Artists to watch in 2016 (pt. II)

A few weeks ago I highlighted some local talent to look out for this year. If you missed it you can find it here and you can also see the video that’s just been released for the song I co-produced for Ryki.

As mentioned in the previous post, the part of my job I get the most excited about is the discovery of new talent and having the pleasure of watching it bloom. Below is a list of 3 more artists I have tipped for big things in the coming months.


Dominic Neill

Pop – Independent

Having made his way into the Top 7 contestants of Season 8 Idols, it’s clear that this guy can sing, but as we know all too often, the road to success is paved with failed talent contest drop outs. The difference with Dominic though is that he has never wavered or fallen into the dark abyss of corporate appearances from which no one returns. Having released the single “Better Day” earlier this year with new comer Joe Louis, his most recent feature on DJ Kent‘s album “Love You Still” is likely to be another chart topping tune for the singer to chalk up to his name for 2016.

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Apple Gule

Pop – Sheer Sound (Gallo)

Some people might be aware that Apple and I have some history together. In early 2014 Apple signed with Soul Candi where him and I got together and made a house cover of the iconic Charles & Eddie single “Would I Lie To You”. The track didn’t receive much attention locally but thanks to my friend Madorasindahouse and his YouTube community the song picked up traction and as of September 2016 has been streamed almost 1 million times on Spotify. More recently he has signed with Sheer Sound a division of Gallo Records and his debut EP “Handwritten” released earlier this year has been received well at radio.

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Hendrik Joerges

Dance – Do Work Records

Another artist that I had the pleasure of coming across whilst at Soul Candi is Durban based producer Hendrik Joerges. The young bedroom producer has consistently been producing boundary pushing electronic music since I met him in 2013. With various remixes to his name, most notably his work with Locnville and more recently the impressive future bass rendition of “Rain” by Mark Stent and Pascal & Pearce, he is set to release a debut EP in the forthcoming months that I am quite excited to hear.

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