The #bestweekendofsummer is just around the corner: FYF Festival is an annual three-day music festival that takes place at the LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park. Since its founding in 2004, FYF has featured top-notch artists across all genres genres: Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, Kendrick Lamar, and so many more. Although the festival has grown significantly and somewhat abandoned its punk and indie-driven roots, in turn favoring more pop and hip-hop headliners, it is still very much possible to discover talented up-and-coming bands at the festival. Meet 10 select emerging artists not to miss at FYF 2017, listed in order of day and time below.
Friday, July 21
Sound: ‘90s R&B with 21st century hooks
Recommended for fans of: Missy Elliott, TLC, and Aaliyah
Notable Track: “How Does It Feel?”
Kamaiyah dropped her debut mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto in early 2016 to wide acclaim. Influenced by fellow FYF artist Missy Elliott, Kamaiyah’s music pays tribute to early ‘90s R&B while still making sure to not let the older sound overtake her music. Kamaiyah adds a certain flare to simple beats, creating unforgettable hooks. More recently, she was featured on YG’s “Why You Always Hatin?” alongside Drake.
Saturday, July 22
Sound: Lo-fi psychedelic indie magic
Recommended for fans of: Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala, Beach Fossils
Notable Track: “Every Single Thing”
Peter Sagar played guitar in Mac DeMarco’s live band until 2014 when he officially left the group to pursue his solo career. The solo project, dubbed HOMESHAKE, began in 2012. He has released 3 albums since 2014, including the critically acclaimed Fresh Air this year.
Sound: Beautiful indie folk-electric guitars
Recommended for fans of: Hop Along, Alabama Shakes, Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Notable Track: “Mythological Beauty”
This Brooklyn-based indie band tackles lyrical topics that most bands wouldn’t dare touch. Along with typical ideas of love and loss, they also write about domestic abuse and dealing with death. Having released two albums in the last year, the band is on the rise and set for another year of aggressive touring.
Sound: Freestyle poetry & hip hop beats
Recommended for fans of: Isaiah Rashad, Mick Jenkins, Chance The Rapper
Notable Track: “Diddy Bop (feat. Cam O’bi and Raury)”
Following an appearance on Chance the Rapper’s mixtape Acid Rap, Chicago based rapper Noname released her first album, Telephone, in mid-2016. The album received widespread praise from music critics, and in the past year, Noname has worked with Chance as well as Mick Jenkins, Saba, and Smino.
Sunday, July 23
Sound: Sweet, stripped down rock-the way it’s meant to be played
Recommended for fans of: Black Keys, Diet Cig, St. Vincent
Notable Track: “Had Ten Dollaz”
LA based band Cherry Glazerr was founded in 2013 by Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman. After a short time together, the band had already booked a gig at SXSW and been featured in multiple commercial spots, from Target to Saint Laurent. The band released Haxel Princess in 2014 before Uribe and Redman left the group. In January of 2017, Cherry Glazerr released their sophomore album, Apocalipstick, with a new lineup constructed by Creevy. The short 34 minute album is the perfect way for this rock band to introduce themselves back into the music world.
Sound: Soulful indie-folk with horn arrangements
Recommended for fans of: Porches, Mac DeMarco, Car Seat Headrest
Notable Track: “No Woman”
Whitney consists of drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s and guitarist Max Kakacek. The band was formed in 2015 amidst the breakup of the musicians’ previous bands. They released their debut album in mid-2016 and subsequently headlined their first European tour. Guitarist Kakacek mixes perfect amount of sparse electric guitar and strummed acoustic to create calming textures to compliment Ehrlich’s somber lyrics.
Sound: ‘90s rap influenced by punk rock
Recommended for fans of: Joey Bada$$, Aminé, Travis Scott
Notable Track: “Girls @ (feat. Chance the Rapper)”
Joey Purp, born Joey Davis, is a rapper who got his start freestyle rapping in and around his home of Chicago, Illinois. Purp released his first mixtape in 2012, The Purple Tape, and had an even bigger release in 2016, iiidrops. “Girls @,” a song on the new mixtape, features fellow Chicago legend, Chance The Rapper.
Sound: Heavy beats exemplifying UK’s rising hip-hop culture
Recommended for fans of: Stormzy, Missy Elliott, Tasha The Amazon
Notable Track: “Skwod”
UK-born rapper Nadia Rose released her first album on January 2017 to a huge amount of hype. Rose experienced almost a meteoric rise after quitting her job and getting serious about music in 2015. After performing at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and scoring a coveted spot on BBC’s “Sound of 2017” shortlist, Rose unveiled her debut record Highly Flammable in May 2017.
Sound: Thoughtful harmonies bundled in an experimental sound
Recommended for fans of: FKA Twigs, alt-j, Purity Ring
Notable Track: “Show Me Love”
Hundred Waters, formed in Florida in 2011, is known for using a mix of real and electronic instruments in their songs. The mix of piano, flute, bass, and synths serve to create an interesting blend of textures. Their 2014 album, The Moon Rang Like a Bell demonstrated their experimental sound, with a song where the piano was recorded through Skype and another where the alarm sounds used were from actual police cars. More recently, the band released the EP Currency, and Skrillex remixed their song “Show Me Love” featuring Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal.
Sound: Honest rap lyrics with an R&B appeal
Recommended for fans of: Khalid, Frank Ocean, Young Thug
Notable Track: “PRBLMS”
After living out of a backpack for more than 4 years, 6LACK was freed from an indie label contract that he felt restricted him too much. He would then release FREE 6LACK in 2016. The album was wildly successful, with the song “PRBLMS” earning over 55 million streams on Spotify. After opening for The Weeknd on tour and releasing his latest single, “That Far,” 6LACK is slated to go into FYF bigger than ever before.