Los Angeles attracts likeminded people from all over the world. The type that is hungry for fame and for unique opportunities the city has to offer. But that doesn’t mean that local talents can’t break through. Here are 5 examples of locally-grown artists who are changing the face of music industry, one hit record out of time.
Self-proclaimed “Bad Guy” is the girl everyone’s talking about this year, all thanks to her sensational debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and effortlessly cool image. She’s got California to thank for her relaxed-yet-determined attitude: Billie was born in Los Angeles in the family of two entertainment industry’s insiders, while her older brother Finneas co-produced and co-wrote her album. Family goals all the way!
You would have never guessed it, but Americana-pop belter Elle King, who gained attention with her infectious single “Ex’s and Oh’s” back in 2014, is a daughter of comedian Rob Schneider of Saturday Night Live and Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo fame. Yet her music is 100% southern angst multiplied by her firework personality. Her second LP “Shake the Spirit” dropped last year and it’s full of bluesy bangers, too.
Miss Steinfeld may be the hardest working Angelino under 25 (she’s 22). A string of successful feministic pop hits? Check. Lead part in the latest Transformers movie? Check. Main theme for the final chapter of 50 Shades of Grey? Check, baby. Oh, and did we also mention that she was nominated for Oscar when she was 14? That’s multi-tasking queen in charge to you, you can bow down now.
Born at Californian Edwards Air Force Base, but raised in Georgia, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover would later use the memories from his younger years to create hit series Atlanta. His fame is pretty music universal at this point: from joining the Star Wars universe to scoring his first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with last year’s politically-charged smash “This is America”, this Cali/Georgian boy occupies a very special place in today’s pop culture, regardless of the zipcode.
Tyler, the Creator
Before becoming a world-renowned hip-hop phenomenon, Tyler, the Creator was working at FedEx and Starbucks, so it’s very likely that some of your letters and lattes were delivered by the same hands that would later write and produce five critically-acclaimed genre-defying albums. Want to scout for another hip-hop-star-in-the-making? Take a stroll around Ladera Heights, the birthplace of Tyler, the Creator.