Bitcoin for Musicians: Tatiana Moroz Makes the Case for “Artist Coins” and More

Tatiana Moroz is funding the release of her upcoming album, Keep The Faith by issuing blockchain-based “Tatiana Coins”, which can be redeemed for music and merch at her online store.

When we first launched the project in June of 2014, we raised about $10,000 in Bitcoin which we used to fund the production of Keep the Faith which is coming out in March.

So yes, that was a success since I already have a record to show for it! However, at that time, it was really hard to donate.

We now have a new iteration of the concept [to complete the campaign and launch the album] and it’s much easier for anyone to participate even if they don’t have Bitcoin yet.  By the conclusion of the campaign, many more of the features will be available.

Our goal for the [final leg of the] campaign is to fund the album launch and start an educational effort so I can promote these ideas and continue to create content for fans. I will also be touring throughout the year in support of the album.

Tell us a bit about this new album. How and where did you record it, and what were you going for?

Geeky is more my engineer and producer Will Hensley’s realm. Though I suppose getting everyone to sign up for Bitcoin is a bit geeky too!

We recorded in Studio B at Premier Studios in Times Square. Sandy, the owner, has actually been really receptive to crypto-currencies. In fact, I think it’s the first major studio to accept Bitcoin. We had magical and easy recording sessions.

We tracked most of the drums, bass, and guitar in two days for 12 songs. The band never played on my music before, so I guess that’s a testament to their talent. Vocals were done in between travel, but most of the record was ready for mastering within two months of when we started. We ended up getting the album mastered by Joe Lambert, and are thrilled with the results.

The biggest problem was that I wanted to support the album properly, which means I had to wait for the technology to catch up. I really wanted to use this as an opportunity to help onboard other artists into crypto-currency, and the tools we had were still too early in their development to be useful to the average person when we started.

Now we are at a place where we can help others get started, and where they can accept dollars instead of just bitcoin for Artist Coins. Even though we are still in the early stages, I think it can be useful for more many more artists and fans.

Cool. When and where is it coming out?

We start the campaign today [February 9th] for 30 days, and then the digital and physical release will be available worldwide on March 31.

We just released the initial single called “The Bitcoin Jingle” today, and in early March, we will be releasing the single “Safe with You” as well as the title track [“Keep the Faith”].

I am releasing independently, and people can go to http://www.TatianaCoin.com and connect with me there. Of course, we will release on all the online music platforms, but I would love for people to experience what using Tatiana Coin is like.

Thanks Tatiana, live long and prosper.

Justin Colletti is a writer, educator and mastering engineer who lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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