Here at UU, we pride ourselves on our love of music and looking for the best new talent. Each week we'll post about some new artists, which we think should make your playlists. And if you feel like we've missed anyone, drop a comment below or tweet us @universityunion!
Lil Xan aka Diego
Out of all the artists that include “Lil” in their names, Diego Leanos, also known as Lil Xan, is one that recently emerged as a fresh face in the industry at the young age of twenty-one. Although Lil Xan recently announced a desire to change his stage name to “Diego”, the Mexican-American rapper took on his current stage name as a way to advocate against the usage of the drug and drugs altogether, having been previously addicted to Xanax in his past. After dropping out of high school freshman year, Lil Xan pursued his passion for rapping through online mediums such as Soundcloud and Youtube before releasing his breakout single “Betrayed” in 2017, which in contrast to many other rap songs, speaks out against drug abuse. Its calm instrumental serves as the perfectly-tailored background for the solemnity of its addictive chorus. After signing with Columbia Records, Lil Xan is expected to release his debut album in March titled Total Xanarchy.
You might know her as Velma from the Scooby-Doo film franchise or the rebellious teen from Lemonade Mouth, but Hayley Kiyoko is no stranger to the music scene. Kiyoko released her upbeat debut EP, A Belle to Remember, in 2013 and illustrated her talents for a category of pop music that utilizes a unique collaboration of various synthesized sounds reminiscent of music from the ‘80s. Her following EP, This Side of Paradise, gained her further recognition as a singer/songwriter due to the single “Girls Like Girls” which became popular due to its music video for its LGBT message. Taking on a psychedelic and ethereal color to her songs, Kiyoko proves to be an artist to take notice of.
Fresh from the release of his debut album vertigo, EDEN once more captivates his listeners with an alluring yet rough voice. His previous EPs such as End Credits and I think you think too much of me, has shown his musicality in prose-like lyrics that describes his life experiences. The twenty-one-years old Dublin artist is fearless when it comes to experimenting with various types of sounds, ranging from an acoustic guitar to synthesized beats. In his most recent release of his debut album vertigo, EDEN stays true to this distinctive tone, one that he crafted to make his own, as he sings honestly and candidly.