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“People Can Reinvent themselves”: VNCCII on How Dance Music Artists Can Embrace Futurism – EDM.com


Whether we like it or not, the advent of AI has turned the electronic music scene into a technological powder keg in 2021. And before it really takes off in a scary and exciting direction, VNCCII is here to educate.

The rising producer, rapper and singer-songwriter has just released her latest single “i-LIBERATE”, a velvety smooth house track that continues the guiding line of her unique story, centered on her eponymous “super-heroine” . avatar.

VNCCII wrote a sprawling editorial on EDM.com in 2020 where she becomes poetic about the complicated relationship between AI and electronic music. “We need builders, dreamers, repairers and actors,” she wrote at the time. “Whether we like it or not, the AI ​​is here and it’s here to stay.”

To celebrate her sultry new dance record, we reconnected with VNCCII to discuss the song’s conceptual origins and how she plans to expand her efforts as a futurist into the electronic music space.

EDM.com: It’s been a minute since we last spoke to you. How have you evolved over the past 18 months?

VNCCII: Over the past 18 months, the world has changed at the macro and micro levels. People have become more aware of themselves.

Personally, all my new music has undergone a complete evolution. I really dug deep to reflect what the world is going through, but also to project a futuristic storytelling featuring my super-sensitive AI “superheroine” character, VNCCII.

EDM.com: Which brings us to your new single, “i-LIBERATE”. Tell us about it.

VNCCII: Musically, I will propel my voice and my composition to the forefront of my new songs to underline my love of being a main character. I have evolved over the last 18 months with a full-fledged debut album.

I put together a full arc of an AI Space Opera storyline and a whole world where my character is set with other characters. The result is a dynamic, emotional and uplifting story. I draw on futurism, science fiction, artificial intelligence and the “open metaverse” as creative fuel. These elements, to which are added the technological singularity, form the fictitious scenario of my alias VNCCII and its universe.


EDM.com: So, do you consider yourself a futurist? Can you explain what you mean by this?

VNCCII: I am not a technical futurist, but rather what I would call a creative futurist. Many of my friends are what I would call technical futurists and I draw inspiration from them every day, knowing that they are helping to build the future we want to live in.

I don’t make predictions about the future, but I study trends in different industries and explore how technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, 5G networks, and extended reality evolve. – including virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality – will have an impact on the future. I am optimistic and believe that technology can be used as a force for good.

EDM.com: You are very tech savvy. Where do you connect with your fans?

VNCCII: For my first vodcast episode on my YouTube show, Future humans 3.0, I spoke with the amazing Cathy Hackl, a leading futurist and thought leader. She is known within the tech community as “Godmother of the Metaverse”. It’s people like Cathy who inspire me to combine my love of futurism with music and multimedia storytelling.

EDM.com: Let’s go back to your single, “i-LIBERATE”. What does the title refer to? What is this single about?

VNCCII: It’s a futuristic dance hymn about intrinsic empowerment, self-expression and the liberation of humanity. The song is a transition from “POWER 2 LOAD” as I progress to vocals focused songs. The song was born in the heart of containment in Australia and I wanted to create a timeless piece.

EDM.com: How do you connect with your fans? How do they react to your half-human, half-virtual existence?

VNCCII: Since 2018, I embody the VNCCII avatar but it was only this year that I became a “V-Tuber” as a medium to create character content and connect with my fans. To achieve this, I purchased a Rokoko SmartSuit Pro motion capture suit and used the streaming technologies with Unreal Game Engine and the AR iPhone face capture to stream and live stream from what I call the ” holoship “from VNCCII, which is a virtual futuristic music studio.

This setup is really cool, as I can create 24/7 content as VNCCII when streaming live. For my Future humans 3.0 vodcast, I spoke with some really cool guests including Cathy Hackl, Teddy Pahagbia, CitizenMetaOne (aka Matt Workman) and Spottie WiFi (Rapper King ALPHA CryptoPunk).



EDM.com: Intense! And we assume you also broadcast live DJ sets?

VNCCII: Yes, I stream Ableton Live music production sessions live, and on the virtual mezzanine I have a virtual Pioneer DJ booth where I stream DJ sets live as VNCCII. My goal is to make these streams more interactive, like Code Miko, but I’ll approach this from a musical and futuristic perspective.

EDM.com: Do fans dig it?

VNCCII: Yes! Fans have responded positively to this half-human / half-virtual existence, as I feel people want to explore and be challenged with their imaginations. It also allows them to envision their own future identities and how they would like to be seen by other humans and AI entities in the “open metaverse”.

EDM.com: Do you think that your mode of existence as an artist is the future of all musical artists?

VNCCII: Absoutely. I call this a “phygital” (physical and digital) approach for musical artists. Having an online identity that can be experienced in the 3D world is crucial to connecting with fans on a whole new level. People can reinvent themselves. I also do face-to-face meetings, inspired by the cosplay world of TwitchCon, where fans can line up with virtual characters for IRL (real-life) meetups and shows. It’s the future.

EDM.com: What’s next for VNCCII?

VNCCII: The story of VNCCII and other characters will be revealed soon, along with an interactive roadmap on how fans and the community can experience this and grow together in Web 3.0. I’m going to release my first full album, which I worked on this year; this is the best music that I have created in my life.


Official: www.vnccii.com
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Instagram: instagram.com/VNCCII_official/
Twitter: twitter.com/VNCCII_OFFICIEL
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Youtube: youtube.com/channel/UCHYl-nfACf-ghcnRN_cjogg


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