Which acts and artists are growing the fastest across the internet right now?
Topping the Next Big Sound chart this week are Canadian EDM DJ duo Dzeko & Torres. The pair started working together in 2010 and have attracting a lot of attention lately with both official and unofficial remixes as well as their Rave’n podcasts, available on SoundCloud. At this point they have close to 500,000 plays on the site, and more than 4000 followers, 1300 of which signed up in the past month, a 135 percent increase from the month before. The pair passed the threshold of 10,000 Facebook page likes on January 3rd and are just finishing up a mini tour promoting their EP. They will be performing in New York City in early February.
Coming in second on the fastest accelerating chart is an already established artist within the world of EDM. Gigamesh is the stage name of Matt Masurka, a Minnesota-native, who has two EPs under his belt and is gearing up for a third release in mid-February, this time under Nurvous Records. He currently ranks in the top 97th percentile of SoundCloud followers and has seen close to 2 million plays on the site in total. In the past two weeks he gained 1500 new Facebook page likes, which is a 128 percent increase from the previous two-week period, and also saw a threefold increase in the number of new YouTube subscribers during that same time.
Ranking seventh on the chart is New Zealand rapper David Dallas, formerly a member of the group Frontline. Dallas went solo a few years back and has a few releases under his belt, but it is his recent EP Buffalo Man, which involves a collaboration with R&B artist Daniel Merriweather, as well as samples of Jamiroquai tracks, that has helped accelerate his online numbers. Having published a studio video with Merriweather on YouTube in early December, the rapper’s total number of views are now in the range of 3 million. He reached more than 35,000 Facebook page likes in the past 2 weeks and had more than 2000 people talking about him in the last week. Dallas’ SoundCloud plays are also up, the more than 20,000 plays he saw in the first two weeks of the year translate to a 75 percent increase from the previous period.
A rockband composed of four brother from South Africa, Kongos came in at number 10 on the Next Big Sound chart this week. The band is currently on a European tour, supporting Dispatch in Austria, Denmark and Germany and AWOLNATION in the UK. They have seen more than 670,000 YouTube video views, close to 70,000 of which occured in the last month, a 32 percent increase from the month before. In total they have about 20,000 Facebook page likes and 6,500 Twitter followers, and their mentions would indicate that while 50 percent of their fan base resides in South Africa, close to a quarter are from the US.
Check out the Next Big Sound charts each week, to find out who is on their way to the top.