10 Artists to Follow On International Women’s Day
A Hundred Drums
Gabrielle Watson has cultivated a sound that moves with the times, but also continues the narrative of the scene from the birth of electronic music to its journey across continents, vanguards, and movements. After 10 years of crafting her sonic signature in cutting-edge spaces, A Hundred Drums has emerged onto the main stage to bring the sounds of the underground to the masses at events like Ultra Music Festival, Electric Forest, and Okeechobee Music Festival. Supported by the likes of Zeds Dead and Subtronics, A Hundred Drums is currently touring the globe on various tours while still releasing frequently on Deadbeats and simultaneously running Los Angeles Sound System Culture haven, B-Sides Los Angeles, which is celebrating 8 years with a massive anniversary show headlined by Glasgow reggae staples Mungo’s Hi Fi, who will be joined by Bukez Finezt, VEIL, Wraz and B-Side resident, LYQD. You can purchase tickets here. —FRANZ HILBERATH
Natalie Wood has had a passion for sound from a very young age, from being involved in band in school to filling the first iPod with countless different genres. That love for sound only grew more when she was first introduced to electronic music on the UKF YouTube channel. After that it was game over. She knew what she wanted to do, create the frequencies
that truly spoke to her soul. From there, the wood.wurks project was born and her dreams started coming to fruition. Since then she’s graced stages at renowned venues like The Black Box in Denver, Colorado, and played sets at festivals like Yonderville. Not only is Natalie an incredible producer, but she’s also part of the badass DEF team. Her emotive, bass-infused sounds have always made her one to watch, and since truly finding her sound with her latest release – COPPICE- things will keep going up. —ALI MOONEY
Coming out of the West Coast, Casmalia is a force to be reckoned with. The classically trained musician turned bouncy tech house and bass producer and vocalist is sweeping the electronic music scene right now with her four-on-the-floor weapons. Since 2017, she’s earned affiliations with Insomniac Records, mau5trap, Night Bass Box of Cats, My Techno Weighs A ton, and more while gracing some of the biggest stages across the country.
She just released her first new single of the year “Right Thing” alongside ZOF on Noizu’s label, Techne Records, dosing listeners with yet another one of her Detroit-style, house bass anthems. Catch her alongside Noizu on his upcoming spring tour both in Salt Lake City and Miami, as well Ghettoblaster’s summer tour in Grand Rapids. As if that weren’t enough, she also got her own monthly radio show, called Unicorns Only, on Data Transmission Radio. A true icon in the electronic music scene right now. –MIKALA LUGEN
At the tender age of 18, Jessie Murph is a candid singer/songwriter with a promising music career ahead of her. The Alabama native is in the middle of her first headlining tour celebrating her debut mixtape titled Drowning. Jessie’s fans are enthralled by her keen ability to deliver emotive and unfiltered lyrics that reflect her history dealing with toxic relationships, death, addiction, abuse and mental health issues. The genuine connection with her audience became even more evident once her tour, spanning over 25 cities across the US, sold out in minutes. Named one of Amazon Music’s ‘2023 breakthrough artists to watch’ and Pandora’s ‘Artists to watch in 2023,’ Jessie is well on her way to a productive year. If you missed your short-lived chance to snag tickets for Jessie’s tour you still have options. So far, she’s been announced for Salt Lake City’s Hive festival and Breakaway in North Carolina. —KAHLA KEEGAN
LitaLotus has always been a fundamental part of the music scene. From shows in the Bay Area as a fan, to running and attending every Twitch stream under the BitchKraft alias, they’ve never once stopped the passion and grind. Lita has graced stages at festivals like Infrasound, and sought after venues like The Black Box and Cervantes, opening for artists like Saka, The Librarian, and more. On top of all the musical accomplishments, they also work with Deep, Dark, and Dangerous as the Digital Content Manager, and Widdfam as the A&R + Operations Coordinator. Lita never defines themselves to just one genre box, creating an eclectic array of Dubstep and DnB inspired tunes, the possibilities and sounds are endless. There’s no doubt about it, this tastemaker is one you should always have on your radar and team. The love, support, passion, and talent Lita has will take them beyond the stars. If you ever have the chance to catch a LitaLotus set – do it! —A.M.
Bringing the energy and unique sounds to Denver is the one and only, Yoko. Once she put her foot on the gas, she did not let up, and that’s obvious with the success she’s been having. It all started with DJ’ing in college, and from there her passion only blossomed more, realizing she wanted to create and play her own sounds for people to hear. Yoko already has an arsenal of releases under her belt, each one telling a story and focusing on different emotions. While most of her music does lean on the bass side of things, no two tracks will ever sound the same. Last year she self released her debut album – Beneath The High Seas, proving that she can truly accomplish anything. This year things are really about to take off, the producer will be blessing fans with her music at The Untz festival with The Gradient Perspective fam, as well as debuting in states like Arizona, Minneapolis, and surely much more. This is the year of Yoko. —A.M.
You better put some respect on NotLö’s name! The Denver-based producer is no new face in the experimental bass scene (READ OUR INTERVIEW), but it seems like she’s finally getting the respect and recognition that’s long overdue. She had a huge year in 2022, with releases on the most respected record labels in modern bass, including Dead Beats, Cyclops Records, Gravitas Records, Odyzey Music, Deep, Dark & Dangerous and many more. Her music comes straight from the underground, summoning archangels through speakers across the nation at festivals like Sonic Bloom, Interstellar, Electric Forest, WAKAAN and many more. It seems like the whole industry is supporting NotLö, and for good reason. Her music is the epitome of a twisted bass face. It’s dirty, it’s grimy, but more than anything, it’s unescapable. Next week, the producer teams up with MYTHM on Deadbeats for a new collab, “Lies” —LOGAN SASSER
Mary Droppinz is house music at it’s finest. A recent addition to Zeds Dead’s Altered States house label, the dynamic house producer is a rare force that always gives headliners a run for their money. Sure, she leans into the acid vibe with full force, but she also experiments with disco house and even the occasional hip-hop aesthetic on tracks like “NYC,” which showcases Droppinz unparalleled ear for killer breakbeats and techno sounds. If you’re looking for a fresh take on the classic warehouse feel of original Chicago club music, look no further. — L.S.
Known for her vibrant stage presence and potent dubstep sound, THRASHA is gaining a reputation as one of the heaviest female producers in the game. Having moved from Michigan to Denver to conquer her dreams of becoming a notable bass artist, THRASHA was first inspired by artists like NGHTMRE and Samplifire. Last year we saw her first single release “ENDGAME” which gave dubstep fans a hearty taste of what the THRASHA project is all about. Fast forward to today and she has already marked one of her 2023 goals off her list. Her most recent single, “Real or Fantasy,” is THRASHA’s first release through a label (Rude Service). Her career is off to a big start and there is nothing but high hopes for THRASHA’s future endeavors. -K.K.
So Tuff So Cute
The pandemic brought a fresh new wave of artists and ideas to the North American festival scene, giving birth to the new collaboration project by Amber Giles, a.k.a. Mija, and Georgia Magree, a.k.a. GG Magree, know together now as So Tuff So Cute. While both artists have cemented their names into the music scene individually, So Tuff So Cute punk influenced production and live performances have brought a revitalized energy to their careers. Debuting with a hit single, “Break Stuff,” last July, they shortly followed it up with a Trap hit, “Death Wish”. After playing EDC Las Vegas, and Deadbeats Backyard Jamboree last year, they are currently heading their own tour ending with an appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival —BRANDON NORIEGA