This list is essential for those who want to celebrate New Year’s Eve accompanied by good music. The best songs of 2020 according to Electro Wow include independent and mainstream artists. Within the selection parameters, the combination of melody and lyrics were considered. Furthermore, all of these tracks have one thing in common, their instant catchiness quality! Obviously, it wasn’t an easy task as there are many great tunes that deserved to be on this list.
It’s time to forget the horrible Coronavirus year. Find out the best songs of 2020 right here.
✦ BEST ELECTRO-POP (SYNTH-POP) SONGS
The Weeknd – In Your Eyes
If Michael Jackson ruled in the 80s, Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd seems to take the lead in the 2020s. “In Your Eyes” has irresistible synthesizers and a delicious saxophone solo that makes it easily an unforgettable radio-friendly hit. He explores feelings of regret and pain in his personal lyrics.
Sam Sparro – Eye 2 Eye
I’m really obsessed with this beautiful Electro-Pop ballad! The Australian singer reaches the high notes with his splendid soulful vocals like nobody else. “Eye 2 Eye” gives you goosebumps as he puts intense emotions and so much passion into it. It’s a song about coming together and getting more intimate with the one you love despite being separated by a screen.
Jessy Lanza – Lick In Heaven
Enjoy gorgeous synths from start to end. Incredibly, Jessy’s singing voice feels as sweet as candy. For some reason, this is the type of music that makes you feel happy in no time. In actual fact, this amazing jam was born with a simple 101 bass line.
Kiesza – Love Me With Your Lie
Probably, inspired by Madonna’s “Erotica,” Kiesza rises like a phoenix from the ashes after a brain injury. This absolute banger from the Canadian singer is as catchy as hell. If you start dancing on your own once you hit the play button, then, that means you have a good musical ear.
ORION – Higher
Synth duo Orion Dommisse and John-Paul Sullivan will make you realize that the 80s never died. Their infectious music features a touch of drama and unfolds a nostalgic atmosphere. In other words, they sound like ABBA of the twentieth-first century. “Higher” is so dope!
Munatix – You Just Keep Hanging On
Hailing from Belgium, these emerging artists showcase their great expertise in vintage and analog synthesizers. Certainly, thanks to its singalong chorus, “You Just Keep Hanging On” can become a karaoke classic. Overall, a fun tune with strong hooks.
✦ BEST DANCE-POP (EDM) SONGS
Dejhare – Don’t Let Us Lose (Dance Deluxe)
Dejhare is a singer and songwriter best known for her romantic ballads. Nevertheless, this year she tried something different with a dance makeover of her ‘Unbreakable’ album. Well, the epic results speak for themselves. Listeners from around the world were left open-mouthed, especially with the dance deluxe version of “Don’t Let Us Lose.”
Baby Girl Oksana – Messed Up
Produced by Mr Mav and reaching the #3 position on Reverbnation, “Messed Up” by Baby Girl Oksana will surely get stuck in your head. Oddly enough, the sad lyrics of a broken friendship combine so well with the dancey beats. It’s like a hidden gem that deserves way more recognition.
COY Swede, Matthew Titmouse – You Are
The anthemic nature of “You Are” surpasses all expectations. COY Swede joins forces with Matthew Titmouse whose stable vocals give so much life to a special song that is dedicated to everyone that has experienced a great loss. Inspired by the one and only Avicii, you’re about to hear an underrated masterpiece.
Danny Spade, Tara Louise – Hooked
Needless to say, the feel-good vibes are part of the signature style of the rising American producer. On the other hand, Tara Louise has a beautiful tone that goes hand-in-hand with the uplifting melodies while taking this song to the next level. Evidently, Danny Spade is a name to watch within the Dance-Pop category.
N2BLÜ – Unicorn Tribe
The duo composed of Jonathan Arceneaux and Konstantin Smorodnikov wants you to embrace your authentic self via “Unicorn Tribe.” In this new decade, we need more artists like them whose music outstands due to excellent lyrics charged with positivity. Not to mention, there’s so much euphoria in the breakdown and at the drop.
