DAO to 🌍 | 7 | Jason Vandal


“DAO to Earth” is an inquiry based project that seeks to further understand the experience of participating in a DAO, and how this new framework for organizing relates to the world we’re currently living in.

It was funded by the Genesis DAO through Alchemy (DAOstack’s first DAO interface), and it is comprised of 9 interviews with Genesis members. It is hoped that this series will function as a DAO-knowledge library for current builders and future explorers of the dawn of DAOs.

“From my experience with hip hop, it’s all about the experience of being there, the vibration of the crowd.”

One amazing thing about DAOs is that they attract all kinds of curious mind, with very diverse backgrounds and ares of expertise. This episode with Hip Hop artist and cultural producer Jason Vandal is the perfect example of that.

“Growing up in the heart of Chinatown, Downtown Toronto, Jason fell in love with Hip Hop in the 80’s and would Breakdance on Queen St. for spare change with his childhood friends and was always eager to put on a show.” (Vandal’s Biography)

Since then, life has taken him to live and perform in many places around the world. South East Asia is the bioregion he has been the closest to, choosing Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as his home.

As a rapper, community builder, and producer, Vandal had many reasons to experiment with decentralized technologies. Steemit was his window into this world, leading up to the project “Hip Hop the Blockchain”. From there, Vandal has discovered the world of DAOs and is now in the process of on-boarding into Alchemy and Genesis.

We talked about all of that and more in our chat. With his very unique perspective, Vandal told us abut the parallels between Hip Hop and Blockchain, some of his disillusions with both movements, his experience as a newcomer of the DAO world, and the way he sees Wu-Tang Clan and Taoist Wu Wei philosophy giving rise to the DAO of Wu.

Indeed, a unique episode!

This interview was recorded on December 4th, 2019. So please take that into consideration when listening to it.