A few weeks ago I had the privilege of watching one of the most popular new artists on the radio perform at the legendary Apollo Theater; Sam Smith. He is embarking on a sold out Fall tour and this was a teaser show for some of his biggest and most loyal fans. His lyrics are deep and meaningful as his delivery of such lyrics are as well deep and meaningful. He is the epitome of the phrase “music is what feelings sound like”. He was joined on stage by legend Mary J Blige and held his own while performing next to such a powerhouse. I predict even bigger things for Sam Smith. In this edition of Skywriting here are a few artists to watch, and get to know as I think their futures are bright. Enjoy this sneak peak.
Electronic Dance Music or EDM is experiencing a huge amount of success right now. What used to be more “rave” and “underground” has burst on to the mainstream front and has increased in popularity. There is a whole dance music culture which has spawned many festivals like the Electric Daisy Carnival and locally Mysteryland. Mainstream artists are pairing with DJ’s and music producers to get in on the latest craze. M83 is a French group that is one to watch. They are creative with their use of lyrics and reverb with instruments creating a very unique sound. They are 5 albums deep already but experiencing this mainstream push by attaching their music to motion pictures like Divergent. Check out www.ilovem83.com for more.
Bleachers is the creation of Fun’s Jack Antonoff. It is a indie rock sound that was created in secret until the album was finished. The single I fell in love with was “I want to get better” and is a unique sound that definetley leaves you wanting for more and for the whole album. I bought the album Strange Desire on July 15th when it was released and it has been on repeat ever since. The songs Roller-coaster and Shadow were two of my favorites on the album and yes on cut #10 you may hear Yoko Ono. For more ear candy check out www.bleachersmusic.com
Schoolboy Q started like many in the hip hop and rap world with underground mixtapes. These are albums put out by the artists themselves to generate a street buzz about them. Often times if you want to see whats new and whats on the up and coming, rummaging through those CD’s on the checkout counter in the gas station is worthwhile. He properly lunched his career in 2011 after getting the attention of Kendrick Lamar another artist and his label. His rap and rhyme style is considered similar to Jay Z which could be why I like this music so much.
Those are just a few of the up and comers but word of mouth is how to get in the know of the next big thing. So i rely on you. Who should I be listening to now?? Tweet me @skyskymedia