John Lynx, Sergi Yaro – Dreams
“Dreams” is probably, the most satisfying composition produced by John Lynx. If you close your eyes, you can imagine big crowds jumping and dancing at a big festival to its massive drops. The Tiesto and Armin van Buuren’s influence is also notable on this cut. Sergi Yaro’s emotion-laden vocals confirm you this is one of the best songs of the year.
✦ BEST TRANCE SONGS
Dennis Sheperd, Katty Heath – Losing My Mind
Dennis Sheperd masterfully builds tension throughout the entire track, sparking off a fresh Trance classic. The chorus captures the emotions of someone who is dealing with a challenging situation. Add to this, the powerful vocals from Katty Heath who makes the beats roar.
RAM & Susana – You Are Enough
Here you have a good example of an emotionally-driven hymn. RAM & Susana will put shivers down your spine due to the uplifting melody and the message of this great tune. When they work together, this pair never disappoint.
Somna, Noire Lee – Beside You
“Beside You” perfectly displays the magic Somna is capable of doing at the studio. A highly emotive tune featuring the talent of singer and songwriter Noire Lee. The effects on it are brilliantly designed as well as the chord progressions.
Headstrong, Alexandra Badoi – Fear
Alexandra Badoi offers the heavenly quality needed in Trance music while Headstrong provides the proper sonic treatment with delicate beats and piano solos that will elevate listeners to a cosmic level.
Aly & Fila, Plumb – Somebody Loves You
Designed to send a wonderful message that revolves around self-esteem and confidence, Aly & Fila literally make a brand new hit. Indeed, it’s a response to depression and best of all, with the lovely vocals of Plumb.
Marcus Santoro, Lauren L’aimant – Blackout
“Blackout” evokes the feeling of flying or floating, much like the Trance tunes from the early 2000s. The undulating melodies hook listeners and the ethereal atmosphere derived from the singing voice of Lauren L’aimant is exactly what you can expect from their outstanding collaboration.
✦ BEST HOUSE SONGS
Muzik Box, Rinaldo Montezz – Karma
If clubs and bars weren’t closed due to the pandemic, “Karma” would be a hit within the underground scene. I think Muzik Box know what it takes to sweep listeners off their feet. This fantastic radio-edit version is a joint effort with Rinaldo Montezz who maximized the euphoria of this monster track.
Carnage, The Martinez Brothers, Elderbrook – Together
American producers Carnage and The Martinez Brothers deliver a totally different vibe on this song. It sounds like the future of the genre. Simple and infectious, “Together” is chilled-out House music at its finest!
Colt The House DJ – Summer
Duck Sauce – Mesmerize
A-Trak and Armand Van Helden aka Duck Sauce return with “Mesmerize,” their first single in six years. An uptempo offering charged with a particular 90s retro style. Needless to say, it’s a true gem of House music.
Electric Polar Bears – Break The Ice
Everyone will love the perfect blend of Future and Tech House on “Break The Ice.” The delightful summer-ready jam slithers through captivating clubbin’ rhythms. It’s impossible to listen to this groovy hit and not to move your body.
C-ntroversy, Michael M – Block, Report, Unfriend, Unfollow
I’m sure this funny track will spark a laugh, and its title says it all. With minimal beats, the message here is clear, “Block, Report, Unfriend, Unfollow” in order to protect your peace of mind is a great idea!
BEST DISCO SONGS
Kylie Minogue – Magic
In these dark times, Kylie goes disco for the first time, consequently, the song is pure “Magic.” A sweaty dancefloor filler inspired by the late 70s. With ethereal piano keys melting into brass, what else could you ask for?…
Purple Disco Machine, Sophie And The Giants – Hypnotized
Well, who hasn’t heard this funky track yet? “Hypnotized” became a massive hit across Europe, plus, it got the Platinum certification in Italy. Fans are already eager to hear his forthcoming Disco album in 2021.
The Shapeshifters, Billy Porter – Finally Ready
“Finally Ready” by The Shapeshifters and Billy Porter forms part of a new golden era of the Disco renaissance. With a fresh sound for the dancefloors, this is absolutely uplifting. I’m loving the cinematic strings and horns, but especially the magnificent vocals.
Sophie Ellis Bextor – Crying At The Discotheque
The “Murder On The Dancefloor” singer makes an impressive comeback with this flawlessly executed cover. This is pretty much an essential Disco jam for any DJ out there. With the modern arrangements and her sexy singing voice, she’s giving it a new life.
