Most Anticipated

Most Anticipated Singer: Sigrid

Our most anticipated singer for this month is a 20 year-old Norwegian singer and songwriter, Sigrid Solbakk Raabe or we known worldwide as Sigrid. I don’t have any doubt at all to choose our most anticipated singer for this month because I’m really sure she’s gonna be a huge star really soon. I’m sure most of you already heard about her before. I’m also sure that most of you agree about how awesome she is, right? Her music definitely something really worth to hear.

I accidentally found her music through YouTube and I falling in love with one of her song called Plot Twist since the first hear. This song is an anthemic pop song with energetic and great melodies. Sigrid’s powerful voice also makes everything so perfect to hear. Her international debut single Don’t Kill My Vibe already become a successful single and got very positive vibes from around the world.

Sigrid debut EP’s, Don’t Kill My Vibe EP, already released since May 2017. This EP include four songs: Don’t Kill My Vibe, Plot Twist, Fake Friends, and Dynamite. All I can tell you is four songs is not enough, but this EP is definitely a great treat for our ears. So, for all of you who haven’t heard about Sigrid’s music, I bet you’re gonna love it since your first time play. Enjoy the music and thank you for visiting Kustosica. 🙂

Elsa

 

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Most Anticipated

Most Anticipated Singer: Ella Vos

Our most anticipated singer for this month is Ella Vos. For you who haven’t heard about this awesome musician, well I think you really should hear her music. Ella Vos is an indie electro-pop musician from Los Angeles. I accidentally found one of her song called Little Brother through Spotify and somehow, her beautiful voice and the simple melodies already distract my ears.

Ella Vos already has three singles. Her debut single, White Noise, was released last fall and got awesome response from the listener. White Noise success hit one million plays on Spotify within two weeks after its released and now, this song already hit 10 million plays. Something that rarely happened for musician, especially in their debut career. Her other singles, Little Brother and Down In Flames, also got a huge success with over a million plays after its released until now.

Actually, I have no doubt at all that she will be a huge singer really soon. Ella Vos already bring something different in her music. With down tempo  music character and the touch of electro instruments, piano, and electric guitar, combined with her soft and addicting voice, her music totally become an amazing treat for our ears. Can’t wait until she released her debut EP or maybe LP. It will be so awesome.

So, what are you waiting for? Try to listen one of her great single, Little Brother, on her Spotify below. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and opinion about her music by give a comment in our music blog. Thank you and enjoy the music folks!

Elsa

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Playlist

Playlist: Canadian Music Invasion

To all Canadian people, I’m so amazed with your music industry. I found so many awesome Canadian musicians lately. Some of them are independent musicians with a huge potential music and really worth to be known worldwide. So, I hope you can enjoy this playlist and don’t forget to share your most favorite Canadian singer or band by give a comment in our blog. Thank you and enjoy the music folks!

Elsa

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In Our Humble Opinion

Unsigned/Independent Musicians: The Real Struggle In Music Industry

Actually, I just realized this is the third time I talked about indie music for IOHO category. I’m so sorry and honestly I don’t know why. Sometimes I’m amazed with so many musicians who try to introduce their music independently, from the writing process until they published their own music. Not like some  musicians who signed a contract with major record label,  unsigned or independent musician often struggling with some things to introduce their own music.

As the variation of music genre grows wider recently, we can find so many independent musician everywhere. For all of you who like to dig and discover some new music, I’m sure you can find some kind of treasure in their music. Well, not like another famous musician who we can find easily in television, radio, or any website, sometimes indie musician rely on people or listener to find their music.  From what I saw, maybe they have their own reason why they don’t signed a contract with any record label.  They might be want to make their own music, doesn’t want to be told about what they should do or shouldn’t do, or they are actually doesn’t have selling target. Independent musician just want to produce and introduce their creativity through music and self-belief that their music deserve to be heard.

