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Solanda_Daily Admin: Hello and welcome, how are you today?
AirGuitar Academy Team: Well thanks! Just preparing for our mint so working like crazy. Thank you for having us here today.
All good thanks! Yeah super busy preparing for tomorrow!
Solanda_Daily Admin: Happy to hear! Ready to start our AMA?
AirGuitar Academy Team: Yes, ready!
Q1: Now to start the AMA, please have a quick introduction to the community. What is AirGuitar Academy all about & story behind?
AirGuitar Academy Team: Air Guitar Academy (AGA) is a free-to-play PVP rhythm game that works with NFTs on the Solana blockchain. Players use their NFT as their character, equipped with an Air Guitar Academy NFT to play the game. Players simply connect their wallets to the game and will be able to play against any of their friends or foes.
We’re an all-inclusive community-focused project, we want to bring every DAA, Thug, Pesky & every other NFT collection out there, all together in one place to battle against one another as friends or foes. Community vs community-focused tournaments, friend vs friend and a chance for you to be listed in the hall of fame.
I would like to add it’s also 8888 Air Guitar NFTs minting tomorrow 🙂 https://twitter.com/AirGuitarNFT_/status/1463271706060115979
Q2: Can you tell us a bit about the team and their experience with crypto projects?
AirGuitar Academy Team: Michael has been an active and contributing member in the NFT space since 2015. He was part of the crowded minted NFT’s on the BTC network alongside PEPE & Spells of Genesis.
Michael has recently been featured in Fast Company’s Top 20 under 30 Feature, as well as African Independent Top 40 under 40. Augmentors (a startup he Co-founded) has also been featured in Brainstorm Magazine as one of the most innovative tech startups.
In 2015, Michael co-founded Augmentors, and In 2016, he appeared on Shark Tank SA where he was funded by Vinny Lingham & Gil Oved, the first Shark Tank deal to be done in Bitcoin.
Because of Michael’s vision and passion, along with the assistance of experts, Augmentors raised $1 million USD (895 BTC) during a 30-day token sale, which ended in February 2017. At the time, it was the most successful token sale ever conducted by a mobile video game project and it was also the first token sale conducted in South Africa.
BB (Ben Blaine) is our Air Head community herder and deliverer of sweet giveaways. He recently fell in love with NFTs and the power they provide communities to own, govern and grow their ideas. In terms of gaming his first “kiss” was Captain Comic, his first true love was Quake 3 multiplayer, his first bad romance was DotA (Warcraft 3) and he has recently been upping his APM in Starcraft.
He was one of the first 10 employees at OfferZen where he ran 100s of events for 1000s of developers in robotics, augmented reality, insurance, programmable banking. Before that he was an early employee at SnapScan and figured out how to get stores to adopt it as the first mobile payment option in the country.
He also once paid someone to paint an orca eating a unicorn in a strange world and he can’t remember why. He is thinking of minting it as an NFT.
Ben Rausch is a genre-smashing ‘astronaut’, blurring lines between animation, games, events, comics, music, DJing, VJing and live performance. With an emphasis on collaboration they bring a DIY punk spirit and joyous rebellion to everything they do.Since 2014, Ben’s primary focus has orbited around video games, how they can bring people together,positively rewiring players and the world around them. In 2016 his game band Team Lazerbeam teamed up with Philly’s Superweaks to release Teenage Blob in 2020. In 2021 Team Lazebeam expanded into a global supergroup and are currently creating a sequel to their 2016 dating sim Wrestling With Emotions.Ben is an organizer of game jams, hardware workshops and pop-up alternative games parties under the banner of Super Friendship Arcade. In 2018 he co-founded the Playtopia festival, creating South Africa’s very first homegrown event dedicated to celebrating indie games, immersive experiences and the artists that make them.
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Bare is a singer and actor who got into software development to earn a living. His favourite games are Factorio, Oxygen not Included and the occasional FPS game. He led the development of SkylineNFT and works in accounting software like an idiot.
Q3: What is the uniqueness of AirGuitar Academy?
AirGuitar Academy Team: It’s the first music NFT game in the world so we are very early to the space.
NFT buying exceeded $10bn in sales in Q3 Oct 2021 alone, with in-game items accounting for 22% or $2.3bn in sales.
