Video remix pioneer Eclectic Method is finding new success in crypto art
"Our first NFT was Mecha Tunnel on Rarible," Eclectic Method explains. "We made 20 copies and priced them at 0.15 ETH each, or about 80 bucks at the time. To be honest, when we paid the $15 minting cost, I thought, 'This is a total waste of money. This will not sell.' It sold out in 70 minutes."
The video remix pioneer made the move into crypto art last December after watching a friend make a similar move and enjoy early success. That friend, Beeple, went on to make history with successive historic sales, first with CROSSROAD at $6.6 million in February and then with Everydays — The First 5000 Days for nearly $70 million in March.
"We've known Beeple for about 12 years," Eclectic Method says, who turned his Beeple remix into an approved NFT last January. "We knew about crypto art, but when we saw him make the move, we thought, 'Why not?'"
As an artist who remixes video live, Eclectic Method naturally put music and rhythm at the center of their digital art. Instead of sampling movies and television shows, they now make their own movie clips in Cinema 4D for original pieces found on leading platforms such as SuperRare, Hic et Nunc, KnownOrigin, Rarible, OpenSea and Foundation.
Eclectic Method is also a major collaborator in the scene. Just last week, they announced a collab with Jonathan Mann of "Song A Day" fame that will include remixes for 10 songs paired with visuals from world-class animators such as Bryan Brinkman, Banankin and Everfresh. The minted works will drop April 27 on Rarible.
Other collaborators have included London-based XCOPY, Mexican animator Miguel Garest and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Bootsy Collins (Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown). Eclectic Method originally bonded with Collins over the "With The Bass" remix, so when they asked if he wanted to collaborate on an NFT, "he said yes straight away, not really knowing what it was."
Though a rising star in the crypto art scene, Eclectic Method has produced media art that many people saw without knowing who it was. Past performances include a live all-star jam on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and various remixes appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Colbert Report and even during a live TV interview with Matthew McConaughey, who was asked to comment on this viral remix. Official works also include remixes for Childish Gambino, Snoop Dogg and Fatboy Slim, and Eclectic Method even appeared in an Apple commercial in Europe.
Eclectic Method had early cred in the crypto community because many of its top stars already knew the video remixer, so the two worlds came together naturally. The artist is even doing a crypto art-centric video remix set every Friday at 1 p.m. EST for the Token Smart channel on Discord, a digital distribution platform for online communities.
"It really does feel like there is something to celebrate every single week," Eclectic Method says about his art drops and remix sets, "and we get to celebrate there with all our friends."
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