10 Independent Artists You Should Know: April 2022



This is the second of a new monthly series highlighting 10 independent artists each month. Artists are presented in alphabetical order. To be considered for future entries, you can submit your music via the email address provided below.

 

Chelsea Pastel

Rapper, singer, & producer from Cleveland


One Song Introduction: "Stop Asking"


One Sentence Pitch: Chelsea Pastel has a palpable swagger that can be heard both in her relentless flows and her melodic hooks, setting her up to be a star.


Links: Twitter, Instagram, Website

 

Chris Patrick

Rapper from New Jersey


One Song Introduction: “Gang Activity”


One Sentence Pitch: Fresh off of headlining a SXSW showcase of his CXR collective, Chris Patrick continues to prove he is one of the most exciting artists out with his versatility, authenticity, and collaborative spirit.


Links: Twitter, Instagram

 

Kayo

Rapper from Chicago, Illinois


One Song Introduction: “Hidden Hills" ft. Ausar


One Sentence Pitch: Kayo is emerging as one of the more exciting acts in Chicago's ever-growing musical tapestry, releasing polished, exciting singles with carefully crafted visuals as he leads up to his Southside Blue Hearts LP.


Links: Twitter, Instagram, Website

 

Kiran the Nomad

Rapper from London, England and raised across the United States


One Song Introduction: "Granny/Lord Have Mercy"


One Sentence Pitch: Kiran the Nomad lives up to his name, collaborating with artists from all around the country to tell his own story via a melting pot of regional styles becoming a cohesive whole.


Links: Twitter, Instagram

 

Lilly Aviana

Singer-songwriter from Houston


One Song Introduction: “Seasons"


One Sentence Pitch: Lilly Aviana will first win you over with her lavish vocals, but will keep you coming back with her direct from the heart songwriting and composition.

Links: Twitter, Instagram

 

No ($) Savant

Rapper from The Netherlands


One Song Introduction: “Love & Drugs"


One Sentence Pitch: No ($) Savant puts his lack of money where his mouth is, focusing his music largely on mental health and authenticity while avoiding the pitfalls of materialism.


Links: Twitter, Instagram

 

Pat Junior

Rapper and producer from Raleigh


One Song Introduction: “Beauty In The Tears"


One Sentence Pitch: Pat Junior is an incredibly deliberate artist, from the first beat idea to the post-release promotional strategy, he puts his all into every step of the journey to materialize complete bodies of work that stand up next to major label classics.


Links: Twitter, Instagram , Website

 

Ro Marsalis

Singer, songwriter, engineer, & producer from Chicago


One Song Introduction: “Hurt People” ft. Ausar


One Sentence Pitch: When he's not behind the boards helping other artists perfect their tracks, Ro Marsalis shines as an artist in his own right, combining silky smooth production with lush, layered vocals that merge several genres seamlessly.


Links: Twitter, Instagram

 

Unusual Demont

Singer from Wisconsin


One Song Introduction: "Vanta"


One Sentence Pitch: From making Odd Future inspired tracks in his bedroom to international tours alongside Emotional Oranges, Unusual Demont has maintained an eclectic approach to songwriting that makes each song its own lived-in world.


Links: Twitter, Instagram, Website

 

YTK

Rapper from Baltimore


One Song Introduction: “LET IT OFF"

One Sentence Pitch: YTK garnered national attention with his viral flip of Mariah Carey's Shake It Off, but those who dug deeper quickly found that he can't be pinned down to any one style, sounding equally at home on acoustic ballads and unorthodox bangers.


Links: Twitter, Instagram


 

Written by: Tyler Blankinship, @__solodolo__ on Twitter.

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