BACARDÍ rum and GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Boi-1da, are proud to debut the latest evolution of Music Liberates Music, an ongoing program from BACARDĺ designed to champion underrepresented voices in the music industry. To shine a light on the shocking statistic that only 2% of music producers are female, BACARDĺ and Boi-1da have hand-selected three multifaceted, international female powerhouses – Bambii, Denise De’ion, and PERFXN – whose Caribbean-inspired sounds and production styles have the potential to mold the future of the industry.
With an eye for untapped talent and potential, Boi-1da helped the world’s most awarded rum brand select this emerging class of producers:
· Bambii (Kirsten Azan) hails from Canada and is one of the country’s most compelling Caribbean-inspired DJs and emerging producers.
· Toronto-native Denise Thomas – professionally known as Denise De’ion – has been writing her own music and singing for more than two decades. Her dynamic sound is a blend of R&B, Hip Hop and Caribbean influences, which is a reflection of her vibrant personality and artistic vision.
· Aviane Vargas, otherwise known as PERFXN, is a rising producer and fashion designer originally from New York City and the Dominican Republic, now based in Los Angeles, with a love for all things tropical and getting people to do what moves them.
This year’s iteration also presents a new model of music fandom and artistic investment – one where both fans and up-and-coming producers can share in the success of the music they love. To put the power back into the hands of the artists and their fans, the tracks will be minted into an NFT (non-fungible token) and auctioned off as a limited-edition Mixtape on the newly launched NFT music marketplace STURDY.EXCHANGE, beginning today Wednesday, October 13th through Sunday, October 17th.
For the first time ever, proceeds will directly benefit the producers and “fanvestors” who invest in their work. Each NFT includes a percentage of the streaming royalties as part of the official Music Liberates Music “Fanvestor Kit,” so the more the song gets streamed, the more the artist and their “fanvestors” both make. This first-to-market model is important for talent at the start of their career, while also helping them to foster a deeper connection with fans.