Every advancement in music is the result of an artist’s inventiveness and originality—or, more often, a group of musicians pushing each other—experimenting with rhythm, instrumentation, and merging genres and sounds to create something new. It is a dynamic process in which musicians build on the work of others to create something unique.
However, some musicians go beyond what has come before them, and we want to honour some of the most forward-thinking musicians working today.
The artists listed below work in a range of genres, ranging from pop to rock to jazz to avant-garde. Some of their sound are also available at online casinos for gamblers to enjoy. Each is leading the music industry differently, but they are doing so boldly, and we cannot wait to hear what comes next.
Without further ado, let us share with you some of the most innovative musicians that are doing the most when it comes to creativity.
Atlanta electro-rockers Algiers (shown top) mix rock and electronica in the shadows of Nine Inch Nails on their most recent album, The Underside of Power, criticizing government injustice with the precision and ferocity of Rage Against the Machine. According to bassist Ryan Mahan, “political music has always been there.”
The album, which features a distinct mix of post-punk and gospel, drew a different kind of attention than Algiers’ self-titled debut from 2015, which Mahan attributes in part to context. “Because of the extremely specific societal circumstances in which it was born, people are reading this record as something more relevant.
Suzi Analogue, a Baltimore native, is a temporal paradox: she is enamoured with analogue formats from the past (her Never Normal record label is known for cassette-only releases), but her music (a blend of electronic beats, neo-soul vocals, and a hip-hop attitude) is firmly rooted in the present.
As a cultural ambassador from the United States, the acclaimed underground producer/vocalist/fashion designer has lived all over the world, teaching music creation to beat producers in the Netherlands and Uganda. — Jackson, Josh (Suzi Analogue provided the photo.)
Lea Bertucci is one of the most intriguing composers and sound artists working today. Much of her work, like a lot of music in those broad categories, uses resonance, drones, overtones, and dissonance. But she gives to the world a depth of passion and insight that shines through even in her noisiest and most frightening works.
Ian Chang, a drummer for Son Lux, is at the cutting edge of his craft, blurring the lines between electronic and analogue performance. Chang can put a large array of samples into his drum kit and play a veritable symphony of electronic shades and colours based on where and how hard he hits each drum using Sunhouse’s Sensory Percussion system.
Elysia Crampton began her career in music as a remixer under the moniker E+E before releasing her debut studio album, American Drift, under her name in 2015. Crampton, who is of Bolivian descent and was born in California, uses a wide range of media, including disturbing film clips, samples from numerous genres of music, collected sounds such as rhythmic explosions, and her experimental electronica.