Pioneering music marketplace Artist Republik is announcing an impactful acquisition to its ever-evolving marketplace with the introduction of Featured X. A leading site for musicians to successfully work together with other musicians, the collaborative platform perfectly rounds out Artist Republik’s 360 degree offerings. Originally inspired by the alternative ‘warped tour’ scene, Featured X is best known for their roster of alt rock, indie rock, hardcore, pop-punk and metal musicians. Some key players include Kellin Quinn of well-known rock band Sleeping With Sirens, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills and Shane Told of Canadian rock band Silverstein. The Founders of Featured X, Jeff Menig and Ryan ‘Tuck’ O’Leary, launched the platform with an understanding of the ways in which the old school rock n roll mentality doesn’t translate to the modern model. Jeff’s extensive experience in building brands and bands for the digital age combined with Ryan’s network built from six years of touring with his band Fit For a King leave the duo nearly unstoppable.
“FeaturedX is not just a platform but a community. These individuals are my friends and together we were able to support each other through one of the most difficult years for a touring musician. It was incredible to see what we were all capable of when we stuck together and that’s what FeaturedX is really all about. The table is large, everyone is invited and everyone can eat.” – Ryan ‘Tuck’ O’Leary
The acquisition comes off the heels of Artist Republik’s latest adoption of Elite Reviews, which gives artists the opportunity to pay for established acts to review their music before it even goes LIVE. The news about Featured X comes as no surprise as Artist Republik continues to partner with major brands in order to establish itself as a leading marketing resource center and social networking platform for musicians all over the world. Featured X originally went LIVE in hopes of providing rock musicians with a legitimate way to make money while ultimately encouraging artists to adopt a more productive, collaborative mindset. “This partnership was a no-brainer for us. Our biggest motivation has been unshackling artists from the ‘way it’s always been’ structure, giving them the freedom both artistically and monetarily they’ve always deserved. This deal will allow us to bring that reality to fruition for our community & beyond much faster than anticipated, and we cannot wait to continue to help artists value themselves more than ever before.” – Jeff Menig, Featured X.
The acquisition comes as music start-ups are feeling more competitive than ever during COVID. With the rise of popular networking hubs like Clubhouse, quarantine has sparked a new wave of interest in easy to access tools. These tools are allowing artists to continue to release new music as well as expand their networks with ease while live shows are still not a possibility. With now over 75k users from around the world, Artist Republik is committed to its platform and the ways in which it hopes to challenge older models and instead, help artists to be successful without the help of a record label.