Actually, I’m not an indie musician or someone who produce things so maybe my opinion could be wrong. But, I have some thoughts about the things that makes indie musicians struggling in music industry. The first thing that cross in my mind is about production cost. Well, this might become the main problems for every indie musicians with limit budget to produce music. They have to rent a record studio or additional player, bought musical instruments, and produce their music through CD or vinyl. But, in the other side, indie musicians has something that any musician with major label doesn’t have. It’s freedom. They are the one who decide how to make their own music, how and when to release their music, where they want to held gigs, how to promote their music, how many music video they will make, how much they will sell their music, and other things. They are the one who control everything and no one holds them back. When they could control everything, they will find their own way to produce their music with their own budget.

The next thing is people’s music taste. Indie musician create music based on their music passion and vision without thinking what kind of music that happening right now. Because actually, people will search music based on the style of music they like and enjoy. Sometimes, music that we heard on the radio or television doesn’t fit with our ears or music taste so we tried to discover new things. And yes,  people thrive to explore so many kind of new music and sound so we always feel curious to find our next favorite band or singer.

The last thing is about self-publishing and promotion. Well, maybe this is the main things from the whole process of independent music production. Every indie musicians definitely wants their music to be heard by people around the world. But maybe, back to the budget problem, some indie musician can’t effort things like press conference, launch/released party, being recognized by Spotify or other website, and other things to promote their music. But now, there are so many website who curate and help to promote so many kind of indie music, like Bandcamp, Indieshuffle, Soundcloud, or MySpace. This websites definitely gave a huge impact for every independent musician nowadays. I could find so many great indie musicians through these websites. Beside that, there are so many indie musicians who finally become a success band or singer through their own network, friends, or fanbase without help from major labels.

Okay, that’s my opinion about the things that might be every indie musician had been through in the process to produce their music. If you have other opinion about indie musicians or music, you can give your comment and share it with us. Thank you so much.

Elsa

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In Our Humble Opinion

Australia Indie Music Invasion in World Music Industry

As we know, United States and United Kingdom are the most popular and most dominant country in the music industry. Both country has a huge influence in the development of world music. These countries have produced so many great and successful musicians from various genres of music with album sales reached tens even hundreds of millions copies worldwide. US and UK musicians also dominate music charts in other countries around the world. Well, from US, who doesn’t know Michael Jackson? One of legendary musician in the world. From UK, who doesn’t know The Beatles? Totally one of legendary band in music history. Their songs still being cover by so many musicians and being play in so many places until now. Yupp, we can say, US and UK are the main center of world music industry.

Lately, I accidentally found so many good musics in Soundcloud. Well, most of them is indie band or duo. But, what makes me surprise is most of them are from Australia. Band or duo like Tigertown, Charles William, Lovers Electric, The Paper Kites, and Gordi already amazed me with their awesome music. Some of them already released their debut album or EP and some others recently released their debut singles which I think totally great and very pleasant to hear. I definitely sure you know about Vance Joy and Tame Impala, right? Yes, they are one of some well-known Australian musician who already success entered US and UK’s music market. I think we all know it is not an easy thing to do for every musician from outside US or UK.

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I tried to browsing about world music industry and based on global music industry market, Australia ranked is 6th. Australia is still behind US, Japan, Germany, UK, and France, though Australia indie music industry is something that we always anticipated. Honestly, in my own country, it is hard to hear about their music although my country borders directly with Australia. Our radio usually play music which already has a high position in world music chart so I have to dig some music websites to discover their awesome music. Maybe I’m not a music producer or musician or expert music analyst or someone important in music industry, but from my humble opinion, Australia indie music have a great potential to be known worldwide. I’m sure there are more indie singer or band who still not being discover, but if we want to discover and dig a little bit, you will find a lot of music treasures in Australian music industry.

So, are you ready for Australia indie music invasion? What’s your favorite Australian musician so far? Tell us by give a comment below. Thank you. 🙂

Elsa

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