In 2021 games will generate $175.8bn in revenue from over 2.9bn players worldwide.
Music revenue in the US alone is growing at a rapid pace, increasing by $1.5 billion or 27% year-on-year, to $7.1 billion in H1 2021 (from $5.6 billion in H1 2020).
So combining music, gaming and NFTs means huge potential gains for early investors.
We are more than a normal PFP NFT collection, nor are we here to replace them. AGA is an extension of your current NFT. We’re here to build a bridge between all the communities out there, to play, battle and enjoy one another’s company in one place.
Furthermore, we want to build a platform for artists to showcase or even debut their songs/ albums through the AGA game. Allowing artists to connect and interact with their fans in new and exciting ways.
Q4: How does your minigame work?
AirGuitar Academy Team: You can try it yourself here: https://play.unity.com/mg/other/air-guitar-academy 🙂
We developed it quickly to show how the gameplay will work. We will be adding multiplayer and NFT integration after our mint.
It essentially lets you play songs submitted by musicians from the community on your keyboard.
We will also be developing a mobile game over time.
Here are some of the featured artists.
Q5: Can you share more about your NFT collection, where & how to mint?
AirGuitar Academy Team: The art is designed by highly experienced artist Ben Rausch and is epic
8888 mind-melting air guitars with special powers 🎸
equip your pfp and battle other nft holders to epic beats 🎧
minting 10pm utc 25/11
You can access the mint from airguitaracademy.com
You can view a teaser of the art here https://youtu.be/dheZHQdjyZQ
Q6: Let’s talk about marketing plan, partnerships & influencers that you are collaborating with.
AirGuitar Academy Team: We’re starting with our community on Discord airguitaracademy.com/discord and everyone who buys an Air Guitar at our mint.
We’re also starting with musicians that I mentioned earlier.
Anyone that comes to us we will accept and feature as best we can.
We are also reaching out to musicians like Jack Black, Slash and Snoop Dogg and waiting to feature them in our game.
Musicians can submit music here: airguitaracademy.com/submit
In terms of partnerships we are collaborating with other NFT projects.
We are giving away a degen ape, pesky penguin and Solana monkette to anyone who holds that project as well as our project 3 days after our mint.
In the future we will host events of these communities where they can battle each other for the GOAT prize.
We will also airdrop and have sales of more items and instruments that can be used in the game.
Q7: What is the team’s vision & roadmap in the next 6 months?
AirGuitar Academy Team: 1️⃣ 🎸 mint gen1 air guitars – Nov 2021
release 8888 collectable, uniquely generated air guitars with special abilities. holders, aka airheads, get access to early alpha releases and updates as well as premium gaming experience in our games. non-holders can still use free-to-play air guitars we will provide that don’t have special features.
2️⃣ 📈 verify collection on marketplaces – Dec 2021
after minting gen1 we will get listed as quickly as possible on digitaleyes, ftx, solanart etc to enable trading of air guitars.
3️⃣ 🎁 exclusive events and giveaways – Dec 2021
bring holders of all NFTs together to interact in interesting ways through events and giveaways for airheads that incorporate existing communities like degenerate ape academy, smb, cryptopunks, mekaverse, bayc, etc.
4️⃣ 🪂 airdrops to airheads – q1 2022
at various periods we will reward airheads who hold on to their air guitars with special items such as picks, amps and even new instruments.
5️⃣ 🎮 game design and foundation – 2022
release the game design for air guitar academy’s first rhythm-based music game (like guitar hero, osu!, beat saber) in which you can use any NFT as your character and your air guitar as your battle axe. air guitars from gen1 will have 1 or more enhancements to be used against opponents. we will start to work with airheads to get feedback on the game design and iterate it. 🎸⚡️🔥❄️💖
Q8: Where can we find out more about AirGuitar Academy on social media?
AirGuitar Academy Team:
Submit Music: https://airguitaracademy.com/submit
Solanda_Daily Admin: With this, we are now at the end of our AMA session with AirGuitar.
Time for wrapping up, any last words you would like to say to our community?
AirGuitar Academy Team: We love you and hope to see you sharing your air guitars after the mint! Everyone who buys an Air Guitar owns the IP of that Guitar 100% and can do whatever they want with it ❤️
Solanda_Daily Admin: Thank you so much for spending time with our community & all the very best for AirGuitar.