Doja Cat – Say So
As you probably know, TikTok makes songs go viral nowadays, and that’s the case of Doja Cat’s “Say So.” Probably, it’s the most popular Disco track of the year. The way she sings and raps at the same time proves her versatility, and that’s admirable.
Dimitri From Paris, Aeroplane, Leela D – Can’t Get Enough
This 6-minute slice of DISCO warms the soul. Dimitri From Paris and Aeroplane along with singer Leela D deserve praise from the clubbing world. Trust me, you’ll want to listen to “Can’t Get Enough” on repeat.
✦ BEST REGGAETON SONGS
Bad Bunny – Yo Perreo Sola
Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny is currently the king of Reggaeton. The purpose of this song is to support women wanting to dance alone and feel safe doing it. Giving that sense of freedom back to them.
Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, J. Rey Soul – MAMACITA
Positively, this year Black Eyed Peas innovate and explore Reggaeton rhythms by collaborating with different Latin singers. “MAMACITA” is a bilingual heater that incorporates all the catchy elements to make you wanna dance.
DJ Blass, Japanese – Larry Caboa
Fill your tank with adrenaline when listening to “Larry Caboa.” This is a highly danceable track that will help you get the party pumping. Don’t get surprised if it triggers Perreo pandemonium at your own house. The ambiguity of the lyrics is pretty hilarious!
El Alfa – Guaremate De Por Vida
Few artists can captivate all your senses like El Alfa and his strangely enjoyable song titled “Guaremate De Por Vida.” Clearly, the tropical-esque beats and its Dembow influence welcome party animals to go wild at clubs.
Gigolo Y La Exce – Cuidao
There is no question “Cuidao” is one of those eargasmic slowed-down tracks with emotive lyrics to sing out loud. Gigolo Y La Exce showcase all their skills, plus verses with good flow and wordplay put the icing on the cake.
Babylizz, Tomasa Del Real – Down
Romantic Reggaeton at its finest! Babylizz and Neoperreo Queen Tomasa Del Real join forces to rework this classic urban hit originally written by R.K.M & Ken-Y. Powered by nostalgia, the song melds the dynamism of the two singers who do their best in rapping with passion.
✦ BEST TECHNO SONGS
Ramon Tapia, Kai Tracid – 303 State
What do you get of play this acid monster from Ramon Tapia and Kai Tracid? Probably, your healthy dose of energetic music. This type of Techno sound is making a huge comeback in recent years, and I think it’s here to stay for a long time.
Will Clarke – Let’s Rave
Lose yourself in the music, “Let’s Rave” is an invitation to throw up your arms in the air. Sonically, its heavy direction can be interpreted as a fresh makeover of the acidic Techno from the 90s. Massive synths and stabs all around.
Josh Wink – Higher State Of Consciousness (Adana Twins Remix)
HURTR – Nu Acid
It’s particularly interesting to hear a Techno track with vocals. Hurtr has been working their way up in the underground scene since 2010. The seductive vocals from Heidi Hull merge with acid synths and pulsating beats in a hypnotic way.
Toma Hawk, Dr.Acid – Velvet
The world needs to hear this futuristic release from the one and only Toma Hawk. “Velvet” is a punch of straight Techno, a great mixture of Acid sounds, and a blast of kicks and basslines!
Paolo Virdis – Survive
Dark synths, excellent synths, and sequences. The mysterious sounding and its driving energy is compelling from start to finish. The Italian producer is one to watch out for in 2021.
✦ BEST NEW INDIE ARTISTS
Mark Henes – Arm Full Of Roses
Mark Henes is truly unique in the world of independent singer/songwriters. The amazing ballad “Arm Full Of Roses” sounds like a timeless classic track you’d probably hear in a movie. Today he’s making a name for himself in the industry by reimagining the Americana style.
Matilde Girasole – Cup Of Tea
From the very start, Matilde proves to be a talented singer. “Cup of Tea” is an energetic Pop tune fueled by her vibrant/vigorous voice. She’s one of the best new indie artists I discovered this year, and I can assure you she will go far with her music career.
