Over the last decade, we’ve seen dance music mutate in style at a rapid rate. From electro, trap, future pop, mumble rap and more, it’s been one hell a ride. With the new decade here, it fers a fresh symbolic opportunity for artists to stamp forward-thinking ideas to herald in the next era music. So what does 2020 look like? Who are the electronic artists to watch in Australia?
In partnership with Southern Cross University and their Bachelor Contemporary Music course, we’ve dug deep across Australia to find five artists who are pushing the boundaries in style and flair to kick-f the ’20’s.
Southern Cross University is fering its Bachelor Contemporary Music course at Coomera, right at the doorstep the Surfers Paradise, as well as south in Lismore nearby Byron Bay in Northern NSW. The Bachelor Contemporary Music fers students a variety skills and career paths including performer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, educator and session musician. On the music business side, the degree fers the skills to start and grow a career as a musical director, events promoter and/or a venue manager.
Without further ado, here are our 5 Aussie dance acts to watch for in 2020!
LALKA’s style music provides listeners with a disjointed electro future pop that would hold that the shortest attention span. Her most popular track ‘Bang Bang’ follows a trend not following any trend at all, bending ideas into each other to create organised attitude-filled chaos. It’s the musical baby Uffie, Ajax and Busy P.
PAT CARROLL (NSW)
You don’t have to look far into Pat’s extra-curriculum life to understand the complexity his music. Currently doing a music-related PHD thesis, this soon to be Doctor music creates intelligent electronic music that could be likened to artists Jon Hopkins, Four Tet, Bonobo and SASHA. In his most popular track ‘Plateau‘, Pat uses field recordings thunder as well as hail hitting his window to create an organic and electronic composition. An artist with cinematic ideas beyond the realms ordinary.
PNK FME (SA)
PNK FME (Pink Fame when said out loud) is a multi-talented producer and vocalist who uses his music to delve deep into the human condition, using his songwriting to wrestle with his mind’s ominous musings. We took notice his single ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ that sits on the pop end the electronic spectrum and has sing-a-long value. With smooth verses and an earworm a chorus and a voice fit for a lullaby, PNK FME has all the ingredients to potentially produce a hit over the next few years.
Borderland State (QLD)
Originally coming to light after winning a DMA’s remix competition mid-last year, Sunshine Coast producer Borderlands makes cinematic dance music that is the perfect soundtrack to a drive with stunning natural views. His beat-driven music is expansive with an emphasis on synths, guitars and drum patterns. A great example this is his song ‘Say It’, that uses a combination guitars and vocal samples, lead beautifully by a stly spoken anonymous vocalist. Sitting in a similar category to Pat Carroll, Borderland State is ripening to be a headline spot at bush dos.
VNCCII is a singer, songwriter, producer and DJ incorporating the structure dance music and blending ideas that would be best explained as ethereal sci-fi pop. Not constrained to a particular mood palette, her discography so far feels very theatrical when played in succession with songs that go from beautiful to banging. The song ‘Citizen A.I.’ caught our attention with its hard-hitting bassline and thick dubby synths. VNCCII packs a punch and will be a real peak time party pumper in years to come.
Read more about the Southern Cross University Bachelor Contemporary Music course here where you can study music and make beats by the beach.