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[Ones to Watch]: Live Nation Presents Allie X & Buddy – LA

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ONES TO WATCH STRIKES AGAIN FT. ALLIE X & BUDDY

Back at it again with Live Nation’s incredible event that showcases some of the most talented up-and-coming artists today! Ones to Watch has to be one of the best ideas in the music industry and for it. On the hunt for new talent, OTW scouts search and seize those they find have incredible musical skills and potential and bring them to this one night where they are seen by many within the music business world!

Last wednesday, (August 2nd), OTW presented us two artists of different genres who truly have a passion for their art and a talent that will most likely blow up on the charts at some point!The crowd that night was ecstatic as all filed in to get their free shirts from Bella X Canvas and The Shirt Agency and to get their free beverages from the bar. The room decorated with chandeliers looked fantastic under the lighting and the glass windows showed off a perfect sunset to start the night.

To set the scene, the event unfolds before our eyes on a simple stage of mics, seats, a drum set, a rug, and a “One to Watch” projected backdrop.

Artist 1: Allie X (Electronic-Pop):

Allie X is a radiant character hailing from Oakville, Ontario. Her real name is Alexandra Ashley Hughes. She originally came from a classical piano, opera, and musical theatre background, and it wasn’t until 2014 when she started to outgrow that scene to enter into the world of pop and electronica. Her first ever released single was “Catch”, which Time magazine had written about. Her music can be described as whimsical, positive melancholy, and enchanting. They’re hypnotic in their own way with her strong, yet serene vocals and she just manages to shock you with that electric feel. She will remind you of Betty Who, Charli XCX, and upbeat Lana Del Ray, and Ashe.

In 2015, she released her debut EP CollXtion I and in 2017, she released her sophomore EP CollXtion II. She has drawn quite the crowd through the power of her music and with her inquisitive nature and her fascinating personality, she draws attention to herself. She exposes a whole new side of the nature of pop to her fans and listeners. Truly a talent, she is one to watch.

Listen to her music below:

Artist 2: Buddy (Hip-Hop/R&B):

The second artist at the event was Buddy, a young man from Compton, CA who will remind you of artists such as Mack Wilds, Tunji Ige, and Saba. Simmie Sims (aka Buddy) has a cutting-edge sound to offer the hip-hop world. He was known for his impressive rap battles in the LA scene and starting at the age of 11, Buddy was performing in various showcases, and writing and performing for a rap collective. He was found out by DJ Casanova who then decided to take the budding rapper under his wing to help construct his style and discover his musical persona.

Soon after, Pharrell would find Buddy and mentor him. Together, the two produced Buddy’s single “Awesome Awesome” with the Neptunes. Buddy spits fire and will remind you of the skillful, witty tricks of Vince Staples, but he will also remind you of the fun, light-hearted stylings of Smino. He’s a new taste for hip hop. He recently collaborated with KAYTRANADA to create his EP Ocean & Montana. He will also be on a US tour with KYLE this fall, so be on the lookout for this one to watch.

Listen to his music below:

 

 

 

Find more emerging artists, here at OnesToWatch.com!

Emmit Fenn Tells an Electric Indie Story Via his Masterful EP ‘Prologue’

 

The soundtrack to life

Emmit Fenn is a singer, songwriter, and producer of indie electronic melodies and with those tunes he has accumulated over 23 million  Spotify streams thus far. It’s no secret that offbeat, downtempo music has become a sub-genre of the mainstream sounds, but Fenn is taking that noise and restructuring it into the cinematic soundscapes he now produces. These are the songs that will not only capture your soul, but will also instill a feeling of mystery and seductive darkness you weren’t aware you adored. It is the phantom of music that creeps in your dreams and that continues to keep you dreaming. It’s a lullaby with harmonies that shoot out in different directions and sounds. Each song takes you on a new adventure and every time it is never short of an exhilarating experience.

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I had the chance to interview this young producer from Berkley, CA  and there is no denying the fact that Fenn is a talented and intellectual artist. The first debut of his EP Painting Greys released back in 2015 and peaked at #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral chart for over a week! Now, the artist just released his EP Prologue in June of this summer, and it is one to not forget. With features like YUNA and Nylo on the record, there is only room for good vibes to fill the airspace. (You can listen to the project above!)