Nathan Daniels – I Choose
Jace Heyman – Drunk Text
Jace Heyman blends Caribean music with radio-friendly Pop melodies on “Drunk Text.” It contains relatable lyrics, and they create a common scenario some of you will feel identified with. On a side note, the up-and-coming artist finds inspiration in mainstream entertainers like Chris Brown and Daddy Yankee.
The Migraine Aura – Your House
The Migraine Aura is a collective of artists and vocalists. As a matter of fact, the tune that amassed thousands of streams in Spotify is titled “Your House.” Buzzing with dreamy vintage vibes and nice acoustics, they create pleasing music that guarantees to brighten your days.
RYNO – Powerlines
Recorded during lockdown at his home studio, you can tell the indie artist pours all his emotions into it. As a result, lyrics are similar to a heartfelt letter. An interesting piece of songwriting and vocal performance as well.
✦ BEST ALBUMS
Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG
Black Eyed Peas – Translation
Kylie Minogue – Disco
Sam Sparro – Boombox Eternal
The Weeknd – After Hours
7 Steps To Set Up A Solid Concert Stage
From time to time, there will be occasions and social gatherings that’ll require you to set up a solid concert stage. A concert stage will provide a perfect venue to present various performances, host contests, or set up a loud sound system with a music DJ. Thus, you must ensure that the whole stage is well-equipped and ready for the type of concert or event you’re hosting so the show can run smoothly from start to end.
However, setting up a concert stage won’t always be easy, especially if it’s your first time. From the stage lighting, sound system, and microphones to the placement of the instruments and performers’ positions, you need to ensure everything is ready before the show starts.
But don’t worry as this post will discuss the following steps you can take to help you set up a solid concert stage before the show begins. Keep on reading to learn more.
1. Choose A Venue
Before you worry about the lighting and sound system, you need to find a venue where you can set up these things. The venue for your concert stage will depend on the event you’re hosting.
For example, if you need a small stage for your resto-bar or coffee shop, you need to choose a venue inside your bar that’s spacious enough to accommodate the performers, the band, and their instruments. If your bar already has a mini stage floor, the better.
Meanwhile, if you’re setting up a stage for an outdoor event/festival, a large open field may be the perfect venue for the concert. And since an open field doesn’t have a stage floor yet, you’ll need to invest in staging decs in various sizes to assemble them into a large stage.
Your stage must be made of tough and durable materials to handle and carry bulky instruments, speakers, and performers. Preferably, before you buy staging decs and stage risers, estimate how much weight the stage will need to support to avoid serious accidents and liabilities.
2. Plot The Stage
Now that you have the venue and the stage, it’s time to plot it. You must plot the stage first before placing any instruments or equipment in the area to clearly illustrate how the stage will be utilized. When stage plotting, you can use the following symbols to indicate what each spot is reserved for:
● X is for the stage chair;
● — is for the music stand;
● Rectangles are for the stage risers;
● O is for the drums or the Tympani; and
● The small o is for the stools.
You may also customize your own symbols, especially if you need many stage plots. Just make sure to list everything on one sheet and provide copies to your stage staff and crew so everyone will know their positions.
3. Set Up The Lighting
Great lighting is one of the critical keys to achieving a solid concert stage. Without proper lighting, the stage crew and stage performers might have difficulty finding their spots, and the atmosphere of the concert will be affected.
For optimal stage lighting, consider hiring a professional lighting company as part of the concert planning process. These professionals have the complete set of stage lights for you to choose from. You can pick the ones that’ll perfectly fit the ambiance that you want to achieve for your concert. Most importantly, they have the talent and skills to create stage lighting designs, which is essential, especially for pop concerts.
4. Organize The Sound System
The sound system isn’t only about the music for the concert. This includes gathering the microphones, speakers, headsets, amplifiers, and other audio equipment you may need throughout the concert. Before the show, it’s essential to test all these tools to see if they’re functional. You must also test the volume level of the microphone and speakers to see if the audio’s too loud or too soft for the audience.
5. Pay Attention To The Backstage Area
The backstage is still an important part of the concert stage so ensure you also pay attention to it. This is where the stage crew, band, and other performers gather around before they perform. Thus, ensure you dedicate enough space so everyone can move around and do their individual tasks before they go onstage.
