Hello! I recently performed at the great event, Creative Tech Week.
Creative Tech Week is an international festival bringing together the interdisciplinary developers, designers, executives and artists in the creative technology field from across a diversity of industries. Of course, this includes cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies! It was hosted in New York City, on May 3-12.
Before the event, I had a lovely interview with Eli Mitchell-Larson, “Tatiana Moroz is a Musician, Bitcoin Pioneer, and Activist.” Thank you to Eli for such thoughtful questions! Read the full interview here.
Here are some highlights:
Eli Mitchell-Larson: Your voice and music evoke a certain earnest, pristine folk that harkens back to the folk greats of the 60s and 70s. How did you cultivate that sound and tone, and what influences do you identify with?
Tatiana Moroz: For as long as I can remember, I wanted to do music. As a child my Mom would drive around with me in the Catskills and play music from singer-songwriters from the 60s & 70s. Hearing Peace Train for the first time showed me that you could use a song to convey a political idea or emotion and have a big impact on society. That influenced me throughout my life and accounts for the eclectic mix of things I’m involved with now.
I grew up listening to those folk singer songwriters, but also Guns ‘N Roses, Prince, and the Indigo Girls. I performed in a lot of musicals and choirs growing up, and ultimately gravitated toward jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied jazz vocal performance and music business. I was turned off by the evolution of pop music toward oversinging and millions of riffs – I have a respect for the classics that I think is reflected in my style. Traditional songwriting appeals to me the most. For me there has to be a purity when you’re on stage. I’d like to be a role model for younger folks and produce something more wholesome than what you hear on the radio.
EML: You’re known for being the first artist to launch your own cryptocurrency, the TATIANACOIN. How did this come about?
TM: In 2013 I befriended Andreas Antonopoulos, a well-known bitcoin thought leader. I’ve since opened for Andreas’s big theater talks in Chicago where we aim to get all the new people in the space up to speed with the history of the community. In talks with Andreas and other members of the bitcoin community, I decided to launch my own cryptocurrency. Donors could contribute bitcoin and receive TATIANACOIN in exchange, which entitles them to certain ongoing rewards in the future.
I created TATIANACOIN in 2014 to solve two problems: fans & funding. Too many artists don’t even have the chance to record their work because they might be working six other jobs and signing with a label is impossible. I sold tokens to raise funds for what eventually became my 2017 album “Keep the Faith”.
I had noticed that when artists moved from failing platforms to up-and-coming ones, for example from MySpace to Facebook to YouTube, they lost some of their audience because the platforms, not the artists, own that artist-fan relationship. I saw TATIANACOIN as a way to enable a more direct relationship between me and fans. The artist becomes just another peer. We raised $10k initially, funded the album, and used bitcoin to pay all my musicians and studio folks. We quickly realized however that we had a car with no roads! The regulatory barriers, particularly in the US, have been high.
EML: More than most artists, your work blurs the boundaries between musician, activist, and journalist. Can you talk about how you balance these different roles, and how your political involvement and music complement one another?
TM: I was really political involved in 2012 as a supporter of Ron Paul’s presidential bid. I had learned about the Federal Reserve and had my eyes opened to how we were enslaved through the central banking system. I opened as a performer at Ron Paul rallies around the country. It was people from the right and the left, no one was nasty, and I felt lucky to be so accepted and act as a standard bearer and mini-Joan Baez representing these people.
The one unifying grain behind all my activities is trying to have the most positive impact on the world I can. I release music, run my own marketing firm, speak at bitcoin events, and interview interesting folks in the crypto space on my online Tatiana Show, and all of these things work toward that goal. I’ve started doing more public speaking, which is a unique way to bring a more creative side to crypto which is sometimes woefully lacking.
Read the full interview at creativetechweek.nyc/tatiana-moroz-is-a-musician-bitcoin-pioneer-and-activist/.
And mark your calendars for Creative Tech Week in 2019!