David Rosen creates NFT technology for music creators – Sidelines

Story of Elise Sandlin | Contributing author

The music industry has changed for young, developing artists since NFT technology provided them with a space to share their work without the usual scrutiny that many creators face. NFTs, or “non-fungible tokens,” are digital collectibles that represent unique artwork, sound recordings, and other items so they can be bought and sold online without fraud.

David S. Rosen was a game changer in the NFT world. As CEO and Founder of Dopr, an NFT dashboard dedicated to discovering and tracking music NFTs, Rosen has created a space for music artists to sell their work and gain recognition without the usual complications that many creators face in the music industry.

David S. Rosen

“As an independent artist for 20 years, I’ve seen the inequities of the music industry firsthand,” Rosen said. “I decided to use insights from my neuroscience research to help make a difference for artists. Dopr was born out of my neuroscience research on the formation of musical preferences in popular music.

Rosen is passionate about making it easier for those who want to publish their work but have had complications with acknowledgment and fraud. His passion stems from an understanding, for he has been on the side of the struggling artist. He loved music all his life and his career has taken him far since his days as a solo artist.

“I fell in love with music in second grade and started taking piano lessons at age eight,” Rosen said. “I’ve been playing bass guitar for 22 years and have a background in jazz. I have extensive musical performance experience with my rock bands, Igor’s Egg, Chronicles of Sound, The Space Cats and currently Nakama. I also handled management and reservations for them.

Rosen also has a background in education and public speaking, as well as research and a doctorate.

He graduated in Psychology from Emory University and earned his Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive and Brain Sciences from Drexel University. In his research with Dopr co-founder Scott Miles, patterns of optimal familiar surprise related to musical preference and commercial success. This research was published in a Top 10 article in 2017 by Frontiers of Neuroscience. Rosen focuses her research on music cognition, creativity and flow.

“We can use this research and technology to have the most impact on artists’ careers by helping to bring about an economic paradigm shift in the music industry, so that we can better compensate more artists,” Rosen said. “It’s a future I can support and my co-founders can support.”

Rosen continues to seek ways to grow Dopr and give young artists a voice and the means to make their art.

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