Music is the art I turn to when everything seems to be falling apart around me. As such, I’m always looking for new talent to get into.
You may have heard of these three artists, but the Billboard charts and/or record labels have yet to realize their genius. So the least I can do is give them a spotlight here so they can have a small slice of the credit they deserve.
Max Gleason, better known by his moniker of Smooth McGroove is a talented musician with a manly beard and luxurious head of hair that you could be forgiven for thinking was a mark of being a Metal artist.
On the contrary, Smooth is actually quite the talented Acappella singer.
Smooth’s YouTube channel features a number of Acappella covers of famous video game soundtracks. Stand out tracks include his renditions of Sonic 2’s Chemical Plant Zone, Castlevania’s Vampire Killer, and Mega Man 2’s Dr. Wily Stage. All of these display his amazing vocal range and ability to recreate sound.
Also, he has a cat named Charl. He likes to help Smooth make his videos.
Here’s a Band that I rediscovered recently through idle time spent on the web. This is a good thing, because there are so few good Heavy Metal bands out there.
Consisting of Rob “Rawrb” Kersey, Josh “The J” Key, Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and Matty J “Moose”, Psychostick is often described as “Humorcore” and has a much better sense of humor about itself than traditional Metal music.
You can follow them on their official website to buy albums and merchandise as well as watch their tour schedule. They are a lot of stupid fun and they know it.
Of course, that’s not to say that all fun has to be stupid, as evidenced by…
Also known as Brandt Cooley, Professor Shyguy operates off the of the idea that – quoting his Facebook page – “Fun doesn’t have to be stupid, and smart doesn’t have to be boring.” Sadly, this is a way of thinking that most pop music has forgotten.
The Professor is a Synth/Electronic artist that creates a unique sound using Chiptune compositions. He prides himself on composing everything himself without relying on sampling which, again, is something that sadly seems to be growing rarer in the pop music industry.
The track I would recommend is the amazingly complex Science, life, & ABCs. However, one has to respect The Professor’s sense of humor as he covers the normally vapid Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball and the geeky romanticism in Guilded Love.
You can check out his albums and more at his (very well designed) official page and support this bold experiment in Electronic music.