This year proved to be an exceptionally defining year for many up and coming artists. More shows, more fans, and the release of a lot more music has demonstrated that 2018 was the year of growth and 2019 will be the year of domination. This upcoming year, keep your ears open and eyes peeled for the huge moves that these five SoCal house talents are guaranteed to make.
Arnold & Lane
Arnold & Lane made their debut last year with some self released tracks as well as their label debut on Audiophile XXL. Since then they've dropped music on Outside In Records, OKNF, Hood Politics, BrashBeats, My Techno Weighs A Ton, and Tons & Tons; a stellar way to kick off any music career. Overall they have made a quick rise in the music community and it seems like they will not be slowing down any time soon. Their style takes heavy influence from minimal tech house. They transform simple grooves into dance floor weapons through the use of dirty bass lines, fat vocal hooks, and buzzing synthesizers. This duo has taken the trendy styles of tech house and shifted it a step further with a style that is both simple and complex in its own unique way. We recently caught their performance at Space Yacht last week where they premiered a ton of mind melting unreleased originals. If these unreleased tracks are what is in store for 2019 then you can bet that they'll be blowing up bigger than ever.
Euføeni is another SoCal based artist who crosses several genres around house music. His styles of retro, disco, and funk are as flexible as they are colorful. Euføeni's music is centered around dreamy chord progressions with dense arrangement both melodically and rhythmically. This year has been a big one for him with performances at both Splash House and CRSSD Festival [checkout our interview here]. We are looking forward to seeing his development in 2019 both through his love of 80's nostalgia and his futuristic sound design.
2018 has been a phenomenal year for DJ and producer Tanner Munn, aka Morelia. With multiple releases this year across many highly-acclaimed labels and a number of huge performances under his belt, Morelia has been on an undeniable rampage. Morelia earned his way onto the likes of labels such as Broken, Audiophile XXL and Space Yacht with bangers including “Poecilotheria”, “Misundastood”, and his remix of Londonbridge’s “Sound Of The Underground”. However, after speaking with Morelia, the track he is undoubtedly most proud of this year is his latest release “Vibrate” on Insomniac’s imprint label Discovery Project. Along with the signing of “Vibrate”, Morelia was also the winner of the Discovery Project contest and had the opportunity to play at Nocturnal’s Sunken Garden stage. However, this was not the first (or even second) time that this artist had the opportunity to play an Insomniac event. Earlier this year, Morelia was asked by the Space Yacht team to perform on their Art Car at Beyond Wonderland and inevitably brought the heat. A few months later at EDC, Morelia once again proved his skill alongside friend and fellow artist Sang Froyd on the Cats and Boots Boombox Art Car. It was also recently announced that Morelia will once again be joining the Cats and Boots team on their Art Car at Countdown. This year has been full of accomplishments for this young artist and he his showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. 2019 may be the year of the pig, but it seems that it will also be the year of the snake (checkout his newest logo).
When you hear the name VNSSA, what comes to mind? Do you think female powerhouse? How about Dirtybird Campout’s first 2018 announced artist? Maybe you think about Psycho Disco or House of Hustle, just two of the huge labels she’s signed to? Regardless of which of these accomplishments you think about when you hear her name, it can go without saying that she has made some major moves this year and will certainly continue to make moves in 2019. In particular, 2018 was a pinnacle year for VNSSA in regard to acquiring huge gigs. Fans saw her name printed on dozens of show fliers and multiple festival lineups. In addition to playing this year’s Dirtybird Campout West Coast (and also providing a guest mix), VNSSA performed at Coachella a whopping three times this year during weekend two and most recently opened the mainstage for a sold out MK show at Exchange LA. Not only that, but she will also be playing LA’s NYE event, Minimal Effort. If that isn’t big enough, she also just announced that she will be joining the Holy Ship 2019 squad on their 13.0 edition, already proving that this next year will be even bigger and better than before. Even with all of these shows, VNSSA still finds time to produce bangers and has released collabs this year with Bot, Kendoll, and Fantom Freq, just to name a few. Also, did I mention that when she’s not performing or producing, she’s managing the merchandise store she launched this year? 2018 has left us asking, “what can’t VNSSA do?” and in an industry dominated by males, I advise watching out for this gal because she’s clearly not holding back.
This LA based producer and DJ has had an especially busy year perfecting his sound and playing shows all around the nation. From the beginning to the end, 2018 helped cultivate and bring this artist to a new level of creativity that we can guarantee will show its supremacy in 2019. Zendlo is known for blending together the perfect combination of elements that house fans love. From memorable lyrics to good low end and of course an excellent grasp on overall sound design, it is no wonder why Zendlo has left his mark on many impressive labels as well as created a number of hits both individually and in collaboration with other house moguls. This year alone, fans saw the release of bangers such as Zendlo’s "B.F.B." on Psycho Disco, which quickly became a favorite amongst electronic music fans and has garnered over 105,000 streams on Spotify. Along with this hit, Zendlo also released “Methane”, a collaboration with Omnom which was released on Insomniac Records and swiftly became a weapon in any DJ’s arsenal of songs. In addition to showing the scene what he can do in studio, this artist also showed that he can bring the heat to the club and put on many memorable shows this year. Along with multiple Space Yacht sets, Zendlo also played shows for Space Taco, MDA- alongside Golf Clap, and even played direct support for Malaa in Detroit on his 2018 Illegal Tour. If all of these accomplishments weren’t enough to prove that Zendlo is one to look out for, this year he also made it on Spotify’s Housewerk playlist— for the second time. It is safe to say that Zendlo keeps himself busy and at the rate he’s going, 2019 promises to deliver even more heat than this past year did.
These five SoCal artists are not only making waves in the electronic music scene but, rather, causing a storm. There is no question that in the upcoming year (and the foreseeable future) these artists will continue to excel and perform at a level equivalent to the pros commending them now. The accomplishments of this year only foreshadow what is to come and these talents will undoubtedly continue to raise the bar and exceed your expectations.
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