A lot of artists well known or not, have the prefix 3000 in their name. For example Andre 3000, Mr Oizo who's also known as oizo3000 and many others, especially in electronic music.

I've read an article about Andre3000's name origin, it explains why he changed his artist's name, but not why he chose this one.

Does anywhone know why 3000 and where it comes from ?

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When I was a kid in the 70's the year 2000 was a cliché for anything futuristic or that wanted to be seen as ahead of it's time. Innumerable books, cartoons, movies, tv shows and yes, a few bands too, had 2000 in the name.

I suppose 3000 is the new futuristic year of choice...

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    Sounds like supposition rather than an actual answer. It would be better to find some factual evidence (e.g. Artist interview) as to why it was chosen. Jun 3, 2016 at 9:54
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    You're right Roger, it is a supposition (I said so myself), but a plausible one, I'd say. I only entered it as an answer and not as comment as the OP refers to "many others", so there seems to be a common thread of sorts. But it may be something more specific to the EDM scene or any other reason, I don't have any evidence one way or the other. Jun 3, 2016 at 10:25
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    It is an good answer. An answer is not necessary THE answer, it can be incomplete, as far as it answers the question in a way, it has to be an answer. Back to subject, that's the most obvious supposition. I guess 3000 is not as "obvious" as the year 2000 was in the 80's 90's, but to my mind, the idea of "future" is definitely there !
    – Olivier
    Jun 3, 2016 at 11:27
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    I think this is correct. Compare this memorable lyric from Boom Boom Pow - "I'm so 3008, you so 2000 and late." Jun 3, 2016 at 13:58

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