By Annie Konieczny
Here at Qsic, we’re excited for some special announcements in 2019 all of which will make our clients’ lives even easier and put us firmly at the forefront of music innovation. We’ve got streamlined technology coming out, a whole new department opening and even more global expansion on the horizon. Keep your eyes open for news! At our heart though, is our deep love of music, so we thought what better way to start the new year than with a list of artists to look out for in 2019.
Back in the day, it took a couple of years for a new artist to emerge like a phoenix rising from the ashes but, now, you can be a virtually unknown artist with a couple of popular songs on SoundCloud and resurface as megastar in a matter of weeks.
That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with the way things are moving, just a warning that there are bound to be some huge acts in 2019 who we’ve not even heard so much as a chord from yet – these days, anything is possible.
So, here’s our list. Would love to hear what you think:
We had to start with an Australian-born artist. Wafia is the daughter of Iraqi and Syrian immigrants and a medical school dropout who chose instead to make insane electro-pop tunes rather than to become a doctor. She’s already made a fan out of Pharrell who plugged her track I’m Good on his Beats 1 show.
2. Ama Lou
Ama first came onto the scene with her powerful debut single TBC a couple of years back – a tune about the Black Lives Matter movement. Not only did she make her 2018 Ep DDD into a short film which has over a million views on YouTube, but she’s also just finishing touring with Jorja Smith and was Drake’s muse for his latest tune, Scorpion.
3. Giant Swan
This Bristol twosome bring high-energy, hardcore, punk, ‘techno-not-techno,’ improvisational live sets to clubs across the UK and have a dedicated following as a result of their totally unique sound. Their recent release on the pioneering label Whities is absolutely wild with explosive drums and distorted vocals. These guys are made for massive festivals and will, no doubt, be on the big stage very soon.
4. Tenille Townes
Country Music is massive and Tenille Townes is touted as the next big thing on the scene – lucky for her if Taylor Swift’s net worth is anything to go by. Originally from Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, she was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Country Music Award for Female Artist of the Year (she was just 17-years-old). She’s had a huge 2018 joining Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town as the opening acts on their joint The Bandwagon Tour. She also released her Living Room Worktapes EP in 2018 which features her single Somebody’s Daughter. We’re expecting big things from Tenille in 2019.
These guys exploded into 2018 with the success of their single Ghost and have recently performed at the Daytime Stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. They are also the first rock band to sign to fashion designer John Varvatos’ new label with the Big Machine Label Group. This year, Badflower is set to release their debut studio album OK, I’m Sick and will be touring later on in the year.
6. Yaeji House
We loved her cover of Passionfruit by Drake and here’s hoping we hear a lot more of YaejiHouses’ truly unique sound: English and Korean rap to the tune of epic house and hip-hop beats.
7. The Withers
This five-piece indie rock band from Los Angeles have a soulful, 60’s girl group, garage, funk and psychedelia feel which, as you can imagine, sounds incredible live. The band are currently making their first album with Griffin Rodriguez (Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut, Modest Mouse, Akron Family) which should be released early in 2019.
Normani is an American singer and dancer best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. In 2017, her first single, the duet Love Lies with singer Khalid, recorded for the movie Love, Simon soundtrack, reached number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. She’s currently working on her debut solo album.
9. Black Futures
If you like Death From Above, The Chemical Brothers or Nine Inch Nails, you’ll love these guys. Their live shows are like a post-apocalyptic, dystopian nightmare… but a really great one.
10. Grace Carter
She taught herself piano by watching YouTube tutorials and has since grown into a talented and original young songwriter. Her single “Why Her Not Me” is about her father choosing another life over raising her.