Next Step Artist Spotlight Contest: September Entries!

 

We are now entering the third month of our monthly Next Step contest aimed at highlighting up and coming musical talent.

To date, we’ve featured a couple of amazing folks, including Tara Priya in July and Iman Williams in August. Both very talented vocalists.

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 until Tuesday, September 20th. That said, we are now open for September entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Next Step Artist Spotlight Contest: Accepting August Entries!

 

Last month, we premiered our monthly Next Step contest, which is aimed to highlight up and coming musical talent. The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services! Last month’s winner was LA-based retro songstress, Tara Priya.

This month, we will begin accepting submissions on the 1st and close submissions on the 15th. That said, we are now open for August entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Next Step Artist Spotlight: Tara Priya

 

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We’ve selected a winner for our Next Step Artist Spotlight Contest – congratulations to Tara Priya!

LA-based Tara Priya is really on a roll. The retro-soul singer/songwriter hailing from San Francisco has already been awarded several honors, including winning Billboard’s Annual Song Contest earlier this year. Beginning piano and poetry at age four, opera training at age eleven, and jazz training in high school, it’s clear that Tara has had her eyes on the prize for a long time. In fact, she breezed through undergrad at Columbia in two-and-a-half years, just so she could focus on her music full-time as soon as possible.

Since graduating, Tara returned to California and released her self-titlted debut EP in September 2010, which you can stream in full below. Make sure to take a listen to our favorite track, “Memories.” Above, you’ll find her adorable video for the infectious “Rollin,” which released last month. If you like Nikki & Rich, Tara may well be right up your alley.

We caught up with Tara over email and looks like she’s busy working on a second EP for this fall! Also, keep your eyes peeled for tour dates in LA, SF, and NYC! Tara’s current tour dates can be found after the jump.

Thanks everyone for your submissions! Heads up that round two of Next Step will be announced in a couple weeks along with some tweaks to the rules and an additional prize!

Tara Priya: the EP by TaraPriya

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Tour dates after the jump

dÉbruit + “Mezdé” Video

 

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French producer dÉbruit is something else. Traveling to different countries to gain inspiration and learn their musical traditions, this sound architect makes us understand music as the playtime so many musicians revel in. When dÉbruit relocated to London, he lived in a Turkish neighborhood where his curiosity eventually birthed his latest EP, Şiş Sürpriz. Naturally, the work couples traditional Turkish folks instruments with choppy head-knocking electronic sounds. The most recent video from the EP is for the textured and tasty track, “Mezdé,” which provides visuals just as bold as the bassy sounds. His debut album is in production and will center around trips to West Africa. It’s going to be killer, we already know.

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Artist Spotlight: Only Children + “Everything.Goes.OUR.Way” Video + “Automatic” Single

 

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Only Children covers Metronomy’s “Everything Goes My Way” to bring us the very special “Everything.Goes.OUR.Way,” which will be on their forthcoming project, Love.Shaped.Love.Sounds. The duo consists of Def Sound and Nikko Gray, who claim to have birthed a new genre they call trillwave. On this particular track, Nikko’s vocals sound like a yummy blend of Karma Stewart (of PPP fame) and Ragen Fykes of Grillade. Heart. You can also take a listen to their latest single, “Automatic,” below.

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