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August 21, 2023 | Tom Ballard

DigiTraxAI honored for contributions to Hip-Hop music and culture

The South Knoxville company, led by Joe Vangieri, was recognized for its "KR38R Platform."

DigiTraxAI, a music technology company headquartered in Knoxville that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new ways of creating and experiencing music, was recently honored with the “Technology Advancement Award” at Hip-Hop’s 50th-anniversary event in New York City.

The award, which was presented earlier this month at the Classic Car Club Manhattan, recognized DigiTraxAI’s innovative AI music tech contributions while celebrating Hip-Hop’s legacy. Specifically, the honor was for the South Knoxville firm’s “KR38R Platform” (pronounced Creator) that we spotlighted in this January 2020 article. According to Joe Vangieri, the power behind DigiTraxAI, the KR38R platform provides a way to create original music without infringing on someone’s intellectual property. That’s increasingly important in a crowded and litigation-dominated society.

Vangieri has years of experience working with Hip-Hop, specifically for introducing “PCDJ”, the first digital DJ software in the late 90s. He and his wife, Cathy, moved from Florida to Knoxville in 2012 when he was named to lead DigiTrax Entertainment, the parent company to SoKnox Studios. The latter was a sound-alike/karaoke recording company that creates interactive music for apps and products for the web, mobile and social media.

The award and the event were organized by Epic HBCU Collective, an organization that combines educators, creators, innovators, business moguls, and neighborhood advocates to focus on maximizing and evolving the experience that Historical Black Colleges and Universities provide. The award not only celebrates technological advancements but also the deep connection between technology and culture.

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