Halfway through the year, there is already an abundance of fantastic music from numerous new and emerging musicians. We compile a comprehensive list of the most intriguing and in-demand up-and-coming musical performers in the indie and underground scenes each year. Here is the 2022 issue.
A group of youthful, feisty musicians at the vanguard of a constantly changing musical landscape is responsible for the emergence of unique micro-scenes and new trends each year. Some of these musicians carry on long-standing stylistic conventions, while others are pioneering new sounds and moving the musical needle.
The DIY music community is active and thriving, and many of these bands are on the verge of significant mainstream breakthroughs. These acts range from undiscovered Bandcamp cult heroes to Rateyourmusic favorites, emerging stars of the 5th wave of emo, to vast rap collectives.
Dwayne Kirkland, popularly known as D Kirk KV, has been a sensation in the music industry thanks to his ability to forge his distinctive character, which has allowed him to rise to some level of success quickly. His father, who was renowned for having a great west coast/swagger feel, urged him to take up music seriously, which is how his passion for music began.
Despite being a Philadelphia native, Kirk’s family and friends are primarily from the Caribbean and Jamaica, which gives his music a stronger affinity for dance-hall beats with an island flavor.
So far, he has produced some outstanding musical compositions, the most successful of which was “Put It Down,” which he performed with Sunnie. D Kirk’s style takes inspiration from Shaggy and Sean Paul.
When asked what distinguishes his music from other artists, he responds, “My music blends R&B with the islands, giving off a sweet and spicy vibe that helps it stand out from the competition. I want to use my music to take listeners to the beaches of the Bahamas, and I think I’ve been able to do that so far.”
Growing up in South West Philadelphia, he had to learn to be unique and stand out from others. His DJ father significantly impacted how passionate and in love he became with music. After enrolling at Kutztown University for college, he began finding his bearings. After years of experimenting with his sound and performing various tunes, he finally found his voice.
His present-day inventiveness and innovation have developed into something that is now known throughout the entire planet. He is enthusiastic and full of hope for his future as a business tycoon. Thanks to the ongoing growth of his brand on both the musical and professional fronts.
This talented musician claims that while studying to become a better artist in college, he realized that music was his true destiny.
He finally became a professional music artist with quick global recognition after learning the fundamentals of the craft of music creation through time.
He expresses great admiration for Kid Ink and claims that the opportunity to open for him would be a true blessing. He would also like to work with some artists in his lifetime, including J. Cole and Tyga.