Santigold has launched a new community fan club powered by Web3, allowing her to connect directly with fans and offer exclusive content and experiences. It follows a tour cancellation in September where she told fans, “I have tried and tried, looked at what it would take from every angle, and I simply don’t have it.”
The difficult touring conditions has many artists looking for an alternative in Web3. Digital communities, unlocked through NFT access, are becoming increasingly popular for musicians seeking a deeper connection with their fans.
“I am excited about Web3 as an opportunity for artists to interact with our audiences in more honest, intimate and creative ways, while exploring new art mediums and technologies,” says Santigold. “I’m also looking forward to using this space to innovate ways to control the release of our art on our own terms.”
After claiming a free NFT pass, fans will have access to a hub of exclusive content including a sneak peak at Santigold’s upcoming music video. Fans can also submit questions for her new podcast and vote on merchandise designs.
Santigold’s ‘Fan Club’ is powered by Web3 tech company Medallion which already hosts personalized fan clubs for Tycho, Sigur Ros and Jungle. The tech is customizable so it can be integrated into an artist’s existing website and aesthetic. The onboarding process for fans is free and seamless — an example of Web 2.5 whereby the complicated crypto technology is disguised with simple and familiar interfaces.
British band Jungle launched their Medallion fan club in September and has already used it to launch hyper-localized campaigns to support their touring activity. For example, the band onboarded 500 local fans in Mexico City ahead of a headline show. “The Jungle Fan Club has allowed us to connect with fans directly in a digital space that feels communal, interactive and collaborative,” says Jungle. “Medallion’s technology has built solutions for ideas we’ve had for years, but have never had the tools to make practical.”
Since launching, Medallion has onboarded 20,000 users to Tycho, Sigur Ros and Jungle’s communities — 95% of those had never touched crypto before. Within 24 hours of launching his Web3 fan club, Tycho tripled the number of fans in his Discord community.
“Medallion’s technology has been built with a singular goal of helping artists create more meaningful connections with their fans, both on and off the road,” says Medallion president Derek Davies. “And with the hardships facing touring artists since the onset of the pandemic, the invaluable importance for community in digital spaces has become clearer than ever.”
Web3 fan clubs are not a new phenomenon. Steve Aoki launched the Aokiverse in 2021 which offers fans token-gated access to VIP tickets and free NFT airdrops. Hard rock band Avenged Sevenfold launched the Deathbats Club which gives fans unlimited meet and greet access for life. Meanwhile, alt-rockers Portugal. The Man launched a Web3 fan club complete with its own social token $PTM.
The trend is accelerating, however, especially as new platforms are developed to create a simple, custom experience. The harsh realities of touring in a post-COVID world, coupled with the pressure to create ‘content’ for a mass audience on social media, means that digital communities could become an increasingly important way to engage with super fans.
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