ArrDee’s rise to the top has been explosive, with his debut mixtape Pier Pressure becoming the biggest selling body of work from a debut UK breakthrough artist in 2022. It’s sitting on the most-streamed hip hop records of 2022 list, alongside Drake and Kendrick Lamar. New track ‘Loser’ further flexes these muscles, cleverly playing on comments from the haters in that comedic way he does so well while offering an insight into the mental state of a rap star firmly on the ascent. Expect to see big things from ArrDee at Listen Out with a high energy set from one of the UK’s next big stars.
Coi Leray carves out a lane of her own as a dynamic, dangerous and different kind of pop star. The New Jersey-born and Los Angeles-based rapper, singer and all-around firebrand first sunk her claws in the culture with the 2018 independent breakout mixtape, Everythingcoz. In its wake, she unleashed the acclaimed sequel EC2 (2019) and Now or Never EP (2020) and racked up a total of 124 million cumulative streams and counting.
Perhaps the definitive indie electronic artist, Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) is a British DJ and producer whose experimental yet highly accessible recordings, which blend organic and electronic sounds, have earned widespread acclaim from critics and fans of electronic music as well as indie rock. He collaborated with Skrillex and Fred again.. for the 2023 single "Baby again..," and the trio performed at the year's Coachella festival. Four Tet released the solo single "Three Drums" in April.
Multi award-winning Friction is one of the most revered and respected electronic music artists in the world today. Cutting his teeth in the drum & bass UK underground of the early 2000’s, Friction’s build from one of the most passionate, most technically skilled DJs into an all-round anthem producing artist has been relentless. Today he co-owns the globally renowned Shogun Audio label, Elevate Records, Maraki Records and hosted BBC Radio 1’s weekly drum & bass show for 6 years.
Born and raised in the birthplace of Hip-Hop, with over 31 million monthly Spotify listeners and songs with Nicki Minaj, PinkPantheress & Lil Tjay- Ice Spice is the newest artist coming out of the Bronx, NY.
North London’s climbing rap riser JBee has been taking the music industry by storm. Paving a lane of his own, his positive outlook and versatile sound has turned the heads of many; following the release of his break-out single ‘4AM’ in 2021 which swiftly gained attention on TikTok, JBee has become one of the go-to fresh faces in British rap.
Now based in Los Angeles, JPEGMAFIA’s sound is dark, but not without a humor that makes things even more uncomfortable. His role as villain or satirist, hood protector or nihilist is intentionally hard to put one’s finger on.
The Amsterdam-born, London-based DJ has fast become one of the underground's most-loved figures. Having started her career performing mixes on Boiler Room, to the release of her first remix to now a sold-out, 20-date, European headline tour and to being requested by the likes of Burberry, Jacquemus, GANNI and Prada to lead various musical experiences, Jyoty is proving herself as someone who is showing no signs of slowing down. Jyoty is here to represent good music at Listen Out and isn’t limiting how she does that.
Having produced full-length albums with Vince Staples, Denzel Curry, Rico Nasty, Freddie Gibbs, and 03 Greedo, Kenny Beats album “LOUIE” heralds another innovative left-turn for the Connecticut raised producer, who Pitchfork once proclaimed "hip-hop's prodigal son." At the end of 2018, The Ringer hailed him as "The Hottest Rap Producer on the Planet." Rolling Stone called him "The Rap Game's Best Studio Therapist." His discord has become the second largest on the platform in music, spawning a new generation of producers, and nurturing a music community between fans and artists. The beat battles on his massively popular Twitch channel have been judged by Billie Eilish and Finneas, Mike Dean, Benny Blanco and Skrillex.
In addition to Lil Uzi Vert’s 2018 Grammy nomination as “Best New Artist”, the artist also received the “Breakout Artist of the Year Award” and the “Breakthrough Artist” award during Billboard’s 2017 Touring Awards. The rap superstar has also been featured on several record-breaking tracks including Travis Scotts’ RIAA 3X platinum certified “Wasted” featuring Kanye West, the RIAA gold certified single with Future “Drankin and Smokin” and Lil Baby’s RIAA platinum certified “Commercial” single to name a few.
In 2020, Uzi dropped the deluxe edition of the long-awaited release, Eternal Atake, which includes part two of the album, titled LUV vs. The World 2, reaching #1 on the Billboard 200. Eternal Atake would go on to gain RIAA Platinum certification. Immediately following these projects, Uzi and Future released both Pluto x Baby Pluto and the deluxe version in the same year. Uzi made their 2022 return a strong one with a flood of national festival performances and the release of the EP Red & White. Followed up the EP release with his latest single “Just Wanna Rock.”
Mallrat is a master of clever, timeless pop. Mallrat has garnered attention from the NY Times, NYLON, NPR, and more. PAPER named her in their "100 Women Revolutionizing Pop," after making it onto the "Best of" lists by The Fader, Billboard, NOISEY, NME, Triple J, and TeenVogue. At home in Australia, she continues to place Top 5 on Triple J charts, while in the UK, winning "Best Australian Solo Act" at the NME Awards. She has toured both at home and internationally, including supports for Maggie Rogers, Post Malone, and King Princess.
The Dallas born, NY-based artist is known for his unique combination of soul, R&B, and house beats blended with jokes about life’s everyday experiences. Inspired by artists like Reggie Watts and using his background in acting and piano, Rebillet brings audiences into every part of his improvised performances and remains true to his independent roots.
