Interactive experience created by VRTIFY, the world's first virtual and mixed-reality music platform
Rising singer-songwriter Jacob Whitesides and VRTIFY, the world's first virtual and mixed-reality music platform, announced on Monday they have created the first-ever channel that will deliver exclusive songs, video and live streaming virtual reality content for fans worldwide to experience Whitesides' music in a truly unique and interactive way.
For a fully immersive VR experience, fans can connect to Whitesides music by downloading the JW app for free at JWAppStore and JWGooglePlay to access the exclusive VR content, or they can view it at http://www.vrtify.com/jacob and watch a unique, 360/multi-camera live streaming.
"I'm excited to provide my fans with the world's first fully immersive VR journey," Whitesides said. "Just when they thought they couldn't get any closer, my fans will now be able to have a deeper connection to me and my music."
Fans who own Google cardboard or other VR headsets will be able to access JW channel and the following exclusive content:
•Live Streaming: Attend the exclusive live VR concert at the Log Cabin recording studio at 4 p.m. EST time on Nov. 13, and enjoy it from a variety of camera angles, even backstage from anywhere using your VR device.
•Promotion Single: Listen to new songs "Open Book" and "Focus" in an all-new VR experience.
•Jacobs VR Videos: Access to exclusive fully immersed VR content such as the "Behind the Scenes" or "Meet and Greet" videos.
Whitesides and VRTIFY will debut this groundbreaking technology during his 19th birthday celebration at The Log Cabin in New York City on Sunday. New York City-area fans in attendance will be treated to an acoustic performance, meet-and-greet, and photos with Whitesides. Tickets for his 19th birthday party will be available at JacobWhitesides.com.
Whitesides has built an artist identity and brand as his own singer/songwriter and thought leader, alongside his ever-growing worldwide fan base. From being his own CEO (Double U Records, partnered with BMG) to creating unique fan interactions, live experiences and contests - Whitesides, at 18, is challenging the music business as we know it.
Whitesides and his younger sister were raised in humble upbringings by his strong, selfless mother in the smoky mountains outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. After learning guitar at a young age and honing his vocal skills, Whitesides started winning over fans with cover videos and, soon after, his original songs. His talent, entrepreneurial skills, along with a genuinely devoted dialogue with his zealous fan base (aka Whitesiders), have led him to unprecedented independent success, including writing and recording two chart-topping EPs.
Whitesides' impressive social media numbers are not solely from one platform, but all of them and they continue to grow organically around the globe (2 million Twitter followers, 1.6 million Facebook likes, 1.3 million Instagram followers, and 366,000 YouTube subscribers with over 15 million views). His international fan base spans beyond North America to everywhere from the Philippines to Portugal, Scandinavia to South America, U.K. to Lebanon, Europe to Australasia, and more. Whitesides' first European tour (Copenhagen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Antwerp and London) sold out all dates, with London and Paris declared sold out in only 8 minutes.