Fenn’s music is like watching a Terence Malik film- artistic, imaginative, and haunting. Wandering down his own black and white realms, the man who not only writes stories and composes the music, but also sings in them, walks us through these realms where hardcore synths, orchestral fabrications, and indie-pop vocals intertwine and fit in broken rhythms and fragmented beats. His music is complex, and you can hear the passion as he paints in the grey tones to his music.

Fenn’s alternative world sounds like a mixture of Godspeed, James Blake, RKCB, and Shy Girls! In each track of this EP, he travels down another exotic stream of consciousness.

So now Fenn, the jock/surfer-dude and sonic designer that he is, explained to me more of his story and how it all came to be.

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“I make electronic music, or that’s what they have categorized me as, but I kind of make everything across the board, from electronic to acoustic stuff to classic stuff and it started when I was 12, like the most stereotypical story in the world”, he chuckles to himself and continues, “I found my friend’s keyboard in his garage when he was moving and he just let me have it and i kind of just became obsessed with playing it. I would make all these Christmas albums for my family and friends every year and then I would keep making them for random holidays like Valentine’s day, and then I would have all of these classical albums then finally in 2013 when I graduated high school another one of my friend’s showed me how to use Logic, and showed me how to  make my own sound and then I started to make electronic music, and then it slowly kind of morphed into what I am doing today.”

The conversation went on about how that was an extremely movie-esque situation, and we laughed a bit more. The artist from the Bay Area then went on to discuss how he had grown up in kind of the perfect neck of the woods in terms of being a musician then.

“So many cool kids came from my high school. G-Eazy, Lonely Islanders, and other amazing musicians, and a lot of my friends made music and the Bay Area, Berkley, and Oakland have such a culture to it, it certainly helped out a lot”.

He continues, “I did my first show in Sweden which was super fun for a Sony live event; and Tove Styrke and some others were there, it was crazy, it was so fun, that was the first ever electronic show I have ever done”.

I asked him if he had traveled down the same path that some producers had done to kickstart their musical journeys as a producer, meaning was he first a DJ before entering this realm, or was it straight into the production scene. “It was straight to production, I went from really classical music into production and DJing, and I’m still not really a DJ because everything I do live is all done live.”

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I was curious to know how the amazing collaborations occurred and he was excited to tell the tale. “It was really crazy, I had written this song, and I knew that I really wanted a girl to be on the second verse and I was kind of looking through  the artists I really like and would really like to work with and then there was, you know, musicians we could probably get, and then there were musicians who were like ‘reach’ musicians and were probably people who were not going to do it, but let’s just ask, so we reached out to Yuna’s team, which I thought like ‘no way’, but she responded like a day later and  was like ya, ‘yup, that’s good’. The song was already written, I had already written her part, so she came in a week later and we recorded and it was done like a week later. It was really amazing. She’s so cool, we talk all the time, and she’s just a beautiful human being.”

“Then Nylo, she had done stuff for Zhu, and she like followed me on Soundcloud and I followed her back and that’s kind of how that started, and I was in the middle of a song that I wanted someone to sing on and I sent it to her and she just killed it”.

If you haven’t already seen the musician’s website yourself, then you better go check it out now because it is one of my favorite designs of a website ever. It perfectly portrays his music and how he wants you to experience his music and it gives each song a character of its own to play. “We kind of had this idea when I was still in the development stage, I had so much different music from like pure piano songs and to some that were dance/house songs, and we were trying to figure out how to make a branding fit this whole spectrum that of all the music that was being made of and we couldn’t figure anything out, and we reached out to this guy who does all of my artwork now with all of these ideas. One was this little bar, like this grayscale bar for a Soundcloud banner, and we all just kind of like, once we all saw that we all decided that that’s it, that right there was like the whole project, just that little bar, and we decided let’s put that on everything and kind of run with that, so we kind of decided that the bar would represent the range of music and the range of stories through the project. It kind of encompasses everything, when we reached out to Active Theory, we knew we wanted the bar to be the front and center thing, and that’s how it started and then it kind of started tumbling into more and more things like what if each bar represented a different song, and you clicked the song and you clicked on the bar and it represented a different experience and so ya, it was definitely a process of many different ideas.”

Speaking of ideas, as I had mentioned before, Fenn is a storyteller, and like any good narrator, he writes these stories down but in musical form. I wanted to know how the musical theory behind his music worked and how he approached the songwriting process. “I get asked this everyday, I write all the time, I have a notebook that I write stories in, kind of like a journal, so when I’m writing I just scroll through all my writing and pick out a story or an idea that I previously thought of, and mostly their just relationships… Sometimes the sound comes from the idea of the song or sometimes the opposite, the idea comes from the sound, there are so many different ways of going about songwriting.”

