In the late 1990s in the East London squat scene Peter Doherty and Carl Barat meet and bond over music and The Libertines are born. In 2002, former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler comes on board to produce their debut single. ‘What A Waster’/’I Get Along’ is promptly banned by Radio 1, due to its forthright swearing. On its release on the day of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee the band celebrate by playing a gig across the road from Buckingham Palace as an alternative to the massive televised gig in the grounds of the Palace full of tedious backslapping establishment rock stars. For good measure they steal copies of their own single from Virgin Megastore - a feat that’s recorded for posterity, later cropping up on the ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ video. The single hits the UK Top 40 without any airplay. They’re hailed as anti-establishment heroes after just one single. In 2003 they are awarded Best New Band in The NME Awards. The single 'Time For Heroes' reaches number 20 in the UK and in 2004, the band win Best British Band at the NME Awards.
Born and bred in New Orleans, BET Awards “Best New Artist” 2014 winner, R&B star August Alsina is eager to follow in the footsteps of the NOLA music legends that paved his way. After a set of personal setbacks and a series of YouTube covers that generated millions of views, Alsina signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2007 and released his first album Testimony and his sophomore album, This Thing Called Life also debuted in the top 20 and featured “Hip Hop”, which has become Alsina’s most successful single to date.
Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based electronic duo Lemaitre returns with a new single, “Machine,” and an early start on the festival season with performances this weekend at M3F in Phoenix, AZ and CRSSD in San Diego, CA. “Machine” – the duo’s first new offering since 2017’s Chapter One, which featured the hit single “Closer” feat. vocalist Jennie A. – blends bright synth lines, jangly guitar riffs, and soaring melody into a sweetly wistful, indie-pop-inspired confection. Lemaitre’s commitment to upending what’s expected of the musical experience dates back to their earliest days as a duo. Lund and Jansen started making music as teenagers. In summer 2010, they had a major breakthrough when “The Friendly Sound” – their second-ever release – hit No. 1 on Hype Machine overnight.
Jackson Phillips has only been creating music under the moniker Day Wave since fall 2014, and in just under six months the 25-year-old has become one of the most buzzworthy and refreshing artists to burst onto the DIY scene A departure from his synth-heavy work as one half of electro-pop duo Carousel, Day Wave crafts dreamy, lo-fi, guitar-driven indie-pop that is already turning heads. With a modest but top-quality catalogue of just three released singles, Phillips who writes, produces, and performs all of his songs, and tracks each instrument himself on an old reel-to-reel, no less is currently working on his debut LP and live show. Having already claimed the #1 Artist slot on Hype Machine twice, in addition to play list adds on Alt Nation, KCRW(including Jason Bentley's Morning Becomes Eclectic), WXPN, and more, Day Wave shows no signs of slowing down.
Melbourne's Didirri has been mesmerising people all year. His challenging and thoughtful writing, combined with on-stage charisma and relatable depth has continually won over listeners around the world. Simultaneously heartbreaking and healing, and approaching real issues with smile and charm, Didirri is an artist with something to say.
Picked by triple j for their “10 Best artists we saw at Bigsound” and “10 best live shows of 2017”, as well as frequently charting in the most played Unsigned acts on triple j and most played on triple j unearthed, Didirri was also invited to spend the day talking about his song writing and inspirations with triple j unearthed for a feature video which has been watched by over 200 thousand people.
Jess Connelly is an indépendant artist from Manila, Philippines. She began by releasing music on soundcloud in 2015. In 2016, she released her first ep, How I Love, which landed her on Spotify's 2017 'Artist’s To Watch' list. She is a fixture in her local scene, performing at boiler room Manila & hosting her own show on MTV PH. She has opened for the likes of Macklemore & performed at venues around asia, like Wonderfruit Festival. Vibe out to Jess’ smooth vocals layered over contemporary R&B tones.
Marteen projects a level of confidence, charisma, and charm that belies his 17 years of age. In fact, the Berkeley-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist possess a clear plan to flip the world of pop music on its head. Combining pop vibes with a nineties aesthetic, Marteen presents a modern twist on old school R&B – all with a little Bay Area edge. This young star has already earned buzz from The New York Times, Billboard, Paper Magazine, VMan, Just Jared, Galore, and W Korea, and has toured with industry greats such as Kehlani and Dua Lipa. With more music coming this fall, Marteen is on track to bring that one-of-a-kind Bay Area attitude worldwide.
