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Zora hires Hype Machine founder to focus on web3 music service


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Anthony Volodkin was the founder of music discovery site Hype Machine, and earlier this year he launched a new side project called Future Tape to explore music NFTs and web3. Now he’s announced plans to focus on the project full-time, after joining web3 music startup Zora.

It’s been working with a range of independent artists including RAC, Disclosure and Pussy Riot, while its technology has been used by a range of other web3 music startups as the core for their services.

Now Future Tape will expand and grow under its umbrella. “Music NFTs are a new media format. It’s a chance to collectively imagine how music can work: the product itself, the release, curation, compensation mechanisms, alongside the transparency and openness provided by blockchain tools,” wrote Volodkin in his announcement of the news.

He added that Future Tape’s goal will be to “introduce new listeners to the space and offer a unique experience around these objects, all while supporting the larger ecosystem”.


Written by: Stuart Dredge