Hispanic Heritage month may have drawn to a close, but this niche genre deserves your attention year-round.
We all know about the bedroom pop explosion of the late 2010s that gave birth to an entirely new subgenre of music. Thanks to the increased popularity of streaming services, there was a newfound accessibility to stardom that transcended many of the barriers smaller artists face. It was around this time period when many Latinx indie and alternative artists got their big breaks.
Many of the up-and-coming artists in this genre, as well as those who have already established themselves as industry superstars, are in their late teens and early twenties, making their song lyrics especially relatable (read: lots of hormones and heartbreak).
Although the genre has long been dominated by western culture, many Latinx artists have successfully worked their way into the indie mainstream. In their music, they blend traditional Central and South American rhythms and sounds with modern beats to create a unique sound that’s captivating and refreshing.
These indie singers and musicians are cultivating a brand-new sound by capturing the distinctly blended experience of growing up Latinx in America. Through their art, they are reinventing the general public’s perception of indie music, shattering industry stereotypes and uplifting their community of color. In a way, introducing this fusion of sound is an act of artistic rebellion.
That being said…
Here are five Latinx indie artists who deserve a spot on your Spotify or Apple Music fall playlists.