And like any artist, he wishes to evolve and transform his sound as much as he can. It’s a personal challenge he wishes to embrace, and that was one of the things he wanted his fans to take note of. “I think the biggest thing right now, what I want to get across is that no song or EP is going to be the same exact thing as the EP before. I know that people get crazy about when things are not the exact same, like ‘Oh, you got to make the same song as so-and-so’ but each EP is going to be a completely different genre and world than the one before it.”

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We then transitioned the conversation to have some fun, and get away from the seriousness of his career such as catch phrases, favorite artists to hopefully collaborate with and spirit animals.

He laughed at this one and confessed “it’s kind of a weird one but my favorite thing to say is “juug” instead of good, like ”oh that’s juug'”.

His dream artist to collaborate with would be Bon Iver. “Bon Iver, is just amazing, I don’t know if I would want to collaborate with him on a song, but just to play with him live on stage, would just be ugh, so amazing, I can’t, my first concert was Bon Iver…the other would be Marilyn Manson, first of all I think he’s a genius outside music, just politically, a super amazing speaker and really good person. And his music is just so far out there and on a different level “.

We also attempted to brainstorm a spirit animal and came across possibly a perfect choice. “Most of my music is really sad…so ya, like Eyore from Winnie the Pooh”. (Animal choice courtesy of my expertise).

Towards the end of our silly conversation, I asked him if there’s anything that we should be excited for in the coming future, to which he replied, “There is a new EP coming out… uhh haha how much can I tell you? Well, going on tour, and I’ll have more EPs out this year”!

It’s hard to believe that this budding 21-year old (same age as me!) has such a mastery in this art, and I was honored to be able to chat with him on what he is passionate form about. So… listen to his music above, drift away into this multi-dimensional world of sound, and be sure to stay tuned for when his new EP releases.

Also, don’t forget to follow him on his socials!

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Opia Shares Amazing, Whimsical Project: ‘Faded’

Tunes to make out to are back and the chemistry is even hotter than before

In this eclectic escapade of a compilation,  Opia brings forth its well-constructed and highly sought out EP Faded. The electro-funk duo have been creating music since 2010 and have been releasing track after track in the following years. Today, the wait is over as their full project consisting of 6 tracks finally is released for all to hear and share!

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Like Sunday morning vibes,  these melodies take you on a dreamy trip into your inner erotic subconscious and sweep you off your feet to creep under the bed sheets with you and keep you there. It’s a blissful haze of sound that builds, destroy, and builds  the guitar riffs and vocals. These talented two, Opia, are going to go very far with their skills and I am very excited what they will produce as these guys are known to be innovators of their own, bewildering and attractive tunes!

“Heart of Gold”, the slow-tempo and genuine single, was the only song that was not released along with the other tracks, and so it was the surprise in the entirety of the album’s creation.

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Other songs included are “Faded”, an uplifting and anthemic track, “YDU”, a seductive and funky record, “Devil in Disguise”, a coarse and melodic rock song, “Secrets” ft Sam Fischer, a rhythmic, soulful tune, and lastly “Falling”, their electric, down-tempoed, cool, and erotic hit single.

All of these tracks have been released before, and in fact, the release plan began as of 2016 and have progressed since. The band slowly make their way to recognition by being noticed by Earmilk, TIME magazine, and making it to the top managers of an artist. Recently, the pair came back from their spectacular tour opening for Marian Hill. The boys will once  again be on tour starting as of this fall in Los Angeles, so be sure to check them out as they open for the talented, Whethan! For your consideration, the Touring List is Below!

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Los Angeles
San Francisco
Santa Cruz
San Luis Obispo
Portland
Vancouver
Eugene
Reno
Salt Lake City
Fort Collins
Lincoln
Lawrence
Fayetteville
Nashville
Atlanta
New Orleans
Orlando
Fort Lauderdale
Tampa
Charleston
Asheville
Morgantown
Baltimore

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Be sure to follow the dudes on these sites, for more information on the act and their latest happenings!

