I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, so let’s talk music. This past week I was given the opportunity to go to the mtvU Woodie Awards during SXSW right here in Austin. I saw big name artists such as Fall Out Boy and Big Sean, to new and upcoming artists like MisterWives, Clean Bandit, James Bay, and Years & Years. To make sure I was front row for the show, I lined up at the venue at 1.30 pm with my best friend. As you may know if you were at South By, rain storms were on the radar for the entirety of Friday. Fortunately, I came prepared and ready to dominate the Woodies with a white poncho and portable iPhone charger. Though I’ve been in a country music whirl lately (especially with the Houston Rodeo in full swing in March), in preparation and as a result of SXSW, I’ve discovered a few new artists and songs that I’ve become absolutely obsessed with.
Years & Years
If you’ve spoken to me lately or stalked my Spotify most frequently played songs, you’ll find at least a couple of tracks by, I’m calling it now, a trio that’s going to be huge in the near future. Hailing from London, the trio is set to release their first album early this summer. Electric beats that you’ll find yourself playing on repeat, Years & Years have made it up to the top of the list as one of my favorite artists. If you want to get a feel for their music, give a listen to their latest release, Kings, which available for download on iTunes or streaming on Spotify.
“People like to say I’m the happier version of Lana Del Rey”
Playing six shows just her first time at SXSW and quickly gaining exposure in the Los Angeles music scene, expect to hear Zella Day on radio stations soon. Her music is a combination of organic keys and effortless melodies, reflecting on her childhood growing up around her parent’s local coffee house. Her album, Kicker, will be released early this June and delivers 12 fresh tracks perfect for your summer playlist. And yeah, that’s her real name.
Listen to This
The weather is warming and my playlists are changing, here are the tracks that I’ve been listening to lately.
Lean On x Major Lazer
Forbidden Voices x Martin Garrix
Hero x Family of the Year
Never Let You Go x Dash Berlin
Hypnotic x Zella Day
Cucurucu x Nick Mulvey
Cigarette Song x Raury