October Next Step Winner: Julie


Hungarian singer/songwriter and set designer Julie takes her place as our October Next Step winner. Having written her first songs in kindergarten, Julie has been immersed in the arts from a very young age and is primed to create some beautiful music.

Julie’s first solo release was earlier this year with an EP titled The Blue. The entire 4-track project is available below for stream. Upon listening, you’ll hear some awesome downtempo, trip-hop, and soul vibes that remind us a bit of Aya. Perfect chill out music for the end of a whirlwind of year!

Above, watch the dreamy video for the title track and get your slow motion daydream on.

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Giant Step Staff Picks of 2012

Here it is! We’ve compiled our favorite music and more from 2012. This year some of the artists we’ve been passionate about include Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, Grimes, Alt-J, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Disclosure, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Bobby Womack, to name but a few. Ah yes, and there’s also that gem of an album, Channel Orange, by Frank Ocean that topped quite a few of our lists.

So take a quick peek back at 2012 with our rose-tinted shades on here.

We hope you enjoy(ed) these as much as we did!

Now Accepting March Next Step Entries!


With SXSW just wrapping up and WMC in full swing, we are now calling all entries for our March Next Step contest! Show us what you’re working with!

So many awesome artists have been showcased through this series. Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, and Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012!

Stay tuned for the announcement on our February Next Step winner later this week!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Saturday, March 1st. That said, we are now open for March 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Video: Sonnymoon – “Near Me” + ’2012′ EP Stream


Sonnymoon has finally released their sophomore project, the 2012 EP! Above is the trippy live performance video for the opening track, “Near Me,” a lulling yet glitchy electro-soul tune. So glad to hear more from these guys! Check out a full stream of the EP below.

Also, hop over to Jay Z’s Life+Times blog for an interesting interview with the duo detailing their influences and times at the Berklee College of Music.

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