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King Henry & RY X Drop Moody Track “Destiny” on Adoring Fans

Between whispers of desire…

Comes this incredible downtempo-electronic indie record “Destiny” produced by the mastery of the Major Lazer co-producer and one of the original founding fathers of the Team Supreme collective, King Henry.  The single features the stunning vocals of the Australian singer-songwriter RY X. This amazing new track released by the skilled curator of beats includes the collaboration of the indie-folk musician to design a soft sounded vibe to complete the rest of the library of tracks to fill your summer playlists.

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The airy, pixie-like whines in the song add an element of sensual horror. The entirety of the track is like a down-tempoed 90’s-track with a fast-paced undertone and a sweet-indie pop lullaby. The electricity in the light energy thriving throughout the song ignites a hopefulness in the tune, though a melancholy topic of coming-of-age and leaving behind the past. The nostalgia hits you as the words set you in a wonderland and leaves you to wander in your own desires, aspirations, and curiosities. RY X’s voice croons over the light and hypnotic melodies and the Red Light Management represented artists command the sound waves with their vibes. “Destiny” rightfully found itself amidst the rankings of the Spotify weekly New Music Friday playlist.

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King Henry’s artistry has been an incredible journey. Starting in school studying music, working alongside Diplo, becoming a producer for big artists such as Beyoncé, The Weeknd, and more, earning a Grammy nomination, and taking on a successful solo career of his own, King Henry is finding his rightful place on the throne of electronic music.

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King Henry intends to continue his reign of royalty as he prepares to drop a new EP to be released via Black Butter Records and his own Duke City imprint, so be sure to stay tuned!

RY X as the former leader of the band The Acid, RY X has taken on a solo career where he released his debut album Dawn last year through Infectious Records and Loma Vista Records and built an adoring fan base with his enchanting music. This virtuoso of music is paving a path of his own unique elements that make him a master in his genre.

These versatile and fluid artists are undoubtedly strong players in the music scene and we look forward to seeing where these artists will take off next in their musical journeys!

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PLS&TY Unleashes a Killer Track that will Run You Wild

Let this song run you wild

If you’re looking for what cutting-edge means, you won’t need to use a dictionary for this one. Just press play above to hear PLS&TY’s recent release “Run Wild”. This single is an incredible banger that is sure to be a hit on the dance floor. It does not require any remixes to spice up the track, in fact PLS&TY has done that all on his own, making the track extremely riveting with its charismatic, high energy, song that is a battle cry of musical creation. The incantations are incredible, carrying the song throughout what the time frame will allow, and preparing you for the depths of life that march into the jungle and run for the great escape. The drums are haunting, like bones against the ground chiming to the sounds of a summer anthem. The synths then raise our hopes and spirits as the melody carries through a stream of our consciousness alongside the eerie chants of the song.

After the release of his hit single, “Good Vibes”, which landed a Universal Music licensing deal and re-release, and after having already been on tour for 4 months in the U.S., this artist decides that it is time to push his fans’ musical ears and challenge them to an abstract track such as this one, “Run Wild”.

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At a young age, PLS&TY is already noticed as a leader in the Future Bass world today (and all it took was one year)! He is known for remixing various genres like R&B and hip-hop and abstract house music which have all led him to over 30 millions plays on SoundCloud and a #1 spot on HypeMachine charts.

The DJ has also been recognized by some of the biggest in the EDM leagues including labels like OWSLA, Dim Mak, Disruptor Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Island Records, Wind-Up/Concord Music Group and more. This trippy, erotic, chill, wavy sound that this man fabricates is certainly a way to distinguish himself against the others.

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His music has already been featured on notable media platforms such as BBC Radio 1 and Diplo & Friends & Sirius XM, his remix of Genevieve’s “Colors” was used in a Hershey’s “Hello Happy” TV commercial; and many more accomplishments came along down the line.

PLS&TY is hitting the road and the studio and making a big bang with his musical prowess. We are all excited to see what is in store for this producer and he continues to run wild and take chances for his music.

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KEYON Releases an Amazing Jazzy Remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Outside”

Feeling it on the inside and outside

The producer has really decided to show off his true musical skills in this recent remix he released today for all to hear! KEYON, a young artist from Massachusetts, remixes the renown track originally created by Calvin Harris featuring the stunning vocals of Ellie Goulding, and turns it into a masterpiece of EDM jazz. Using the real, natural voices of his instruments, he captures an authenticity in his electronic music that only some artists, such as Lido, offer. KEYON himself noted that, “I think people could respect that I make all my own samples and sounds”, he continues, “and I’m telling you…jazz is making a revolutionary comeback”.

