Tiktok Artists to Lookout for
Since Tiktok is NOT being banned in the U.S. (yet) I figure this is as good a time as any to let you know about artists that either started there or gained a significant following after years of not popping off. I predict that even if the fate of the dancing app turns sour, these artists will have careers that will outlive the platform. I hope to turn this into a semi-regular series.
Up first is Dominique, the New York based singer went absolutely viral with her clapback-turned-song “Girls Can’t Produce.” What started as a tongue-in-cheek response to a sexist comment, snowballed into 2.6 million plays. Capitalizing on that momentum, Dominique funneled her newfound audience to her catalog that stretches back to 2014.
The mastery displayed in this video allowed her to silence sexist internet trolls, at least for a little while. I cannot imagine being the person responsible for inspiring such a banger.
Moving right along with women in the music industry, Crimson Apple is an all-female band originally from Hawaii, now based in LA, I also need to mention that they are all sisters.
The band released their first album in 2018 but before that, they were hired to play at Disneyland regularly. Performing live is nothing new to these girls, but the real challenge started when the pandemic hit. Suddenly there were no more opportunities for touring, no local shows play, so what did they do? Ramp-up their online presence. They have managed to amylase over 1.4 million followers on Tiktok in the last nine months.
Their style ranges from Alt/Indie to K-pop/J-pop vibes. Their latest release, “Break Your Heart Worse” is a brilliant introduction to the sisters.
This classic rock music video is spliced with break-up imagery. I hope to see more from this group soon.
The last artist I’d like to feature blends Indie-folk vibes and sounds with Bedroom Pop aesthetics. Joseph Dubay, a South Carolina native has managed to cultivate the most exquisite goblin energy on his Tiktok account.
His chaos isn’t completely without direction, however. Dubay likes to have a good time and shares funny and sad stories from his early life. His most popular song “Loser Boy” details his experience with sexual assault, and his journey to recovery thereafter.
His latest release “Mostly Dead” is a love letter to the Alt/Indie genre. Seriously, it has been on my repeat in my current playlist rotations.
If Titok manages to stick around for at least a few more months, I promise to spend more time finding diamonds in the see of dancing accounts.
Victor Rodriguez is a student-journalist who has bounced around multiple publications and is currently setting up shop here at Traklife. He is the winner of a few awards, including first place in Critical Review from the JACC. His first CD was the soundtrack to the Lizzie McGuire movie. His second? My Chemical Romance. He spends a lot of time thinking about the titles of books he’ll never write.