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‘Manifesting the Future’: Get to know the first NFT band, Manifest, and their latest single, ‘Maniac’

In the ever-evolving landscape of music and digital art, a groundbreaking force has emerged – Manifest, the world’s first CryptoPunks NFT band. Comprising visionary musician Jayefunk and a virtual ensemble, Manifest transcends conventional boundaries with its unique blend of electronic and rock elements, taking the audience on a sonic journey through the volatile highs and lows of the cryptocurrency market.

In an exclusive interview with POP!, Jayefunk shed light on the genesis of Manifest and the decision to launch a virtual band. “I wanted a band that could only be confined by the limit of one’s imagination,” Jayefunk shares. A passionate NFT collector, he saw an opportunity to leverage his Cryptopunks IP, breathing life into a virtual musical entity that resonates with the limitless possibilities of the digital realm.


The band’s latest release, ‘Maniac,’ is a sonic embodiment of the rollercoaster of emotions experienced in the cryptocurrency market. Jayefunk explained, “Having gone through a rollercoaster of emotions with the highs and lows of the cryptocurrency market, we wanted a song that could capture that feeling.” Manifest skillfully intertwines lyrics and melody, creating a musical narrative that mirrors the unpredictable nature of the digital financial landscape.

The music video for ‘Maniac’ is a visual feast that seamlessly blends animated and live-action footage. Jayefunk elucidates on the creative process: “We wanted the music video to be relatable, so we combined both animated and live-action video to give a unique visual experience and story.” The result is a striking visual representation that complements the song’s emotional depth.

A unique fusion of electronic and rock elements characterizes Manifest’s music. On navigating between these genres while maintaining a signature sound, Jayefunk asserts, “We believe as long as our music is catchy and snappy, everything will fall into place.” This adaptability extends to their role as pioneers in the NFT space, where they seamlessly integrate the worlds of art and business, bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3.

Manifest teases exciting innovations for the year ahead. The band plans to produce more music and videos, participate in exhibitions and showcases, launch their NFT collection, and collaborate on virtual experiences with a leading metaverse company. Jayefunk envisions Manifest becoming the next ‘Gorillaz,’ solidifying their position as trailblazers in the intersection of music, NFTs, and technology.

Looking forward, Manifest aims to contribute to the realm of ‘phygital’ experiences by incorporating innovative and interactive technologies into their projects. Jayefunk tantalizing hints at unique elements that fans can anticipate in their upcoming endeavors, promising a closer and more immersive connection between the band and its audience.

Acknowledging the volatility of both the NFT and music markets, Jayefunk emphasizes the importance of innovation and disruption. Drawing from his music career, he applies strategies and principles to navigate the challenges of this ever-evolving landscape, ensuring Manifest remains at the forefront of the digital revolution.

For skeptics of the NFT phenomenon, Jayefunk shares personal experiences of forging friendships, making partnerships, and creating career opportunities within the NFT community. He highlights the rewarding aspects that extend beyond the digital realm, showcasing the genuine connections and opportunities that have blossomed through this transformative space.

Manifest stands at the forefront of a new era in music, where the boundaries between physical and digital blur, and the possibilities are boundless. As Jayefunk envisions the band evolving into the next ‘Gorillaz,’ Manifest paves the way for a future where innovation, technology, and artistic expression converge to create a genuinely immersive and groundbreaking musical experience.


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