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Stone Temple Pilots’ Manager: Blockchain Will Reinvent the Music Industry. Steve Stewart of Vezt. – Love Your Work, Episode 141

September 03 2018 – 07:30am

Steve Stewart was manager of the band Stone Temple Pilots. He guided them from being an unknown funk band to a multi-platinum powerhouse whose sound is synonymous with 90’s grunge. With Steve by STP’s side, they sold over 25 million records, for nearly half a billion dollars in sales.

But then the Internet happened. The record industry wasn’t selling many CD’s or records anymore. Fans were becoming a bigger part of helping music spread, and free music was key to the new success equation.

Steve had to stand by helplessly as big music industry players shot themselves in the foot, and tightened their budgets in the process. But now, Steve is trying to fill in the gap that free music created.

Now, imagine that Justin Bieber paid you. With Steve’s new company, that could become true. Steve is now CEO of Vezt. With Vezt, music fans like you can buy a share of the future earnings of a song. So if you’re a Justin Bieber fan, you could at some point buy a share of his song.

(In case you’re wondering, you can’t “short” a song, these aren’t stocks you’re buying.)

We’re going to learn more about how that works in today’s conversation. Find out:

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