In this blog I will share 10 musicians/bands that I believe are going to blow up a little bit more in 2015, and these artists and bands are going to feature on my iPod for the next 12 months. I’ve also included 15 others at the end, which I felt really needed a mention too.
Aged 18, Bridie Monds-Watson, can look back on her musical career and be proud already, but the future is also looking incredibly bright for her. Known musically as SOAK, she creates songs with honest lyrics and if I had to put her sound into a genre I’d say experimental folk. She recently released her single ‘B a noBody’, with Rough Trade, which has received radio play on BBC R1. SOAK also performed for Radio 1’s Piano Sessions at the end of last year, which has gained interest into her music. 2015 will see a debut album and hopefully some live dates.
Amber Run was formed at University of Nottingham by friends, Will Jones, Tom Sperring, Joe Keogh, Henry Wyeth and Felix Archer. The ‘alternative rock’ band released three EPs in 2014 and they are set to release their debut album via Sony Music sometime in 2015. They’ve toured with the likes of Kodaline and Lewis Watson, as well as playing a string of festivals and events such as Reading Festival, Standon Calling, Kendal Calling, Dot-to-Dot and Bushstock. These guys are definitely one to watch this year.
Rhodes had a pretty good 2014, releasing two EPs, re-releasing an EP and supporting London Grammar and Sam Smith, as well as completing his first UK headline tour, including three sold out gigs at London’s Sebright Arms. He also performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and at Glastonbury and I believe 2015 could be the year that Rhodes receives a bit more exposure, which would be totally deserved.
Frank Hamilton kept pretty quiet throughout 2014, writing and recording. However, 2012 and 2013 were great for Frank, after his #OneSongAWeek project did really well in the album charts. #OneSongAWeek started Frank’s rise including support/collaborations with Ed SHeeran, Newton Faulkner, The Crimea, Lauren Aquilina, Mark Grist, Ryan Keen, Lyracis, Dion Dublin, just to name a few… I’ve heard some of Frank’s new music and it’s definitely something to be excited about, another album to look forward to in 2015!
After releasing cover versions of ‘Like A Star’ (Corinne Bailey Rae) and ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ (James Blake) that went viral in 2012, Kwabs signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The 24 year old soulful singer/songwriter released three EPs in 2014, and released a more-pop orientated single ‘Walk’, which is his best known release, charting high in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. 2015 is set to see a studio album from Kwabs, which should be a brilliant overall sound, if his EPs are anything to go by.
Circa Waves, the British indie-rock band formed in 2013, is made up of Kieran Shudall, Sam Rourke, Sian Plummer and Joe Falconer. In February 2014, their second single ‘Stuck In My Teeth’ was played by Zane Lowe as his Hottest Record in the World. They opened the NME Awards Tour alongside Temples, Interpol and Royal Blood, as well as performing at loads of festivals, such as, Latitude, T in the Park, Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds, to name a few. They released their debut EP back in June and their debut album ‘Young Chasers’ is set for release on 30th March 2015, so keep your ears tuned for that!
George The Poet
George The Poet has brought something fresh to the music industry (hopefully allowing others, who do the same, to follow in his footsteps). He is a spoken word artist that offers social commentary through poetry with a hop hop vibe. In 2012 he was selected as the face of BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, in 2013 he signed to Island Records, in 2014 he released ‘The Chicken and the Egg EP’ and was shortlisted for 2015 BRIT Awards Critic’s Choice and 2015 he is going to be big!
Callum Burrows, better known as Saint Raymond, is the upcoming indie singer/songwriter from Nottingham. He started off a few years ago playing small gigs, open mic nights and supporting other upcoming artists. In 2013 he gained popularity after releasing his debut EP ‘Escapade’ on Never Fade Records ( via Gabrielle Aplin), the EP did well in the iTunes album chart and lead to his song ‘Fall At Your Feet’ being promoted as iTunes Single of the Week. He has played Reading and Leeds Festival, he’s supported Haim and more recently Ed Sheeran. 2014 has been massive for Callum and 2015 is set to be even bigger. (Yet another debut album to look out for…)
After releasing his first independent album, Indigo Child, Raury started gaining attention of music listeners and a devoted group of supporters. Lorde asked him to contribute to the Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack and he opened for Outkast at their homecoming show in September. 2015 is probably going to see Raury rise even highger, with a newly signed Columbia Records deal, it’d be good to get a major label release, he starting the year off well with a tour, so if you get the chance, go check him out.
Rae MorrisRae Morris is one of the artists I’ve been listening to for the past three years and has only just started to get exposure and the following she deserves. After supporting Bombay Bicycle Club, Lianne Le Havas, Noah and the Whale and Tom Odell and releasing loads of brilliant EPs in the last few years, 2015 sees Rae release her debut album ‘Unguarded’ (26th January) via Atlantic Records and then go on a headline tour in February. It’s (hopefully) going to start well for Rae and the only way is up!
Ones To Watch:
Royal Blood (link)
George Ezra (link)
James Bay (link)
Wayward Daughter (link) (link #2)
Chasing Grace (link)
Years & Years (link)
Wolf Alice (link)
Ten Walls (link)
Catfish & The Bottlemen (link)
Ryn Weaver (link)
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