Who To Watch: 2017

2016 was a year that had some pretty amazing break out acts such as twenty one pilots, Flume, Halsey and Shawn Mendes but I’m almost certain that 2017 is going to have even more amazing break out acts.  From personal favorite acts such as Oh Wonder and LANY to acts that are getting consistent radio play like Jon Bellion and Daya, I’m here to tell you who you need to watch for this upcoming year. Let’s get started.

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Jon Bellion – I first heard Jon Bellion when my friend showed me a song called Timeless, and ever since then I’ve taken strong liking to his musicality and vocal style. This past year, however, I realized that Jon Bellion is about to be a force to be reckoned with. Though he’s been in this industry since 2011, and even has a Grammy to his name, his debut album, The Human Condition, really has everyone talking. You’ve might have seen him on the road with twenty one pilots or heard his latest single All Time Low on the radio, but I guarantee you’ll be hearing even more of him this upcoming year.


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Daya– You’ve heard of this girl, I can almost guarantee it. Whether you’ve heard her singles, Hide Away, Sit Still, Look Pretty, or heard her feature on The Chainsmoker’s single, Don’t Let Me Down, you’ve heard of her. Slightly reminiscent of Alessia Cara due to her genuine personality, honest lyrics and the relatable factor, Daya is an 18 year old powerhouse who I can see going very far within the near future. Be sure to see her on her upcoming “Sit Still Look Pretty” Tour. You can always say you saw her first.

Jake Goss, Paul Klein and Les Priest of the band LANY photographed by Dan Doperalski at the PMC Studio in Los Angeles in June 2017 for WWD
Photo by Dan Doperalski

LANYI’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing this band three times, one of which I’ve written about before, and I know I’ll be writing about them again soon. LANY is a band that is based out of Los Angeles, California and have been quickly making a name for themselves within the indie demographic. After their single, ILYSB, started to gain more internet traffic, the band was soon traveling as opening acts for artists such as Troye Sivan,and Halsey and started creating their own fanbase. You’ll be sure to be hearing a lot about this band this upcoming year, especially with the much waited release of their debut album.


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Oh Wonder – Okay, yes, I consistently talk about this band on this blog, but there’s a good reason for it. This is a talented duo and I can guarantee you that they’re about to be recognized for it on a higher level. Not only is their music extremely pleasing to the ear, their music videos memorable and sweet, but there’s also a unique aspect to their vocalization style and instrumentation.Having opened for acts such as Halsey, and performed at festivals such as  Bonnaroo, Firefly, Lollapalooza, this alt-pop duo is about to one of the most talked about groups in the independent and alternative scene.


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Dua Lipa – I’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing Dua Lipa live due to the fact she  opened for Troye Sivan on his Suburbia Tour and I’m not lying when I said she left an impression. Not only did she bring a fun, playful energy with her songs such as, Hotter Than Hell, and my personal favorite, Blow Your Mind (Mwah), she also later joined Troye on stage to do a cover that also showed off her amazing vocal talent. Dua Lipa has the potential to become one of the biggest acts of this year, and you can hear that in the songs I’ve listed below.


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Louis the Child – Though they’ve been in this industry since 2012, I just know that Louis the Child is about to amongst the notoriety of artists such as Flume and ODESZA. After gaining a name for themselves, this duo has played at festivals such as Coachella, Electric Forest,  Electric Zoo and Lollapalooza. Their latest single, It’s Strange is starting to generate more internet traffic for them, but I know you’ll be hearing this Chicago based duo on the radio soon.


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Dodie Clark – Quite often known as a “quirky little thing”, Dodie Clark is a phenomenal singer who started out by posting covers on YouTube, ranging from songs such as Goner by twenty one pilots, Drive by Oh Wonder, Somebody Else by the 1975 and even La Vie En Rose by Edith Pilaf. Are you starting to see why she’s one of my personal favorites? However, not only does she show an amazing sense of artistry in these videos, but she’s also showcased her talent and her lovable personality.


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Grace VanderWaal: You might know her as the 12 year old that wowed everyone with her audition for America’s Got Talent, but I promise you’re about to know her for so much more than that. She’s a now 13 year old pop prodigy who’s about to take the world by storm due to her unique vocals, unmeasurable talent and lovable, bubbly personality. You might have even heard her song, Light the Sky, in the latest Google commercial entitled Year In Search 2016.

Are you impressed? Do you already know some of these acts? Do you have any more acts to add on? Please, let me know it the comments and I’ll be sure to give them a listen! I’ll be writing to you all next week and I hope you enjoyed this post. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook at ThisIsHowYouMusic!


Song of the Week: Body Gold by Oh Wonder (Louis the Child Remix)

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