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The sound of 2015

2014 was a great year for music with George Ezra, Royal Blood and Sam Smith all bursting into the public sphere and it seems that the trend is set to continue.

James Bay, 23 year old singer-song writer, has a similar sound to George Ezra and Ed Sheeran and has had success supporting the likes of Tom Odell and Kodaline. Mellow and raw, his stripped back style has led him to be long listed for the BBC sound of 2015 award.

Hot on his heels is American singer-songwriter Ryn Weaver whose song Octahate caught the attention of Charlie XCX and Hayley Williams to name but a few. The track held #1 on Billboards emerging artist track for 8 weeks. She self classifies her sound as “fairy pop” and lists influences the like of David Bowie and Fiona Apple.

But if you’re looking for something a little different then perhaps Years and Years alternative tropical dance tracks or Markia Hackmans abstract folk vibe might catch your ear instead.
2015 looks to be a promising year for all things musical from new artists and veterans alike.