This artist really makes us appreciate the art of musical theory with his songs, something I think many of us seemed to have forgotten after all of these days of mainstream, artificial tunes blasting through the radio.

When this remix hits 2:15, the conflict rises and the best guitar interference you will ever hear takes you down a path of intense jam-worthy freedom. It’s funny that KEYON chooses to use the raw sound of electric guitars to create the drop rather than the synths and it works so perfectly!

The song ends with a little jazzy piano riff to ease us after the stunning sound storm. The drums help guide you to the beat and march you onward into the depths of the track. The risers are well-developed and the synths similarly riff into waterfalls of sound in a downward formation– pouring into your ear drums.

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The artist has a lot in store this summer as he ventures off into the music realms of his simple studio set up, and we are excited to hear what he’s got for us!

 

For more from KEYON, check him out on SoundCloud, Instagram, and Facebook!

Cado Releases Artistic Hip-hop Track from Summer Single Series “kintsugi”

Cado brings you a fresh new beat to your strut.

The DJ duo, Cado, drop their highly anticipated track, “kintsugi” today! The single is a chill vibe that slides into the rhythm and intertwines with the bars being spoken to offer us a wavy hip hop production to sway along to.

“kintsugi” is a fun track with a solid baseline that carries through a whirling tune, chanting “this is all a dream”. With complex layers of oriental tones, we get a cool mixture of new school music with elegant, waterfall-sounding chords. This song will start the series of singles that are to be released throughout the summer. The boys have been hard at work to create this outfit of tracks that will keep their fans and listeners engaged to their musical process!

The inspiration behind this first track? Matt Mckeen, one half of Cado, explains that “‘kintsugi’ is a Japanese word for the art of putting broken pottery back together with melted gold, so even though it’s broken and cracked it’s more valuable/beautiful than before (kinda corny haha)”, but it portrays a really important message about looking at things in various ways and from alternate perspectives, because everything can be interpreted differently.

new song first week of june. really care bout these next few.

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Some more on these producers! Cado is an act comprised of two DJs, the lyricist (McKeen), and the producer, Cam Cox. Originating from the city of Boston and now treading the Brooklyn waters, these two have a mission to create music. Though coming from different backgrounds, the boys have come together to form a merging of styles where rap, R&B, trap, indie folk, and EDM music all meet in harmony.

With clever samples and witty lyrics, the two have been able to build a substantial musical following (that is over 1M streams!).

As upcoming artists, their previously released album, Free Wifi, did very well reaching about 61.3 K streams on SoundCloud on certain tracks! They continue to pursue and follow their passions of bringing musical worlds together and venture on to play shows in cities all over the Northeast and West Coast regions. Their charisma and energy is what truly bring the crowd to their shows and draw them to the music.
Listen to the new track now on Spotify as well and stay tuned as they release more in the coming weeks!

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Opia Drops Daring Downtempo-Funk Single “Devil In Disguise”

“Searching for words I can’t define…”

These are the words that exactly characterize the emotions that this song insinuates in your soul. Opia, a duo that is known for constructing lush, abstract, and ambient vibes bring us their most recent angsty release “Devil In Disguise”. What is so attractive about this track is the fact that it’s seductive and provocative. It practically exudes the feeling of betrayal and discontent in the form of a sick jams and rhythms.

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“Devil In Disguise” is a manifesto of  blood boiling and burning hate for being hurt by love. It consists of that hard rock reverb, with an R&B melody, and a funky tune. It’s always been impressive how this young duo create a downtempo beat that can encompass so many genres and still manage to sound so smooth and entertaining. Utilizing elements of electronic noise they build this dynamic track! “Call me a loser, but you ain’t a winner” harshly accuses the vocalist as disjointed tones beat all over the melody like a shattered heart would sound.

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Opia has come a long way since the beginning of their musical creations. Before this, they released their dreamy single “Secrets” featuring vocals of Sam Fischer. Opia has found themselves recognized by some great platforms such as Spotify’s Alternative R&B playlist and Hype Machine! They are now excited to be on tour and sharing the stage as the opening act for Marian Hill!

To see the tour dates, check out the graphic below!

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The last time I had written about Opia, it was for their hit single “YDU“, which was an amazing track! I have no doubt that 2017 has a lot in store for these guys and their success.

Continue to keep up with the guys on social media!
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