Is Voice Licensing A Future Revenue Stream for Artists? — DJ Fresh Thinks So

July 12

  Is voice licensing for artists a new revenue stream in the era of AI? Enter VoiceSwap by DJ Fresh.

AI voice cloning can re-create an artist’s voice using machine learning and hours of samples. Unauthorized mash-ups, such as the Drake and the Weeknd collaboration, gained popularity on social media and streaming platforms before being taken down due to copyright issues. In response to this trend, DJ Fresh and software developer Nico Pellerin have created VoiceSwap, a platform that aims to create AI voice models authorized by artists.

Artists who sign up and agree to have their voices used receive a 50% share of the revenue generated by their voice model. Currently, VoiceSwap features vocals from five artists, with plans to expand to include more in the future. The platform claims to accurately recreate an artist's voice with approximately 25 minutes of singing or eight a capella tracks. Artists retain ownership of AI-generated recordings that use their voice model and can choose whether or not to license or feature on any recordings created using the platform.

VoiceSwap also emphasizes a robust rights and permissions framework, using patented technology to trace vocal recordings and prevent piracy. The service is currently available through subscription tiers ranging from $5.99 to $29.99 per month, with a free trial option available.