Momentum is on the side of producer and multi-instrumentalist BOSA as he struts his way forward into the new year. The Los Angeles-based studio mastermind has really started to climb the ladder of the underground house music scene, with some notable recent releases, including “Howl at the Moon,” a collaboration between him and rapper Eligh of hip-hop duo Living Legends, as well as singer Monster Luna. It’s a great mishmash of styles, from Monster Luna’s exquisite French vocals to Eligh’s fervent hip-hop rhymes and words, and to top it all off, the magical electronic beats and arrangement provided by BOSA.
BOSA, who used to release music under his real name Stephan Jacobs, is right at home in the studio and has also worked as an engineer for a lot of significant hip-hop artists like A$AP Rocky. He’s also performed at Coachella, the Vans Warped Tour, and Burning Man.
With a new year comes new opportunity for the producer, as he just launched his very own official NFT collection Wayha on January 3rd. Wayha is an immersive experience, combining audio and video, led by artist and developer Axon Genesis. It features the music of BOSA and has fashion inspired by the style influencer Roxy Emily Kravitz, aka Roxer Tronica. Wayha is meant to represent the celebration of rebirth and renewal, all the while diving deep into our connection with nature and the cycles that create life.
With Wayha now officially launched, it seemed like a no-brainer to connect with BOSA for a Cryptocurrency-focused Q&A in which he discusses his early interest in Crypto, who he sees as the primary influencer, and his recommendation for how to get started with Bitcoin.
How did you first learn about Crypto?
BOSA: “I first learned about cryptocurrency in 2010 through an old friend of mine named Dave, who went by the nickname LazySlave. He was very passionate about Bitcoin, and although I didn’t fully understand it at the time, I wish I had paid more attention. Unfortunately, Dave passed away in a motorcycle accident sometime later. He was such a close friend that I actually drove him home from an event the night before he passed.”
When did you start getting into Crypto?
“I officially started getting into cryptocurrency when it was starting to become popular, around the time of the 2017 bull run. It was an exciting time, even though the market eventually crashed. Although I didn’t invest heavily, it was still a fun experience for me.”
What drew you to Crypto?
“My long-term partner Roxy is actually much more knowledgeable about cryptocurrency than I am. I usually just follow her lead and have learned a lot from her. That’s what drew me to the world of crypto.”
What do you think is the best application of Crypto?
“In my opinion, the best application of crypto would be a comprehensive, all-in-one app that simplifies and streamlines financial transactions. Something like Venmo, but with the added security and stability of a stablecoin. I recently used an app called MOBY that seems to be heading in this direction, with clear, instant transactions and a built-in stablecoin. However, I think the ultimate goal would be an app that not only handles transactions, but also calculates taxes and fees automatically, making it even more user-friendly and efficient. That would be truly next-level.”
Who is the person that has the most influence on Crypto right now? Do you wish they had more or less?
“Right now, I would say that Elon Musk has the most influence on cryptocurrency. His tweets about Bitcoin and Dogecoin, in particular, have caused major price fluctuations in the market. In fact, I even got caught up in the hype and bought some Dogecoin myself. While I’m still holding onto it, I have no idea if it will ultimately turn out to be a good investment or not.
“As for whether I wish he had more or less influence, that’s a tough one. On the one hand, it’s exciting to see a high-profile figure like Musk taking an interest in crypto. On the other hand, his influence can be unpredictable and potentially destabilizing for the market. So, I think it’s important to approach cryptocurrency investments with caution, regardless of who is influencing the market.”
What is your favourite memory since you started trading Crypto?
“My favorite memory since I started trading cryptocurrency was definitely during the 2017 bull run when the value of my investments soared. It was an incredible feeling to see my money multiply by ten times in such a short period of time. Unfortunately, I think I may have held onto those investments for too long because now they’re about at a break-even point. But it was still a memorable and exciting experience for me.”
We’ve seen Bitcoin and Ethereum referred to as Tupac and Biggie Smalls, respectively. What do you think? Have a better or alternate comparison?
“It’s interesting to compare Bitcoin and Ethereum to Tupac and Biggie, two influential and iconic figures in the world of music. Instead of thinking of them as rivals, I like to imagine what it would be like if they could collaborate and what that would sound like. In the world of cryptocurrency, it’s important to consider how different coins and technologies can work together and how they can complement each other, rather than always viewing them as competitors.”
If one is interested in Bitcoin but has never ventured down the rabbit hole, where do you recommend they start?
“If you’re interested in getting into Bitcoin but don’t know where to start, my recommendation would be to start small and be cautious. It’s important to do your research and try to make calculated risks. I also recommend taking the time to learn about how the entire process works on a platform like Binance or whichever one you choose to use.
“The world of cryptocurrency can be confusing, with a lot of steps and terminology to learn, so it’s best to take it slow and not rush into anything. Do your due diligence, and you’ll be on your way to understanding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.”
What’s your theory or best guess as to who (or what) Satoshi Nakamoto is?
“I have a theory that my friend Dave, aka LazySlave, who I mentioned in my first answer, could have been the person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Dave was extremely passionate about Bitcoin from a very early stage and was also a genius coder, so it’s not a stretch to imagine him being capable of creating it.”
You’ve lost a bet and have to get a Bitcoin-based tattoo. What are you getting and where?
“If I lost a bet and had to get a Bitcoin-based tattoo, I think I’d go all out and get a giant QR code of my wallet address tattooed on my neck. That way, when I’m playing shows or out and about, people can just scan my neck and send me some sweet, sweet Bitcoin. Or, you know, they could just ask for my wallet address the normal way. Either way, I’m always open to receiving payments in any form, even if it means getting a giant tattoo as a result of losing a bet. Hey, at least it’ll make for a good story!”