Hey everyone! Long time no blog... yet you still amaze me by sharing my humble little blog and continuing to read and come along on this amazing journey with me. I will forever be humbled and thankful to all of you for your continued support... artists and indie music fans alike!
I was asked the other day by one of my new Twitter friends @clindbeck to post a top 10 indie artist album list. I thought this was a very intriguing request, and as I was starting to figure out said list in my mind, I realized that there are soooooo many incredible artists that I've discovered just this year alone that there's no way I could possibly narrow that list down to just 10!
So what I'm going to do instead is give you a list of indie artists who's music I've discovered this past year. Actually, it's been over the past 2 years (roughly). My journey of indie music discovery actually started when I first found the music of David Gielan nearly 3 years ago... followed shortly thereafter by In Air (when they were known as Nobody Gets Killed), Mike Peralta and Lit On the Flash.
For those of you who are new to my blog, the aforementioned artists form the core of my indie music support and are the original catalysts for this journey. Their talents have allowed me to once again enjoy music and look forward to turning my iPod on again! I have effectively given up on mainstream radio, save for the continued support that I give Ryan Star as a proud card carrying member of the #RStarArmy!
If you follow me on Twitter or frequent this blog, you can easily tell who I tend to throw the majority of my support behind. I am unashamedly loyal to Lit On the Flash, David Gielan, In Air, Mike Peralta, David Geftakys, Euphoria Audio, You Vs Me, Broken Romeo, When Particles Collide, Naked on Roller Skates, Rum Honey, Roadside, Dungaree Dogs NYC & Message to Venus. This is in no way a knock on any other indie artists out there... I will support you all in whatever way that I can. But what it boils down to is I'm a fan and I just happen to have my favorites :)
So, if you'd care to know who my favorite indie artists are and/or whom I've discovered over the course of this past year, start clicking on the links below and get ready to go on the most intense musical journey I can offer you!
And don't forget to check out my list (on the right side column of this blog) of my favorite internet indie radio stations. Their continued success depends on YOU!
Note: Most of these links are going to be to either BandCamp or Reverbnation pages. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE navigate each page, as there are multiple albums on BandCamp and multiple recordings on their ReverbNation pages... you DO NOT want to miss or skip A SINGLE album or single, trust me!
Lit On the Flash BandCamp
David Gielan ReverbNation
In Air- WeAreInAir.com
David Geftakys - DavidGeftakys.com
Mike Peralta - MikePeralta.com
Euphoria Audio ReverbNation
You Vs Me
When Particles Collide - WhenParticlesCollide.com
Naked on Roller Skates - NakedOnRollerSkates.net
Broken Romeo - BrokenRomeo.com
Dungaree Dogs NYC Facebook
Message to Venus - MessageToVenus.com
Rum Honey ReverbNation
Evie - EviesMusic.com
Jared Blake - JaredBlakeMusic.com
Slam Cartel - SlamCartel.com
Satellite Club Hotel - SatelliteClubHotel.com
Prospect Hill Reverbnation
Mother Leopard - MotherLeopard.net
Zoey'z Fallacy - ZoeyzFallacy.com
Nicki Kris - NickiKris.com
Echo and Drake - EchoAndDrake.com
Last Stand for Lucy - LastStandForLucy.com
Simpleton and Cityfolk ReverbNation
Jet W Lee - JetWLeeBand.com
The Verdict BandCamp
Melic - MelicBand.com
Kingdom of Few - KingdomOfFew.com
The Static Cult BandCamp
Abby Holden - AbbyHolden.com
Mariana Bell - MarianaBell.com
Poor Yorick - PoorYorickMusic.com
Lorelei Carlson - LoreleiCarlson.com
Harbinger - HarbingerOfficial.com
The Last Ones ReverbNation
Stone Kings - StoneKings.co.uk
The VeraGroove Facebook
Hutch Heelan - HutchHeelan.com
Stars in Stereo - StarsInStereoMusic.com
Aylin Eser ReverbNation
The Sun Pilots - TheSunPilots.com
Drop Dead Pin-Ups ReverbNation
Breathing Theory - BreathingTheory.com
The Well Reds - TheWellReds.com
3 Pill Morning Facebook
Winchester Rebels - WinchesterRebels.com
Natalie Gelman - NatalieGelman.com
Official Response Facebook
So, there you have it... my top 10 list of indie artists! See why I said it would be nearly impossible to come up with a top 10 list? To any indie artist who may be following me on Twitter who I didn't mention in this post, I sincerely apologize. Please Tweet me and I will right any wrong that needs to be! There are soooo many of you who have reached out to me since I've started this blog. I promise, your time is coming!!!
And to my fellow indie music supporters from Twitter, @crazyforjensen, @tanja_love, @clindbeck and @magicgritz, thank you all so much for being a part of this with me. Each and every one of you holds a special place with me. I couldn't have gotten this far without your continued support and encourgement.
And to ALL of the indie artists that I've had the pleasure of discovering, THANK YOU for giving us back REAL music!
NOTE: When you begin to discover these insanely talented artists, you'll notice that on their BandCamp and ReverbNation pages, they tend to offer a lot of their music for free. Please, please, please, please... when you can, please help and support these artists by purchasing their music. Being an indie artist means that you are not signed to a major record label. You are either out there on your own or signed to an indie record label... and recording and releasing music does not come cheap! So please, if you find something you like, search for them on iTunes or Amazon or look for their music on any number of other online outlets, such as CdBaby.
Support unsigned artists... give indie music a chance.