Musicians and artists surviving in our current day have a lot to live up to. And a lot of competition. Many have to change the way they do things, or change the face of music altogether, if indeed they want to be noticed. The music industry has become saturated with stereotypical tracks that reach the charts, and undoubtedly they work. But are some artists doing that to reach fame, wealth and success?
Modern day music geniuses do not see popularity as their foremost focus. They instead choose to stick to their guns and musical philosophy, creating great, empowering music that represents them. It’s not all about “indie” or “hipster” vibe that define the difference. Heavier production, electronic influence, orchestral layers; these are the differences now that create that unique track.
AKA Sam Shepherd, this musical prodigy has no boundaries when it comes to creativity and expression. With a clear meditative quality, Floating Points drives his strong passion for Jazz into his improvisational melodies. Progressing into one of the world’s most exciting producers, his music screams modern day prodigy. His songs take listeners on a soaring, electronic journey, creating a floating in the clouds sensation. Mellow and fluid tones contrasts with the intense climaxes, creating something quite beautiful.
Here is the ultimate champion of progressive music. A genius for years, Peterson has covered the wide spectrum of urban music, from jazz to funk to soul and back to hip-hop. From this he took inspiration to co-found the Acid Jazz label, emphasising the world is his “musical oyster”. It is clear nothing can stop this man, as he continues to embark on his musical mission to “join the dots” between styles.
British musician, producer and DJ Simon Green is better known by his stage name Bonobo. With a sonic vibe, Bonobo uses a wide variety of samples in his music combined with heavy, often complex basslines. His music commonly develops linearly with new elements such as basslines or percussion being introduced in layers. Simple, elegant, prolific: Bonobo creates music with passion and aims to produce songs with a difference.
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American singer-songwriter Tom Krell takes the stage name How to Dress Well. Unknown before 2009, Krell was a mystery to the world without a name or photo. Critics quickly picked up on his creations and elevated his success, bringing him out of the shadows. Paste Magazine noted that “Krell has managed to indulge his experimental tendencies while at the same time achieve his most accessible sound to date.”
Magnus August Høiberg is best known under the artist name Cashmere Cat. A Norwegian based musician, producer and DJ, he appeared on the international electronic dance music scene in 2012, with remixes and edits of songs by Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz and Jeremih. Cat’s take on R&B, futuristic hip-hop and bass music gained support from electronic music notables such as Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and Gilles Peterson. In October 2012, Cashmere Cat’s edit of 2 Chainz’ ‘No Lie’ was ranked by the influential VIBE music magazine as #1 on a list of “25 Awesome Genre-Benders of 2012”.
By Suanne Cunningham