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Month: January 2018

Some of The Hottest Australian Producers This Year

Australian music has seen something of a renaissance in recent times, whether you are talking about the psychedelic rock of Tame Impala and Wolfmother or you think of the electronic DJs that are making a scene of their own. Listed below are some of the most prominent DJs that have made the biggest impact in 2017, and as a result are the ones that you should be looking out for if you want to figure out who the best possible tracks will come from in the New Year.

  • Young Franco: Young Franco doesn’t really look like a DJ, but that’s only because we tend to think that people will all conform to our particular stereotypes. Franco has had a phenomenal 2017 that has turned him into an absolute rockstar in the DJ scene. He has released several singles that ended up topping the charts, and to top it all off he has been playing at quite a few sell out shows as well. Suffice it to say that this here is an incredibly talented musician that is going to have a lot of artistic control over what 2018 ends up sounding like.
  • Perto: One of the first things you are going to notice about Perto is that he is very young. At only 15 years of age, this producer has created some absolute bangers with his remixes in particular giving people at clubs something incredible to dance to. The fact that he is so young becomes irrelevant when you realize just how talented he is, and the best thing is that he just seems to keep getting better. Expect him to release some truly phenomenal tracks this year and get even more famous than he already is.
  • Sippy: It’s not easy being a girl in the world of DJs, but Sippy manages to make it look easy. Her tracks are bass heavy powerhouses that are going to make you feel like a tidal wave has hit you right in your soul, with bone shattering bangers that are going to leave you sore the next day from dancing so much. Her 2017 has been so good that chances are she will end up breaking into the US scene this year, and once she does there really will be no stopping her and her incredible growth rate.
  • Leotrix: This producer looks more like someone you would find in an 80s punk rock band, but when you listen to his tunes you would find that he is actually one of the filthiest DJs in Australia. His sets have a tendency to drive the crowd wild and the best part is that he has finally started to get some long overdue attention last year. Thanks to this boost in popularity, chances are that his 2018 will be full of new tracks and bigger performances, all of which are going to contribute to him becoming the household name that he thoroughly deserves to be.
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How African Influencers Are Shaping The UK’s Music Scene

Throughout much of the 20th century, the UK was responsible for giving the world some of the best music it had ever seen. Whether it was the Beatles, Led Zeppelin or Queen, every decade seemed to be full of new and exciting artists all of whom hailed from Great Britain. This trend has changed somewhat, with the world’s best music now coming from America. This is partly because of the fact that African influenced music has been making the most waves recently, and the UK has not really accepted African influences into its music until very recently.

Now, however, all sorts of music is being produced that is receiving international acclaim, and this is simply because so many Caribbean and African musicians are incorporating their culture into Britain’s music scene. One thing to be noted is that in spite of the fact that these black musicians have been instrumental in shaping the UK’s scene and giving birth to so many artists that are achieving success today, they are not being thanked or even given their due credit for bringing popularity to these styles of music.

One example of such an artist that has been influential to many world famous artists but has been unable to reach that level of fame himself is Sneakbo. His birth name is Agassi Odusina, and while growing up he listened to all sorts of music. Music from the likes of 2Pac and 50 Cent obviously played a part in him becoming a rapper, but he also listened to things such as Caribbean dancehall and Afrobeat from places like Nigeria. This helped him do what very few rappers in the UK had done before: create a distinct image for themselves.

Black culture in the UK is not quite the same as it is in the US. This is why when so many UK rappers just tried to ape the styles and references of their North American idols, they ended up sounding watered down and uninteresting. Hence, when things like dancehall and afrobeat started to be incorporated, rap music from the UK started to become a trailblazer rather than a trend follower.

Kenny Allstar is a DJ that has praised Sneakbo an enormous amount, claiming that the rapper has been instrumental in giving UK rap and music its own voice. He also claims that the incorporating of Afro tinged influences into other genres such as electronic music was inevitable, and has led to a brand new way of thinking about how to make music.

One thing is for sure, the future of music in the UK is very bright indeed, and there are a lot more African influences that artists can look into in order to stay as fresh sounding as possible. An important thing to note is that black musicians are finally getting the credit they deserve for their music, and in the future are probably going to find their rightful place at the forefront of the music industry.

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