The acts in part four of DZI: The Voice‘s “25 Music Acts You Need To Know” series bare their souls in different forms. There’s the Tri-State area alternative rock band, the electronic influenced R&B singer, the London-based pop prince, the genre-bending female rhymer, and the new age trippy trio. Each one is mastering their own style that’s amassing serious recognition from the music world.
Genre: Indie Rock
Hometown: Ridgewood, New Jersey
Description: Originally formed in Bruce Springsteen’s home state and now located in the hipster capital of Brooklyn, Alex Bleeker, Matt Mondanile, Martin Courtney, Jackson Pollis, and Matt Kallman have rock running through their veins. Add the fact that critics love them, and you have a formula for a great American band.
Key Projects: Days LP; “Easy” Single; Atlas LP; “Talking Backwards” Single
Connect: www.realestatetheband.com; @realestateband
Genre: Electronic Soul
Hometown: London, England
Description: Getting a co-sign from Drake is the perfect set-up for success, but you need to have the talent to back it up as well. Early indications – like appearances on Drizzy’s “The Motion” and “Too Much” – suggest the British vocalist is ready to claim his spot as one of the leading voices of New Wave R&B.
Key Projects: Dual EP; “Too Much” Single; “Happens” Single; “Indecision” Single
Connect: www.sampha.com; @Sampha_
Hometown: London, England
Description: The singer-songwriter received his early musical training as a student at Youth Music Theatre UK and as an apprentice to jazz performer Joanna Eden. He got his big break as a guest feature on Disclosure’s “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s “La La La”, but he officially steps out on his own with his upcoming In the Lonely Hour LP.
Key Projects: “La La La” Single”; Nirvana EP; “Money On My Mind” Single; “Stay With Me” Single
Connect: www.samsmithworld.com; @samsmithworld
Sasha Go Hard
Genre: Hip Hop
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Description: The young femcee is next in line to represent for the buzzing Chitown indie Hip Hop scene. Her appearance on Maybach Music Group rapper Rockie Fresh’s Electric Highway led to features in major music blogs, and eventually she connected with noted DJ/producer Diplo to lace her with the tracks for “Damn” and “Out The Bottle”.
Key Projects: Nutty World Mixtape; Round 3 Mixtape; “Problem” Single; “Out The Bottle” Single
Connect: www.sashagohardmusic.com; @SASHA_DARAPPER
Genre: Psychedelic Soul
Hometown: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Description: As direct descendants of Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, and Parliament-Funkadelic, this three-piece band’s embrace of musical experimentation and visual art presentations feels like a time capsule come to life. Their brilliance is the ability to update the style for a new generation and successfully tread the line between art and commerce.
Key Projects: The Stepkids LP; “Legend In My Own Mind” Single; Troubadour LP; “The Lottery” Single
Connect: www.thestepkidsband.com; @thestepkids