Hideaway hitmaker Kiesza, who suffered brain damage in a serious Toronto car accident in 2017, is parlaying that experience into a new NFT fundraising effort that will help amputee children and animals get 3D printed custom-made prosthetics.
“If it weren’t for the accident, I think I would have approached the NFT space a lot differently,” said the Toronto-based electro-pop artist down the line from somewhere near Cody, Wyo., where she was on her first dinosaur dig.
In 2017, she suffered a traumatic brain injury when her Uber was T-boned in Toronto by a cab running a red light as she was making her way to meet a friend for dinner.
Kiesza, born Kiesa Rae Ellestad, has partnered with 3D visual artist Luke Didlo to release the MetaMoves motion capture NFT — which brings to life an avatar through movement — that will be auctioned off by the auction house, Portion.
“I related to (MetaMoves) having been in a massive car accident and having something taken away from me, including my whole career (that began in 2014 with her hit song, Hideaway) and a big portion of my social life,” added Kiesza. “My whole life was completely altered by a car crash. I have been gaining some of what I lost back again. But if you lose a limb, it’s never coming back.”
The actual MetaMoves piece was taken from Kiesza performing her song Passenger on the Ellen Show in April.
“We are only selling the motion,” said Kiesza. “You can buy dance moves and your avatar will be able to dance, but not only be able to dance, you’re dancing like Kiesza, me. We’re making motion for the metaverse for the digital world, but from that income, we’re building physical limbs for the physical world.”
In the meantime, Kiesza’s next record — the followup to 2020’s sophomore effort Crave — will be “a full dance album,” she said. “It’s almost complete.”
And her recovery still continues as she suffers from cluster headaches, sometimes daily or weekly.
“I’m definitely healing every day slowly,” she said. “I’m going to be doing shows throughout the summer. They’re going to be a hybrid of my albums and I might actually sneak some of these new songs into my sets. And I hoping to tour my own shows again in the fall.”
WHAT IS AN NFT?
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital assets that can be everything from art to music which are then bought and sold online.