Today, I’m going to tell you about 5 artists that you probably didn’t know existed.
#1 : CJ Trillo
So, this rapper is freaking amazing. I started listening to him more than 2 years back, starting with his album/mixtape ‘Ars Gratia Artis’. I then heard ‘Trill Life’ and trust me, that mixtape as a whole was absolutely amazeballs. I mean, you could listen to it end to end and not skip a single song – and I’m not lying at all. Then came ‘Heavy’ which, according to me, wasn’t his best work ever. However, he was back with another release this year, ‘Nostalgia – Vol. 1’ and I was blown away in true CJ Trillo fashion.
His lyrics are so hard-hitting that honestly they give you goosebumps. Unlike many other artists today, he’s absolutely true to his work and truly loves his fans. And the love is reciprocated – he’s got 7000 downloads and 100,000 plays on his latest tape!
He’s got a dedicated music producer and manager now and it looks like he’s going big.
Also, here’s my favourite song of his so far:
#2 : Coyote Theory
I discovered these guys through a piratebay promo a few years back. Their latest stuff isn’t all that great, but their Color – EP was really, really good! Specially the songs ‘Art of Understanding’, ‘Vibe’ and ‘This Side of Paradise’. They really took indie-rock to a totally new level.
Plus, their video for Vibe was genius.
#3 : Felly
So I discovered this guy on YouTube while searching for videos related to Native Instruments’ Maschine. (That’s a sample pad controller/sampling software, for the uninitiated). I absolutely love his vibe. He’s got this really chilled out attitude which has a pretty magnetic power – his 25k subs on YouTube really show that. His lyrics aren’t all that fantastic though, to be honest, but his beats: wow. So chill, so smooth, so rad. He’s got a real flair for sampling the dopest chops from his amazing vinyl collection. I must admit I’m quite jealous of his life though. He seems like he’s having a good time – and he brags about it in his music.
#4 : Young The Giant
I happened to come across these California guys in a SPIN Magazine iTunes playlist in 2011 with their ‘Apartment’. Believe it or not, their frontman is an Indian who went to Stanford. And dropped out. Every Indian parent’s dream, right? They are another alternative band I really like. Specially their songs ‘Apartment’ and ‘Cough Syrup’.
Fun fact: Sameer Gadhia (the frontman and vocalist) looks like Nick from New Girl’s twin brother. Heheh.
#5 : Me!
No, Me! is not an artist’s name. I’m referring to myself! I’ve been making music since 2011 and putting em up on SoundCloud since 2012, when I released my debut EP, The Better Side. On the top right corner of this page, you can see a link which says ‘SoundCloud Tracks’. There are my songs! Alternatively, click on SoundCloud under ‘Web Presence’ on the left side bar of this page. Or click here.
I’m mainly into Pop/Hip-Hop/Acoustic (varied genres, I know) but this summer I plan to release more stuff which is acoustic based.
That is all.