2015 has been an incredible year for new artists breaking into the music scene. So we’ve decided to compile a list of artists that we think are set to do major things next year.
Wafia is the young lady whose vocals feature on Japanese Wallpaper’s track “Breathe In”; she is also the owner of the stunning voice that accompanies Ta-ku on his cover of “American Girl”. After teasing us with these collaborations, Wafia finally gifted us her first single “Heartburn”, which she followed with a 5 track EP titled XXIX. Her debut EP is full of glittery electronic production that is erratic at times but this only adds to the sound of the EP as a whole. Her songwriting is strong and her vocals will melt your heart as she establishes herself as a solo artist. The name Wafia may not ring many bells now but it’s a name you’ll be hearing A LOT next year.
Residing from New Zealand Thomston is a minimal pop artist who creates ethereal, moody pop tracks. His sound has drawn comparisons to fellow Kiwi Lorde but it is important to note that there are differences in their sound and approach to music. He creates ambience through his clever production, introducing elements of electronics. His vocals float cleanly amongst this production adding a mix of R&B and pop. His tracks “Anesthetic”, “Collarbones” and newest track “Brain-Dead” are some of his best releases to date so we can’t wait to see what’s install for next year.
Also known as Olivia McCarthy, JOY is an 18-year-old singer/producer currently living in Sydney. She’s signed with Universal Music Publishing Group and spends a lot of time writing and producing with other artists signed by the publishing group. Along with working with many different artists JOY has also released her own EP this year, titled “ODE.” The EP is full of cohesive tracks that flow from one to another with its clean production as JOY’s soft vocals weave in and out through the songs.
Sydney locals Karina Wykes, Cameron Robertson and Joseph Wenceslao form the alt pop trio Glades. They’ve only released one single so far, “Her (Loving You)” which has received rotation on Triple J Unearthed and established them as a band to watch in 2016. They’ve recently finished filming their first music video and have also been working in the studio with Thomston on his recent trip to Australia. 2016 will be the year Glades make their impact on the music scene.
Calling herself the ‘Hannah Montanna’ of the rap game, Mallrat is an electronic, hip hop, indie queen who’s latest track “Sunglasses” (prod. Tigerilla) gained so many streams on Spotify it earned a place in the Australian Viral top 50. The Queenslander is only 17 years old but is already receiving plays on TripleJ Unearthed so there’s no doubt we can expect big things next year.
Aussie pocket rocket and Queen of the rap game, Tkay Maidza, has already had a very big year in 2015, from cleaning out at the South Australian Music Awards to playing almost every music festival to hit Australia; it’s been a busy year. We can only expect things to get busier as the world is introduced to Tkay. She’s already played shows in the UK/Europe with Years & Years and Troye Sivan so there’s no time at all before this aussie gem is discovered by the world.
This year has already seen Little Sea reach success after success; they played two sold out tours, joined the Amplify Tour and released their second EP With You Without You. Next year already sees them playing Allphones Arena as a support act for The Vamps and a trip to London and LA where they plan to meet fans and continue writing their debut album. With so much already planned for 2016 there’s no doubt Little Sea are set to explode.
Being from Sweden, one of the pop capitals of the world, there’s no doubt Zara Larsson is set to explode next year. Her single “Never Forget You” with pal MNEK soared on the charts in Australia and across the globe, becoming certified platinum. Her latest single “Lush Life” is already becoming a hit and we can’t wait to see what this pop princess brings to the table next year.
Written by Gabrielle Clement