Today, 2x-Grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki and world-renowned chart-topper 3LAU announce their new project PUNX, the world’s first DJs associated with CryptoPunks NFT characters. Led by two of the music industry’s most successful web3 entrepreneurs, Aoki and 3LAU join forces to create an innovative audio-visual IRL-meets-metaverse supergroup. PUNX marks the first time Aoki and 3LAU are coming together as a duo to build off the sonic chemistry they established on their recent audio/visual NFT collaboration “Jenny.”
“I am so excited to announce my new project with 3LAU, PUNX,” Steve Aoki says. “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. Though we’ve been friends for 10 years, it was our shared passion for web3 that inspired this collab. Using our own Cryptopunks in the visual imagery is just the start of how we plan on bringing the incredible web3 community into this project. I can’t wait to share what we have created with the world.”
“So excited to announce the beginning of a new musical journey with one of my best friends, Steve Aoki,” states 3LAU. “Over the last few years we’ve navigated the insane world of web3 together and have been wanting to combine our passion for music with that space in an even bigger way, and we’re doing that as PUNX. We can’t wait to share with the world a new sound and all of the crazy ideas we’ve been cooking up in the studio.”
PUNX sits at the intersection of music and web3, drawing on Aoki and 3LAU’s collective experience. 3LAU famously released the NFT series, Ultraviolet, last year which broke all existing NFT sales records and quickly followed that with the launch of Royal, a web3 company he co-founded that allows fans to co-own music with their favorite artists. Around the same time, Aoki launched his record-breaking Dream Catcher NFT collection and Dominion X, the first episodic series to launch on the blockchain. Since then, the two have emerged as leading voices in the space, pushing music and digital communities forward through layered storytelling and immersive projects. Aoki and 3LAU’s shared love for bloghouse and electro music along with their passion for CryptoPunks’ pixelated cyberpunk world led them to create their brand new PUNX IP. The supergroup plans to release music and tour in 2023.