moment. We are excited to introduce a conceptual music/art project partly inspired by our own @cryptopunksnfts.
— 3LAU (@3LAU) December 6, 2022
The two CryptoPunks featured in this project are 3LAU’s CryptoPunk #6708, which has white hair and black sunglasses and was bought for $51,000 back in March of 2021 as well as Aoki’s CryptoPunk #6748 which he bought for $147,000 in September.
“PUNX is a forward-thinking, conceptual musical art project with a nod to the music we love and the music that shaped who we are today.” Steve Aoki said, “Though we’ve been friends for 10 years, it was our shared passion for Web3 that inspired this collab.”
CryptoPunks New IP Licensing
After having been acquired by Yuga Labs earlier this year, CryptoPunks NFTs have since gotten new IP licensing rights in August which now allow CryptoPunks holders the same rights to their NFTs as BAYC holders.
This new IP licensing rights allows CryptoPunks holders the freedom to create all sorts of projects and products using their CryptoPunks.
Since then, CryptoPunks have been included in a number of different projects involving the free use of their IPs, including the collections massive collaboration with the luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co in August.
This collaboration made use of CryptoPunks’ new IP licensing and allowed holders to create their very own Tiffany & Co specially made real-life pendants created to look like the holders Punk.