Meet January’s Artists and DJs to Watch

Meet January’s Artists and DJs to Watch

If one of your resolutions was to make more music, this month’s roundup of standout talent might just inspire you to dive in. Our first class of 2020 DJs and Artists to Watch features musicians spanning the world, from a Cairo  DJ who’s schooling the next generation of female producers to a Brooklyn rapper who counts Jay-Z and his mom as influences. So whether it’s Berlin beats or tips on how to engage your community, you’ll find it all here.

If you don’t want to wait until month’s end for new music inspo, you can follow our Instagram and/or Twitter pages for weekly introductions to our Artists and DJs to Watch.

DJs to Watch

Aleja Sanchez

  • Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
  • Genres: Techno
  • Fun fact: Aleja spun at the first-ever Boiler Room to be streamed from Medellin, Colombia
  • Pro tip: Aleja uses similar themes across her cover art photographs to tie her projects together under a unified creative direction

DINA

  • Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
  • Genres: House and Techno
  • Fun fact: Has her own show “Boarding Gate” on n10.as radio
  • Pro tip: DINA uses SoundClouds Spotlight feature to keep her latest mix, EP, release and her radio show at the very top of her profile

Nightwave

  • Hometown: Cairo, Egypt
  • Genres: Acid House and Techno
  • Fun fact: Nightwave co-runs Producergirls, a free workshop in the UK that helps girls get into electronic music production
  • Pro tip: Nightwave lists her latest releases in her bio, another easy way to keep fans up to date with new music

Soela

  • Hometown: Berlin, Germany
  • Genres: Downtempo, Deep House and Techno
  • Fun fact: Soela was already an experienced pianist and vocalist before transitioning into electronic music 
  • Pro tip: Soela maintains an active relationship with her SoundCloud community, by leaving kind and thoughtful responses to commenters

Artists to Watch

Eloise

  • First upload: “You, Dear”
  • Hometown: London, UK
  • Influences: Carole King, Billy Joel and a “whole lot of jazz”
  • Fun fact: Eloise lived in Normandy, France until the age of 10 
  • Stream now: “Left Side” 

Medhane

  • First upload: “Everytime”
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, NY 
  • Influences: Jay Z, Erykah Badu and his mom
  • Fun fact: He likes eating alone at restaurants
  • Stream now: “Dolomeals”

object blue

  • First upload: “What Did I Have Then”
  • Hometown: London, UK
  • Influences: Bjork, Pan/Janus and Lesley Flanigan 
  • Fun fact: She used to see ghosts as a kid
  • Stream now: “Ecstasy of Saint Teresa” 

Nick Bonin

  • First upload: An instrumental he wanted to share with his friends
  • Hometown: Charlotte, NC
  • Influences: The Offspring, Amy Winehouse and Adele
  • Fun fact: He started producing hip-hop and EDM beats long before he decided to rap and sing
  • Stream now: “Abuse” 

These creators are part of our direct monetization program SoundCloud Premier, that gives rising talent direct-access to monetization and marketing opportunities on SoundCloud and beyond. It’s open to all eligible SoundCloud Pro subscribers, so if you’re interested in getting a look on our socials or making money from your music, you can join Pro to start growing your career today.