Over the past 15 years, few industries have gone through more upheaval than music. Of course, music is an art, and art is always evolving, but rarely does it go through a macro-evolution this substantial. It’s not just what kind of music people listen to that’s new, but how we listen to it, how it’s affecting us and even what we consider to be music.
For something as personal as music, it’s virtually impossible to get an objective grip on where it is, what’s most interesting about it and what upcoming trends and artists are most shaping its future. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try.
RELEVANT rounded up a panel of a few seasoned music experts to talk about what current bands they’re most intrigued by, their take on the current state of the music industry and what they see on the horizon that has them most excited. The conversation that follows touches on everyone from Katy Perry to Kendrick Lamar.
We also spotlight a few fast-rising artists you ought to put on your radar. Long story short—if you’re looking to get caught up on the state of music in 2013, this is a great place to start.
Andy BarronOne of our favorite music photographers, who's shot the likes of Switchfoot, Mumford & Sons and the Civil Wars.
A prolific music journalist who's covered everyone from Johnny Marr to Ben Gibbard to the cover story of this issue.
Rising star of Los Angeles' hip-hop scene and artist on the Humble Beast label.
WHO'S ON THE RISE
Tyler: What is one band that’s small-time right now that you’d like to see get big? That it’s time. They deserve it. They’ve worked hard long enough.
Propaganda: Seryn. The show is such an experience. To the point where, and maybe it’s because I’m new to all this, but I had to step out of the venue for a song or two because it was just so overwhelmingly beautiful.