British four-piece Swim Deep play melodic, guitar-based rock that belies the influence of '80s dream pop and '90s shoegaze. Formed in Birmingham in 2011, the band features guitarist/vocalist Austin Williams, guitarist Tom Higgins, bassist Cavan McCarthy, and drummer Zachary Robinson. Swim Deep signed with Chess Club in 2012 and released their debut single, "King City."
Several singles followed and helped garner press interest as well as a growing fan following. In 2013 Swim Deep released their debut full-length album, Where the Heaven Are We, which peaked at number 20 on the U.K. albums charts. In 2015 Swim Deep returned with their sophomore full-length album, Mothers. Showcasing a more psychedelic, gospel, and acid house-influenced sound, it was the group's first album since adding touring member and multi-instrumentalist James Balmont.
Therapy is a multi-part project born of intuitive feeling and pure necessity. For Vancouver Sleep Clinic founder TIm Bettinson, there’s no better remedy than music. Having spent the past year in what can only be described as record industry induced purgatory, Bettinson has been battling with both metaphorical and IRL demons, that left him unable to release new music - a story that we won’t delve into here. Vancouver Sleep Clinic has always been bigger than Bettinson, functioning instead as an umbrella for collaboration and community. For Therapy Bettinson enlisted the help of Revival producer Al Shux (Jay-Z), Aussie duo Finatik N Zac (A$AP Rocky) and Grammy nominated Arthur McArthur (Drake). While Therapy is littered with dark moments, the overarching premise is that something beautiful and strong can come out of emptiness. With demons vanquished and independence won back, Vancouver Sleep Clinic is full of new hope.
Art rock sensations, Sundara Karma, Sanskrit for ‘beautiful karma’, was their yell into Berkshire’s abyss. Meeting guitarist Ally Baty and bassist Dom Cordell at his new school, Oscar and Haydn formed the band aged 14 and began sneaking onto bills in “dodgy pubs with three people in the audience, mainly old, bearded, beer-bellied men who were more interested in the beer” from 16, often getting kicked out whenever the proprietors discovered they were underage.
Sundara Karma’s songs are personal reactions to art, literature and culture – Plato, Wilde, Bram Stoker, Manet, Buddha – that tackle topics from online self-obsession to consumer capitalism, the smokescreen of the nuclear family and the lies at the heart of the teenage dream.
The Trees & The Wild emerged in 2005 as a home-recording project by Remedy Waloni. In this period, with help from university classmates, which included high school friend Andra Kurniawan, he recorded and posted a number of tracks on Myspace. With Andra Kurniawan they later developed the initial tracks written by Remedy and the first incarnation of the band was born.Local independent label Lil'Fish Records discovered The Trees & The Wild on Myspace in 2008 and recorded those demos the following year, which became an album called Rasuk. In 2010 drummer Hertri Nur Pamungkas joined the group. Soon after, bassist Tyo Prasetya and singer Charita Utami joined the group, completing the line-up.
70sOC [read: seventis o see] is the new identity of a trio-style rock group from Bandung previously known as the 70s Orgasm Club. The trio that has released Supersonicloveisticated mini album in 2011 is now coming up with a new identity. The name is shortened to 70sOC, new personnel Fabian Gifarian (bass) and Gantira Sena (drums) which complement Anto Arief (vocals / guitar).
2015 adalah tahun dimana Rinni Wulandari dan Jevin Julian dipertemukan pada sebuah kompetisi musik The Remix dan membentuk grup duo yang bernama Soundwave. Kelihaian Jevin Julian dalam meremix musik dan karakter suara dari Rinni Wulandari membuat mereka berdua sangat mudah disukai masyarakat. Setelah kompetisi usai, mereka tetap melanjutkan Soundwave.
Single “Salah” yang dulunya dipopulerkan oleh Potret, dibawakan kembali oleh mereka dengan aransemen yang berbeda. Sentuhan elektronik musik yang Jevin berikan, bisa membuat warna baru di lagu ini, sehingga terasa lebih fresh.
Soundwave ingin memperkenalkan electronik musik serta memberikan warna baru di Indonesia dengan tampilan yang fresh, young dan ear catchy. Soundwave ingin menjelaskan lewat karya mereka bahwa musik elektronik itu tidak melulu keras dan pumping. Tetapi, bukan berarti kedepannya Soundwave tidak mengeluarkan unsur- unsur Future Bass & Trap yang memang merupakan ciri khas mereka..