Piri is UK dance artist who blew up on Tiktok in 2021 with her single 'soft spot' earning praise from artists such as Charli XCX. Piri then went on to release "On & On" which has received over 37 million Spotify streams.
International household name - Skrillex has won 8 Grammy Awards, been named MTV's Electronic Dance Music Artist of the Year, and holds the record for most Grammys won by an electronic artist. His recent travels have led to him collaborating with some of the most forward-thinking and avante garde voices in music such as Fred again.., Four Tet, Bladee, Yung Lean, Missy Elliot, Kid Cudi, Chief Keef, & countless others.
With recent releases such as "Rumble" featuring Fred again.. & Flowdan along with "Xena" featuring Nai Barghouti all receiving positive reception, Skrillex's new music continues to highlight why the forward-thinking producer remains on top of his genre.
Spinall is one of Africa’s most recognisable and successful DJs. The DJ, producer and songwriter, with his signature African cap, is well known for his large catalogue of hit singles, supreme skills on the decks and collaborations across six studio albums. He is one of the few Afrobeat DJs to tour Africa, UK and the United States including performances at Ends, One Africa, and Glastonbury festivals.
Spinall who opened for Bruno Mars in Australia has just headlined the 2022 MTV EMA’s in Germany performing his hit record Power featuring Summer Walker, DJ Snake, Ayanna and Nasty C. Spinall’s signature style moniker is a traditional Yoruba cap, AKA “TheCAP” AKA “The Crazy Ass Party”, a common reference used by fans after their experiences at Spinall’s events. For over a decade, “TheCAP” has been his brand power and identity, symbolizing the brand’s consistent delivery of musical excellence in every form of presentation.
Spinall continues to connect with the worldwide market to open up new grounds for DJs from the African continent.
Venbee dropped her new track “Messy In Heaven” recently, a collaboration with Goddard. Despite the cheeky blasphemous nature of the song, it peaked top 10 in the UK charts! Venbee’s quick ascension started with her debut track “Low Down“ (with Dan Fable) released earlier this year. A dark pop song tackling the subject of depression, backed by stripped-back liquid drum & bass. It topped Spotify’s Viral chart, Radio 1 made the song its Introducing: Track of The Week, and spent 6 weeks in the UK chart (peaking at #59) while receiving more than 31 million Spotify streams.
Little Fritter & Wongo launched Need2Freak in the peak of a world pandemic with the idea of creating an outlet for people to express themselves both physically and musically away from all the noise of the outside world. The boys have cleverly managed to tip toe around the no dancing rules that kicked in 2020 and since then every event has been a sell-out. Fast forward 2023 – need2freak has a cult following of new age ravers in QLD that want to be fully exposed to forward thinking music and experiences which will be no different at Listen Out.
Hot on the tongues of the global electronic music scene and charming his way to your hearts is Brisbane producer Young Franco. With collective streams clocking over 50 Million on Spotify alone, Young Franco is one to watch. He’s been played out by the likes of RÜFÜS, Motez, Alison Wonderland, Snakehips, SG Lewis, Flight Facilities and many more. With multiple tracks including "Like That" and "Get Your Money" added to high rotation on Triple J and spins on BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Kiss FM and Beats1.
Yunè Pinku’s music taps into many facets of being a young person in the early 2020s. “I try to grasp the weird in between feelings that everyone has but no one describes, like where you feel like you should be happy but you’re not, or, if you’re at a party, and sort of tune out.” Half-Malaysian and half-Irish, the South East London-based newcomer layers wistful, syrupy vocals over production that draws from the UK rave canon but with a restless, textural slant. It’s music for pre-drinking while applying eyeliner; the messy afters; the 8am Uber journey home.
1TBSP is an Indie-House project from Australian Grammy Award Nominated Maxwell Byrne, more commonly known for his work as Golden Vessel. In 2021 he released debut four-track EP "Kanashī" which was met with much praise and has since collected over 2.2 million streams on Spotify. Later that year he released two double-singles-"Dhollandia // Circles" & "Stay Up // Rest" while also supporting the likes of Young Franco, BAYNK and daste on their Australian tours. Kicking off 2023 in fine-form, 1TBSP gave us three new singles - “Pioneer Digital Plastic Sound”, “No Nein (feat.Mietze Conte)” and “Four Tet Is My Godmother.”
Donatachi is constantly pushing boundaries and shifting perceptions of what pop and electronic music can be. Off the back of their mini-album release ‘donatachi.com’ and with a USB packed full of energy, Donatachi teamed up with Side Chains to kick start their first ever Australian tour. Donatachi’s mini-album draws inspiration from the formative years of rave, jungle and break beat, inter laced with their signature hyper-bubble gum pop production-a sound sought out by artists including Dorian Electra, Slayyyter and That Kid. A national support for Ashnikko’s 2023 tour of Australia/NZ only further demonstrates Donatachi’s demand as one of internet pop’s most notable Down Under.
Sydney supernova Willo traverses an inspired path. Fun and charismatic from the bucket hat down, her iconic rhythms have seen her flourish, making memories at Splendour in the Grass, Flume’s astronomic arena shows and Christchurch’s Flux, among others. With her radiant take on Golden Features’ ‘Vigil’ landing on revered outfit Ninja Tune, she starred as the cover of Spotify’s Portal, Fresh Finds Dance and Fresh Finds AU/NZ playlists, alongside electronic stalwarts the world over. Solidifying her position as one of Australasia’s favourites, Future Classic and Astral People wasted no time in classing her as one of their own, working hand in hand with Cloak Ent and Proxy to steer the trajectory of the brightening star.