Musicians to follow in 2019
With 2018 being a year of great music, several artists have stuck around in our brains, and we cannot wait for their new music coming in 2019.
Writer of The Colonnade’s “Tonality” music column, Benjamin Monckton, said some bands to look for in 2019 are Empress of, Ruel, Young Nudy, King Princess, J.S. Ondara and Danger Incorporated.
“Empress of is latin-based,” said Monckton, a senior mass communication student. “Young Nudy is [a] new ATL hip-hop [artist] working with 21 Savage. Danger Incorporated is ‘neo R&B’ [and] signed to Father’s label. J.S. Ondara is a Nairobi-raised alt-rocker, for the likes of James Blake. Ruel is R&B that takes on similar styles of Ella Mai’s smash called ‘Boo’d Up.’”
Additionally, Monckton said the best way to find new bands is to explore who tours with artists you like. He also suggested that if you are familiar with one music label, you should look for new signings on that label because one will likely interest you.
Another avid audiophile, senior Chandler Durden, mentioned some up and coming bands like Greta Van Fleet, Crumb and Still Woozy.
“I was shown Still Woozy by a friend,” said Durden, a mass communications major. “[Still Woozy is] An interesting solo artist recording out of his garage.”
She explained that Crumb is a female-led band very similar to Still Woozy.
Durden also said that The Revivalists, Futurebirds, Vulfpeck and CBDB are popular right now.
The Revivalists are an alt-rock band from New Orleans, Louisiana with recent No. 1 singles like “All my friends” and “Wish I knew you.” Athens-based indie band Futurebirds has top hits like “Virginia Slims” (2013) and “Rodeo” (2015).
“[I like] an array of smaller unknowns that have one or two songs that are really di erent and stand out from the same unoriginal song that you hear on the radio sung by some angsty pop princess who couldn’t stand alone without auto tune,” Durden said.
Ann Arbor, Michigan’s Vulfpeck is a funk band with hit songs like “Back Pocket” and “Wait for the moment.” And CBDB of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a progressive rock band whose members are self-proclaimed purveyors of “Joy-Funk." Their top songs include “New Eyes”’ and “Slow Foxes.”
With these musical artists on the rise, 2019 looks like it will be a year of great moments in the world of music.