ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS (USA)
Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson.Paak, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He plays with the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums and also serve as backing vocalists. .Paak’s 2016 album, Malibu, received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards.
DANNY GOFFEY (UK)
Working under the vangoffey monicker Danny Goffey steps into the limelight after spending most of his adult life writing and performing in the Great British rock band Supergrass, penning many of their best songs including 'Alright', 'Caught by the Fuzz' and 'Late in the Day'. After more than 15 years the band split leaving Goffey sitting on his hands contemplating his next move.
After relocating from London to Somerset he began writing songs again-about his friends, family and the mad world around. From a small wooden shed in his garden his first ever solo album, 'vangoffey’ was conceived and these songs started to gain momentum. Before long Goffey found himself signed to Distiller Records and recording his debut album in their wonderful Somerset studio.
One of the premier Hip hop acts in India, Vivian aka Divine is an award winning Rapper & Hip-hop artist from the streets of Mumbai. With hit singles such as Farak and Jungli Sher, his raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life. As the vanguard of Indiaʼs Underground Music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with International Hip-Hop Beats makes his live shows power packed.
MAHESH RAGHUNANDAN (IND)
Mahesh is a singer-songwriter and musician from Bangalore whose music combines indie folk, folk rock, pop rock and soul along with a hint of blues. Besides the solo career, Mahesh is involved in multiple collaborative projects. He is the frontman of the psychedelic/alt band Blushing Satellite.
PRATEEK KUHAD (IND)
With the release of his debut album, In Tokens & Charms, in January 2015, India born singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad firmly established himself as one of the frontrunners in the Indian independent music scene. Having toured extensively around India, he has also performed in New York, Nashville, Austin, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Toronto etc., and as the support act for Alt J and Mike Posner's India tours. Live, Prateek recreates a warmth and vulnerability that has become his signature, effortlessly blending his folk-pop sensibilities with heartbreaking lyrical irony.
Watsky’s early career as a poet has impacted everything he’s done since. Whether emotionally raw or subversively comedic, lyrically gymnastic or narrative-based, the emphasis has always been on the words. After a hiatus to work on new material, Watsky pivots again, this time to prose, returning with his most ambitious album yet—Times Infinity— executive produced by Russell Simmons, co-produced by Kush Mody, with additional production by Anderson .Paak and contributions from 21 Pilots drummer Josh Dun.
WHEN CHAI MET TOAST (IND)
A simple breakfast. A simple melody. When Chai Met Toast takes inspiration from the lighter side of life to create music that is heart-warming, happy, and smile worthy. The newest band from the land of coconuts, they gained fans quickly with a special acoustic setup, and a unique brand of infectious happy music, which transcends age, genre, and even language.
WOLF ALICE (UK)
An evocative North London alt-rock outfit led by vocalist Ellie Rowsell, Wolf Alice deftly mixes folk, grunge, and electronic elements with vintage '90s indie rock. Their single "Moaning Lisa Smile" peaked at #9 on Billboard Alternative Songs in August 2015, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the 2016 Grammys. They have been described as "the lovechild of folk and grunge".