PUNX is a music collaboration created by world-renowned DJs Steve Aoki and 3LAU aka Justin Blau. As innovators who have encouraged the merging of genres in pursuit of new sonic experiences, it is both fitting and exciting that they join forces to launch a next-gen, electronic music duo fueled by community, layered storytelling and world-class art. With PUNX, Aoki and 3LAU become the first DJs to utilize the CryptoPunks IP following the updated CryptoPunks licensing agreement. PUNX pushes the boundaries of EDM sonically and blazes a new trail of innovation for the legacy IP, paving the way for a veritable flood of brands, artists, and creators who will follow in their footsteps.
ABOUT Steve Aoki
Boasting a 77 million average monthly reach across all his platforms and nearly 4 billion streams to his name, 2x-Grammy-nominated music producer, artist, fashion designer, entrepreneur, and NFT visionary Steve Aoki is one of the most successful cross-genre artists in the world. The DJ/Producer and Dim Mak Records founder holds the world record for Most Traveled Musician in a Single Calendar Year and has been described by Billboard as “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world.” As a long-time collector and "an unabashed futurist" (Fortune), Aoki has been at the forefront with his NFT collaborations, generating over $4 million with the launch of his first NFT, the Dream Catcher series. He also co-created the first blockchain-based episodic series with Dominion X, partnered with Sotheby's on their Contemporary Curated series, and recently partnered with comic book legend Todd McFarlane to create OddKey, an NFT marketplace on the Solana blockchain for comic artists to freely showcase and sell their original digital artwork. Most recently, Aoki created the A0K1VERSE, an NFT membership community, powered by the Passport, that welcomes his fans to both virtual and real-world experiences. In whatever space he enters, Aoki offers a community for those who need it most.
ABOUT Justin Blau
Justin Blau aka 3LAU is a world-renowned musician, producer, and CEO of Royal. 3LAU’s music career started small at college fraternity parties and he quickly rose to fame, performing at sold-out shows around the world and amassing over 1 billion music streams across Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, and other platforms. Outside of the studio, 3LAU is a must-see live performer, and has appeared at major festivals such as EDC Vegas/Korea/Orlando, Ultra, Electric Zoo, Lollapalooza, and Life Is Beautiful. An early crypto adopter, Justin has been an open advocate for building the investable layer of music on blockchains since 2017. He has seen great success experimenting with tokenizing his own music — to date, he has sold over $20M in primary sales from his NFT drops. After those experiments and navigating complex copyright laws and industry inequities, Justin felt moved to co-found Royal with the goal of empowering every artist to share their music with fans and give people around the world a chance to partner with the artists they want to see thrive. Royal launched in January 2022 with legendary hip hop artist Nas sharing ownership in his music, followed by releases with Diplo and The Chainsmokers.