Category Archives: On the Rise

Listen To: Tim Olstad

LA based Tim Olstad is creating a buzz with his latest track Piece of You which premiered on yourYourEDM.  The powerhouse vocal is Olstad’s strength, which in fact he can make any song sound good.

The track was co-produced by Ron Pope & Australian producers MOZA and appears on the upcoming EP All The Pieces that comes out tomorrow August 12th.

Having loved Etta James and Ray Charles, the Los Angeles based singer-songwriter jump started his career after finishing in 9th place on season 3 of The X Factor.

After the show, Olstad signed a recording contract with Ron Pope’s label Brooklyn Basement Records. Ron notes, “The first time I heard Tim’s voice, I was floored. As soon as it hits you, it’s immediate and undeniable. When you put him in front of a microphone in the studio, everyone stops what they’re doing and listens. I’ve never met anyone who is so obviously, undeniably meant to be a singer. He’s a star. I wish I could sing like that.”

Listen To: Eryn Woods

Bubble gum pop artist Eryn Woods releases the track Rule Breaker along with a video. Woods brings back the 80’s fashion, bright colors, fun, and the Uh Oh Oh’s.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Woods spends her time traveling between NYC, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Her tracks have been featured on Vh1 and MTV, and she has worked with designers NYMPHA London, Betsey Johnson.  She has performed alongside with Adam Lambert, Karmin, Hey Monday, and The Ready Set and just won Atlanta’s 2014 Female Artist Of The Year Award.

Listen To: Over Sands

Brother duo from London who go by the name of Over Sands caught my ear. The sophisticated and catchy track Memory House is refreshing and has reached no. 8 on the Hype Machine and clocked40,000 SoundCloud streams in a short time. The quick success reveals there is a crowd with a well-developed palate for music. Features include Clash, Indie Shuffle, and Shortlist.

The latest track comes off their upcoming EP Roman Rooms which was written and recorded in the bands’s East London studio and will be released August 19th via Los Angeles B3SCI Records. Stay tuned!

Listen To: Felicity

South Africa is proving to be a hub for talent, which brings the buzzing 18 year old power pop vocalist to the forefront. Inspired by Adele, Sia, and Celine Dion — Felicity cuts right to the chase with her latest ‘Burnt Sugar‘ which is filled with catchy one liners and memorable hooks.

Born in Australia and having settled in Cape Town, she now splits time between Colorado and NYC. Having hooked up with producer Brian Kierulf (Mike Posner, Lady Gaga) she released the trackPoison which has surpassed 100k streams on Spotify and the newly Burnt Sugar.

Both songs are about the same kind person: Someone you know who isn’t good for you, but you just keep going back to them notes Felicity.  Stay tuned!

Listen To: Thoss

It’s hard not to love Benchwarmer by Thoss. Why? It’s catchy as heck, unique and dare I say falls gently near Twenty One Pilots. It’s unconventional songs that find themselves on top of playlists and the radio charts.

The 6 ft 6″ UK artist just released The Bench Warmer EP that features the fan favorite track IWITWwhich has surpassed 500k plays on Spotify, landing in the top 5 of the Global Viral Chart. Features include Clash Mag, The Most Radicalist, and Indie Shuffle.

Listen To: Clara Mae

Clara Mae releases the sexy electro pop track Strip. She notes, “For me strip is about when two heart breaks and what we become after that. It’s about the surface we so easily put on to feel better and to hurt one another.”

Her last track Avalon reached #2 on Sweden iTunes chart  and # 12 on the Swedish National Digilist.  She appeared in the Swedish national TV show Idol, which led to a part on Ace Of Base tour and on their album The Golden Ratio.  Check out the video for the latest track here.

Listen To: DRÆMINGS

The latest single Area 51 from DRÆMINGS deserves a shout out. I instantly fell in love with this dark pop track entrenched with 80’s synths.

DRÆMINGS which is the creative project of Kimi Recor also comes with unusual backstory. Born on the outskirts of Munich, she discovered music listening to Ace of Base on a cassette tape. Having spent a moment in Colorado, she left for San Francisco and it was that time where she immersed herself in guitar, keys, bass, and drums and began playing around the local scene. But then NYC found her and so did addiction and with that, she returned to the west coast settling in Los Angeles with good results.

The indie pop queen wrote and recorded the five-song demo entirely on her own and Sumerian Records stumbled upon the demo’s Soundcloud page and offered her a deal.

The track Area 51 is about being in love with somebody who’s also a musician,” says Recor. “When you love someone who’s a traveling artist you always know that person is going to leave. It’s vagabond love. The two of you are never going to be in the same place at the same time for long. You let people go and you’re okay with it. I’ve always been with artists and had to accept they’re going to love their art more than they love me because I love my art more than anyone.”

The full length The Eternal Lonesome, will be released August 5th and the album was produced byEric Palmquist (MUTEMATH, Bad Suns, Night Riots). Upcoming shows at the Echo in Los Angles onAugust 5th and September 7th in Portland at Holocene.

Listen To: Meadowlark

Electro-pop act Meadowlark has released their latest single Quicksand. Offering the best in indie-electro pop, the duo consists of Kate McGill and Daniel Broadley, that are building a solid fanbase abroad and online.

Meadowlark’s 2015 EP has surpassed over 4 million Spotify streams, while the single Eyes Widereceived love from Radio 1’s BBC Introducing.

The latest single was inspired by a story from Humans of New York which documents a journey of a Pakistani man paying off his sisters medical bills.

Listen To: In An Instant

Ireland is proving to be healthy and active music scene producing quality artists that are able to cross its shores. Welcome the indie quartet In An Instant who formed in 2013 but are now seeing the fruits of their labor.

In 2014, the northern Irish band made a splash with their EP Light You Know and Love getting love from BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing.

Their brand new catchy single Where The Demons and The Devil Speak is the result of taking some time and rejuvenating their creative juices. With comparisons to 1975, check out these boys onAugust 4th at Eglantine Bar in Belfast.

Listen To: Heathers

Twin sister duo knocks it out the park with their latest track Call Home. Ellie and Louise Macnamarawho make up the Irish indie pop duo, and who go under the moniker of Heathers made a splash on the scene a couple years back, but 2016 could prove to be their biggest year.

The girls who’ve already had number one singles in Ireland are going global. With two summer tours and SXSW runs, a U.S. fanbase is sure to follow.