After Lecturer of Computer Science at the University of Essex and startup founder, Somdip Dey’s deal with a VC to fund his food waste startup – Nosh Technologies – fell apart, Dey had to resort to innovative methods to fund his company and its employees. Dey was born in India where his parents – Soma Dey and Sudip Dey – were both artists and was raised in an environment, which was enriched with music. Though as he grew older his goal shifted towards reducing food waste by leveraging technology after facing a tragic accident in the family, which forced him to survive by salvaging food from dustbins in a foreign country. This led him to co found Nosh Technologies – an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based deep tech company that uses cutting edge technologies to reduce food waste at home.
In the beginning of 2021, the company had an offer from Plug and Play Ventures to fund the nosh project, however, the deal fell apart last minute and to support the employees and operations of the company, Dey built two AI algorithms that are capable of creating music and artwork. Dey has been selling the artwork as NFT on different platforms such as OpenSea and Bitclout.com; and also generating revenue from his music, which is available on all major streaming platforms including Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, etc. Regardless of these methods being highly unconventional, however, the method has generated a lot of revenue to successfully fund the startup.
Dey releases music using the stage name – InteliDey – on different genres that include trance, psytrance, psychedelic & techno; mentioned, “Growing up music played an important role in my life. It has been a constant source of comfort regardless of what I’ve been through. During
“My creative process depends on what I am feeling and my emotions at the moment. I translate that to my artificial intelligence algorithm along with the length of the song and the genre of music I want to produce; and in a few hours the music is ready. I then select the ones that I like and make them available to the world. To be honest, most of the heavily lifting is done by my AI algorithm!”
My music is based on my emotions and feelings. I produce music solely based on these two factors. Well, my AI produces music based on my emotions and feelings as I instruct it to do. For example, recently, I have been introduced to the bounce music scene of New Orleans thanks to my friends, which inspired me to produce the single titled “Twerk That Ass”
“My teenage years, I got introduced to the music of Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and Eric Prydz; and have been always inspired by them. However, given I had zero knowledge on how to create music myself, so, I was dependent on my favourite artists to get the type of music that I like.”
However, when the deal with VC fell apart and I was exploring ways to fund my startup and I asked myself that being a technologist I can now create music by leveraging artificial intelligence.
“Another example, is that I often consume ecstasy while going out clubbing, giving me the sense of euphoria and I wanted to translate that feeling into music. This led to the creation of the single, titled “Psychiblast”
The state of technology is that powerful these days. Henceforth, ended up creating AI algorithms that can create artwork and music; and has been releasing them to generate revenue to fund the logistics of my company. So far, it has been great, especially when my music has got really good feedback and has been streamed more than a hundred thousand times on different platforms. In this way, I can also create music that I particularly enjoy listening to as well!”
Somdip Dey a.k.a InteliDey’s music on different platforms:
Nosh Technologies’ website: https://nosh.tech