We’ve decided to spew out our batch of the top indie acts to watch out for in 2013 way ahead of the usual humdrum yearend lists.
Analysed and compiled from the platform that champions independent music all over the world, The Bite My Music Global awards team presents the 13 acts that is guaranteed to be standing tall after all the euphoria of the supposed end of the world simmers to a nought.
The best bunch of people to kick in New Years day with in 2013 are:
Fatiniza was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia and raised to the beat of Latin rhythms. Currently residing in Dubai, Fatiniza has successfully established herself as the region’s most popular female artist, landing performances for the ruler of the UAE His Highness Sheik Khalifa Al Nayan, the ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheik Mohamed Al Maktoum, Tiger Woods and football giants AC Milan.
Fatiniza also performed at the Formula 1 Grand Prix finals in Abu Dhabi closing the Brazilian Parade and again supporting UK Singer/Songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.
She walked away with the Song the Year for “Out of Control” at the Bite My Music Global Awards, the World Cup of Indie music.
Swami Baracus (UK)
Having received substantial airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC 1Xtra, Kiss 100, Galaxy FM and BBC Asian Network, Baracus has performed at the UK Asian Music Awards press launch and was the first Asian rapper, to be featured on the UK Dubstate segment on DJ Excalibahs legendary ‘Tales From The Legend’ Hip-Hop show on BBC 1Xtra.
Baracus is also the winner of the Asian 8-Mile MC Battle contest, which took place at Radio 1 DJ Nihal’s monthly night ‘Bombay Bronx’ at the Notting Hill Arts Club. He was nominated for a BritAsia Award in 2011, for Best Urban Asian Act and this year won three Bronze awards (Best Hip-Hop Act, Best Hip-Hop song and Best Cross-Genre) at the Bite My Music Global awards.
K-Town Clan (Malaysia)
At the recent Bite My Music Global Awards, which is considered the World Cup of Independent Music, they bagged two gold awards – Best Genre-Bender (Come Get Some – Bangkai Beserker version ) and Best Hip-Hop act in the world.The win comes hot on the heels of their unprecedented VIMA Music Awards 2012 win, which they notched six awards.
Through the years they have managed to create their own brand of music which they call, Twisted Crunk. An experimental blend of all sorts of genres from Crunk to Hip Hop to House/Electro to Dirty Dutch to World Music to Rock & Roll and so on. They describe themselves as the pioneers of crunk in Malaysia and the only ones doing Twisted Crunk in South East Asia.
Ashanthi (Sri Lanka)
Ashanthi is better known as ‘The Queen of Sri Lankan Hip Hop music’. Touring the globe, wowing audiences worldwide on stages from the Sydney Opera house to the Millennium dome in London, The Cannes film festival in France and beyond, Ashanthi has made her mark in the music industry as the number one contemporary female music icon of Sri Lanka.
She recently bagged a ton of awards at the Indiego Music Awards Asia 2012, the biggest South Asian music awards.
She received recognition in the following categories – Most Creative & Innovative award for music, Best Overall Female Vocalist (GOLD), Best Pop Act of Asia (Silver) &The Best Hip-hop/Rap solo award (Silver).
Qayaas recently took home all the major awards at the Indiego Music Awards, the first South Asian Music Awards, where they won Best Rock Group, Best Rock Song and also Best Rock Vocalist.
They were also voted Best Act among their peers.
Over the years, Qayaas has accumulated a growing number of accolades and achievements including winning Best Rock Band from Pakistan at the JD Aawards (organized by Jack Daniels and Rolling Stones Magazine India) and the first band from Pakistan to perform at one of the biggest and most prestigious Music Festivals in USA called SXSW (South By Southwest) which takes place every year in Austin, Texas.
Hera is Heidi Habib’s one-woman band. Her unique Arabic rock and metal style landed her the runner-up position in the Female Act category at the recent Bite My Music Global awards. Hera is in the process of writing and releasing a full-length rock/metal album later this year, featuring a variety of Middle-Eastern dialects.
The dynamic duo not only redefined the way the public digested music in India but also landed several accolades over the past few years including Best Electronica Act of South Asia at the recent IndieGo Music Awards (The South Asia Music awards).
After many brainstorming and composing sessions they realized that the music they make doesn’t fall into any of the existing genres! So they decided to coin a genre for themselves – world progressive sound.The genre essentially covers their music which borders on new age, ambient, down tempo, world, fusion fused with liberal dosages of electronica.
Blister’s aim in their music is to take the influences of old and make it new again. They believe that Rock n’ Roll/Heavy Metal/Hard Rock still has a place in the music industry and plan to re-introduce it with their own brand of Rock to the masses, starting slowly with Malaysia. They caused quite a stir recently when they walked away with the Best Rock Act award at the recent Vima Music Awards, upstaging prominent acts such as Dragon Red, Bunkface and An Honest Mistake. Blister spots that one of their highest achievements so far is when they performed for one of their idols, alongside Amy Search as one of the opening acts for the SLASH Live In KL concert.
Crossover Kidz (USA)
Crossover Kidz is a Hip Hop, and extremely musical duo, based out of Boston that continues to electrify stages all over New England. They have been hailed as the next big thing by many and hinges on the edge of greatness, inching closer with every new release. They landed silver in 2 categories at the Bite My Music Global award for Best Hip-Hop act and Best Hip-hop song.
Dirty Shirt (Romania)
Dirty Shirt is a Metal-Industrial-Hardcore band from Romania. The band’s unique style derives from mixing rock and metal with a variety of other musical styles and elements, such as Balkan folklore, Funk, Electro, World Music and Reggae. They won a Gold for Best Collaboration and a silver for Best Rock act at the Bite My Music Global Awards
Empire Isis (Canada)
With more than a dozen wins and nominations for awards such as Best International Artist & Nest New Pop Artist, this North-African beauty defies all preconceived ideas of your typical Urban artist. Empire ISIS aka ‘The Gangstress’ brings a new meaning to word “World Music” by breaking down the musical barriers and fusing Hiphop, Dancehall and Reggae with pop. She won Best Dance Song with “Bang Bang” at the Bite My Music Global Awards.
The Observatory ( Singapore)
The Observatory is an indie space rock and electronica band based in Singapore consisting largely of alumni from significant Singaporean bands. They have toured throughout Asia and Europe and are influential in the Singapore music scene. The band is expected to head into new worlds in 2013 with the recent surprise addition of Bani Hakyal, former front man of B-Quartet.
Brodha V (India)
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Brodha V draws inspiration from 2pac Shakur, Rakim, Big L, Big Pun, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Nas, DJ Premier, AR Rahman, Timbaland, stalwarts in the industry. Besides being a performing artist, he is also a composer, programmer, sound engineer, lyricist, scriptwriter and a film maker. As a part of the MWA (Machas with Attitude) crew, he has worked for over 40 films in India.
Brodha V’s mettle was undisputed in an underground rap tournament held in 2008, where he was adjudged The King of Rap, South India. He has worked with Raghu Dixit and Yash Raj Films as a part of MWA in the movie ‘Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge’.
Brodha V recently won the ‘Best Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Song of The Year’ awards at the Indiego Music awards and Bite My Music Global Awards 2011, for his hit song ‘Aathma Raama’.