Setting the Music Scene

Chloe Turner

2014 saw some pretty incredible things happening in the world of music. From Taylor Swift’s dramatic music change to Conchita Wurst, ‘normal’ was redefined for many artists, and music had a bit of a shake up. Although my crystal ball unfortunately shattered on New Year’s Eve (vodka and fortune telling are never a good mix), 2015 for the music industry seems to be shaping up to be a even better year. Below are my tips for the musicians who will take the music scene by storm this year, eliminating the need for that crystal ball.

Mikky Ekko

Mikky Ekko
Mikky Ekko

His first venture into the charts was by co-writing and featuring on Rihanna’s 2013 single ‘Stay’. Mikky describes how he has been hugely influenced by soul and gospel music as for most of his childhood he travelled around America’s deep south with his preacher father. His album ‘Time’ will be released on 20th January.  Tracks to watch out for: ‘Kids’ and ‘Pull Me Down’.

Raury

At only 18 years old he’s one of the youngest on the list, but he’s already grabbed the attention of the industry. Kanye West has even taken notice and flew the Atlanta rapper to his studio to chat about his new single ‘God’s Whisper.’ He describes his first project ‘Indigo Child’ as an “ode to my generation”. For how young Raury is, he definitely has a long career ahead of him, and I’m certain this won’t be the last you’ll hear of him.  Tracks to look out for: ‘God’s Whisper’ and ‘Cigarette Song’.

Madonna

She is a little known artist from Michigan trying her best to break into the music scene. Or not. It’s impossible to not mention Madonna when talking about 2015’s music scene as her hugely anticipated new album ‘Rebel Heart’ comes out on 10th March. Unfortunately many of the songs on her new album have already been leaked on the internet which led the singer to say it was like a form of “artistic rape”. Whilst the leaked tracks don’t leave any mystery to the album they have led some critics to say that this record looks like it might some of her strongest work in years.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen
Catfish and the Bottlemen

This Welsh indie rock band has certainly begun their ride to fame. This summer they performed at over 30 festivals in the UK and in Europe. Their debut album ‘The Balcony’ was released in September 2014 and charted at number 10 on the UK official album’s chart. The band argue they have a difference from the rest of UK bands because of their backgrounds: “We’re working-class kids and all the bands out there are made up of rich kids… We go to these festivals with these proper posh kids who look at us like we’re not supposed to be there.” The band has ambition determination and talent and with a bit of luck this certainly won’t be the last you hear of them.  Tracks to watch out for: ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Kathleen’.

Låpsley

It’s hard to find an artist who genuinely brings a new sound into today’s music industry but Låpsley is doing just that. Holly Fletcher, otherwise known as Lapsley, is a 17 year old musician from Liverpool. Her sound uses an acoustic set which is mixed up with electronic production. She even describes her stage name ‘Låpsley’ as her  “electronic alter ego.” It’s perfect music to chill out to. She describes her sound as “quite minimal. I like working with silence rather than adding things”. Her EP ‘Understudy’ is due to be released on January 5th. Tracks to watch out for: ‘Falling Short’ and ‘Painter (Valentine)’.

James Bay

James Bay, Brits Critic's Choice 2015 winner
James Bay, Brits Critic’s Choice 2015 winner

This artist already has the 2015 Brits Critic’s Choice award under his belt. The prestigious award is given to acts likely to release their album in the upcoming year and has previously been won by artists such as Adele and Sam Smith. He’s an acoustic singer song-writer and his cheekbones and shoulder length brown hair gives him a distinctive look  which the music industry craves. His first single from his EP ‘Let It Go’ reached 62 on the UK charts but prepare for this artist to easily reach the top ten in 2015.  Tracks to look out for: ‘Hold Back The River’ and ‘If You Ever Want To Be In Love’.

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