13 Jan Artists to Watch in 2018Reading Time: 5 minutes
A new year has begun as we say goodbye to 2017 and hello 2018. Which means it’s that time again where do our annual instalment of ‘Artists To Watch’. Here at Nightenjin, we’ve created a list covering a plethora of various genres and sounds. Consisting of artists from all over the globe that have set themselves apart from everyone else and who we feel you should be keeping an eye on, as you will definitely be seeing their names a lot more during the course of the year.
When talking about the new year, you think to all the new music that will be released, all the new artists that will impress you, to the new sounds that will come and how they will influence the music scene. Quickly making a name for themselves, these are our artists to watch in 2018!
Listed in alphabetical order
Bandlez are “just two kids who met on the bus home from school when Diandre heard Vishal listening to Ghosts n Stuff by Deadmau5”. The duo has got pretty dope sounds, proved by their releases on Firepower Records, as well as the premiere on Nest HQ of ‘Always Wanted You’ remix. They will soon kick off the year with their ‘The BreakOut Tour’, together with Xaebor. We wish them good luck!
Australia-native Blanke, 26, is quickly gaining local and international attention. Featured on well-known blogs like UKF and Your EDM, last spring he played around Australia and New Zealand with his ‘Curiosity Tour’ for the homonymous EP. Being supported by big names in the industry like Night Owl Radio (Insomniac) and Deadbeats Radio. His remix of ‘EON Break’ has a pretty dark atmosphere, filled with heavy distorted basses. Keep an eye on this guy!
Little is known about Gwada. The Australian trio (Chiefs, Dugong Jr & Fossa Beats) have released their debut single on Elysian Records: ‘Say Yes’, featuring Anuka. Their sound finds a perfect home for your evening activities, relaxing time or solo dancing. Stoked to hear what is coming next!
Holly is totally everywhere nowadays. The Portugal-based DJ/Producer released probably more than a hundred tracks the last year, on labels like Monstercat, Dim Mak, Buygore. Plus collaborating with the likes of YOOKiE, JVST SAY YES, Jupe, and receiving the support of Bassnectar. Not only, he worked on a sample pack released via Unison and he’s also very appreciated for his sets like the SHAMBHALA 2017 live rip.
HVDES is another girl you need to keep an eye on! The 21-year-old, Icon graduated, the LA-based DJ/producer literally exploded after premiering her track ‘Fuck My Nose Up’ at Nocturnal Wonderland 2017, guest of Dr. Fresch. The track has got dirty electro vibes and glitchy sounds who have conquered lots of great feedback, as well as the attention of Nest HQ.
Kompany has got a crazy sound design that makes his tracks aggressive forms of bass music. Icon graduate, he’s released on labels like Firepower and Circus. Meanwhile, his last EP ‘Revolt’ (containing collaborations with Far Too Loud and Tascione) went out via Never Say Die. He recently supported Bear Grillz in the ‘American Freakshow’ tour! You definitely should keep an eye on him.
Perth-based DJ/producer Luude is gaining support from some big names, such as Skrillex, RL Grime, and Borgore. The remix of ‘Forever Young’, his latest work, mixes beautiful melodies with a nice relaxing atmosphere. More shows are coming soon for this Australian prodigy, and we can’t wait to see what is coming next!
Seek N Destroy
Australia has got lots of new great artists coming up! Not only Blanke and Gwada, now its time for Seek N Destroy. His last work, ‘Now I’m Here’, is part of the Kannibalen Records Christmas compilation. Already supported by Joyryde and Black Tiger Sex Machine, this guy from Adelaide played at Defqon.1 last year and is rising in the international electronic music scene with his aggressive-nuclear sounds.
Vivian aka VVN loves experimenting with all different kinds of genres and sounds. Her most famous work is the remix of ‘Faded’ in collaboration with XAN. Meanwhile, her remix of ‘Dreams’ by Zhu & Nero is our favourite! Her last track ‘Ego’ has a very intriguing feel and hypnotizing synths. Definitely, need to keep an eye on this girl!
Whipped Cream is one of those artists who writes, mixes and masters her own music. In the past years, her sounds caught the attention of festivals, blogs and artists. She played at Shambhala, did a mixtape for HSMF17, released via Nest HQ, played around North America/Asia and officially remixed X&G and Josh Pan. Excited to see what she is cooking up!
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