6. Provide Enough Seating For The Audience
Your concert stage would be nothing without the audience. So, to ensure your target viewers will watch the entire concert, you must provide enough seating for the expected number of people. Plus, you need to ensure that their seats are strategically positioned so the viewers at the back can still have a good view of the stage.
7. Add Decoration
To complete the ensemble, you can decorate the stage depending on the ambiance you want to achieve. You may add banners, flags, flowers, or anything that will make the stage look more exciting and inviting for the audience.
Overall, setting up a solid concert stage may take time and intense preparation. But as long as you and your stage crew are on the same page, you can all work together to assemble a perfect stage for your event.
10 Amazing Marketing Strategies For Musicians To Focus On In 2022
Becoming a successful musician is one thing but promoting one in today’s digital world is another. According to Digital Music News, the top 1% of artists earn about 77% of the total earnings in the music industry. But one cannot miss the point of building a good online profile especially when everything today is connecting with others digitally.
From designing promotional campaigns to deciding where and whom to promote to, marketing plays a pivotal role in helping musicians progress. That is why having a complete idea of your promotional strategies is crucial for your music career.
Thankfully, we’ve compiled some of the best marketing strategies for upcoming musicians to consider. Based on tried and tested methods, these strategies will surely allow you to get great results, helping you leap forward in your journey. So, without further ado, let’s get started:
1. Use Streaming Services
According to stats, a staggering $12.4 billion (2021) increase in streaming revenue indicates an amazing opportunity for musicians to generate income as well as get promotional perks. But make sure your streaming is as good as your music quality. Recording, going live, or uploading your song (or video) will surely need a good setup and solid internet backup.
For the latter, we can surely recommend a formidable option i.e. Windstream. Using internet services from Windstream, you’ll be able to get things done without any hassle as well as get smooth online performance, helping you focus solely on growing your career. Just visit https://www.localcabledeals.com/windstream/ to find an optimal internet plan right away.
2. Launching a Website
Many artists don’t know but launching a website alongside your career is a great strategy for marketing. One doesn’t know when a website will be needed to sell merchandise, and instead of running after development later, get it in the first place.
Of course, it’s not needed almost immediately but having a website will allow you to launch your brand, upload videos, create a PR section, accept fan comments, and do so much more. There’s a lot a website can offer, and having one is definitely an option worth the while.
3. Keeping a Broad Audience Spectrum
Another important element that you should remember as a musician is your audience. From your current segment to your targeted and future segment, you should be foresighted about it. Stats show that companies that have invested in customer segmentation have gained 60% of insights into customer challenges and more than 100% understanding of customer intentions.
As a musician, it’s going to be easier for you since every genre has somewhat fan following that will surely hit you up when you launch yourself.
4. Create Cross-Platform Community
Yes, TikTok is a great platform for launching yourself but is it enough to make you famous? You need to do more than just upload reels on TikTok. According to a blog by AdRoll, companies with cross-channel communication can grab 89% of clientele more than those that don’t.
Even if you consider this for organizations, doing a cross-platform promotion will bring about a good number of fan following. Plus, it’ll increase the credibility of your account, and fans from different bases can follow you for updates wherever they like easily.
5. Organize Events
Don’t feel like performing on a stream? Go live! Creating events is a great way of engaging fans from a specific location. Even if it’s a local bar or an outdoor space that you just went to, performing live with your mesmerizing skills will surely build a firm foundation for growth.
Even if you’re not familiar with the audience of the area, you can simply share the event on your social profile, and let it go live while you tag the area/ location of your performance. It’ll surely generate a footprint, even if it’s small, for you to get noticed.
6. Perform Genre Specifically
A good way of engaging with your fans is picking your genre instead of shifting from one option to another. Yes, it’s productive and can help you progress further with the right audience too. In addition, you can find genre-specific concerts and events where you can perform too.
7. Launch a Blog
Blogs are immensely useful not only for engagement but for improving brand awareness too. Stats showed a 70% increase in brand awareness because of engagement received via blogs. We’ve already mentioned how creating a website will help improve online visibility.
Adding a blog will allow you to document your overall journey. It can also be used to create an inspiring journal, mentioning the background, overall journey, future inspirations and so much more.
8. Reach Out For Featured Posts
Though featured posts will cost you, still, getting a featured post will surely boost your online presence by miles. Particularly TikTok and Instagram, which are well-known for their huge following, are great places, to begin with.
The cost depends on the type of featured posts you’re going for. Contacting influencers, pages with immense followers/ traffic, pages with a huge number of follow-up links, etc. each has its own rates. You’ll have to comb through the options to find an optimal one.
9. Optimize YouTube Presence
With the platform, which has over 2 billion monthly users, you’ll be losing a lot if you don’t create and optimize your YouTube channel. It’ll be wrong to say that it shouldn’t be added to your campaign because it’s one of the core platforms to use for connecting online these days.
Plus, with time, you’ll be able to monetize your channel, which for those who don’t know, allows you to earn from $0.5 to $6 on average (1000 views per video)! Not to mention, you can run AdSense too!
10. Teach What You’ve Learned
The last thing you can do for connecting online for promotional purposes is to become a teacher. Inspire others to do the same and let them voice your ideas online. Connecting with them emotionally has been quite beneficial for companies and will do good for you too.
But make sure you’re versed with what you’re teaching. Only then your word and skills will be considered credible while improving engagement with like-minded people.
Well, this is it! Following these amazing marketing strategies, you’re sure to get a good start on your musical career. Though it’s not limited to just these, still, if you want to get started already, then follow these and make your way to progress!
Proposing To A Musician: 6 Tips You’ll Want To Consider
For many men, there’s nothing scarier than getting down on one knee and popping the question, “Will you marry me?”. This holds true even when you know the answer will be yes.
If you’re proposing to a music lover, these 6 tips will help you shake off the nerves.
1. Choose the Right Engagement Ring
Every woman has different likings when it comes to an engagement ring. For music lovers, consider something music-inspired. There are beautiful engagement rings that feature a treble clef or similar music symbols.
Also, find a way to determine your soon-to-be fiancee’s ring size. If there’s a ring she often wears (on her ring finger), take measurements. Asking a friend or family member for help will be of great help in trying to determine the size.
Once you have the style and ring size down, it’s time to pick up a quality ring from a trusted store like DOR in Auckland. And, of course, when you buy the ring, keep it hidden from your partner!
2. Consider a Guitar Serenade
Serenading a woman is the most romantic way to propose. And, if your special someone is a musician, this touch will be extra special. Make sure you choose a song that’ll touch her heart.
Moreover, when selecting the date to propose, make sure you choose a day on which both of you are free. You don’t want to schedule a proposal on the same day your partner has an important performance.
Further, invite a small group of friends and family to be a part of the proposal. Not letting your partner’s loved ones know about the proposal is a common mistake when proposing.
3. Choose an Appropriate Venue
With the date set, the next step is to pick a venue or location. Think of a romantic place that your partner will enjoy and appreciate. The location can be somewhere comfortable, like your living room, or somewhere more luxurious, like a beach.
By “appropriate,” we’re referring to a location where your loved one will feel safe and comfortable.
4. Find the Right Time
There will never be a perfect time to propose. However, musicians are busy, so make sure you choose a time that works for them. This will require some investigation on your end.
Further, if you’re considering proposing to a popular spot like the beach, go for a less busy time of day. The last thing you want is to propose in an overcrowded location filled with strangers.
5. Inform Her Parents
Perhaps the most important tip of them all… don’t forget to inform her parents! Asking someone to marry you is a large decision, and you want to make her parents aware.
While it’s not always necessary to seek permission from parents, it’s seen as a sign of respect to let them know what your intentions are. They’ll appreciate the gesture, and so will your partner.
Equally important, make sure to let your parents know as well.
6. Hire a Photographer
The day of the proposal should be memorable. Hiring a photographer or videographer to capture this moment is a great way to do this. You’ll have high-quality photos to cherish for the rest of your lives.
Alternatively, you can ask a close friend or family member to capture the event using a high-quality camera.
Just like a wedding, a proposal comes once in a lifetime. For this reason, don’t leave anything up to chance. For a successful proposal, use the tips above. The musician in your life will appreciate the thought that went into the planning. Best of luck!