The Artists, Event Series, & Music Blogs We Loved In 2016

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This year we published 1,116 blog posts, covered 58 live events, organized 6 events, and had visitors from 142 countries around the globe.

Not bad for our 1st year! Here are a just a few artists, event series, and music blogs we want to give some extra love to for inspiring us along the way, I leave you with a message that reminded me why art is liberation and like the amber of our humanity, keep creating, keep dreaming, keep telling your story.

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.” ― Carl Sagan


A. Sarr

We first met A.Sarr outside of Pianos when he jumped in front of the camera to join Tattoo Money’s interview, and the first thing out of his mouth was “Thank you for elevating us.” Although the track “Praying Hands” that he premiered on our site began in the hospital, it would up being one of my favorite premieres we did all year, it also was one of the most read articles we put out! Major love to a New York native and artist doing great things.






Zain Alam read the word diaspora and we connected immediately and thanks to him I reconnected with my own community of rising talents in the arts. Humeysha’s work has reached viral status on Spotify, touched so many brown millennial’s, and notably gained his project some incredible elevation from local rapper Heems and Star Wars actor Riz Ahmed aka MC Riz.

Elle Winston

 Elle Winston and I first met at Manhattan Inn which unexpectedly closed this year (RIP, 2016 you are a serial killer!) she’s just pure talent, really, her voice can soar for sure but there’s an emotional undercurrent that gives me chills each time. She recently sang the national anthem at Barclay’s and I think next year is going to be a big year for her.

Twig Twig

 Zubin really found a way to redefine electronica for me this year. His work called out to push labels aside and declare genre in its own image. It was a moment I sat back and really sat inside how the music made me feel on a visceral level. As I described it, “Seashell-toned Electronica” was a genre born in his image.

Oracle Room

 Alex Nelson is NOT Bjork’s celestial baby, but to me she could have been. Her band was an exemplar of immersive work, their live shows were a type of spiritual purging for me, backed with hours of dedication to their craft, it was mature musical language for the soul. Her music video debuting on our site was a big moment for us, and was our 5th most read blog post of the year.


Event Series

The Hum

The announcement that shocked many this year was Manhattan Inn closing, so the Hum series this October would than go on to be its last at the location that gave it life. Hypnocraft elevating women in music is certainly not going to end however, and we’re proud to announce we will be releasing an archive of the entire last series that we filmed on their behalf in 2017.  

C’mon Everybody

When it comes to the best in Afro futuristic, deep house, funk, soul and disco C’mon Everybody has been an shining example of ally-ship and community anchor-ship. From the legendary DJ’s to the DIY bands, no other programing this year has been as consistently exploratory, free to express, and fun as Bed-stuy’s new kid on the block. A great example of fostering communal art of disparate peoples with the intention of empowerment vs co-opting.

Music Blog

Smoothie Tunes

If working as agents of light and support for artists had an award I could give, I’d give it to Smoothie Tunes. In many ways they’re my sister soulmate, they show that the writers of the future are imbued with a deep sense of empathy for people, a social consciousness permeates their thoughts, and often manifests in the realm of music. We see you Smoothie Tunes, and we’re happy you have the courage and stamina to wake up everyday and try to make the world a better place with each blog post you write.


Consider a donation of any amount to Elevtr Trax! We are going into remission for January because I will be doing some organizing work in DC and then to New Orleans to finish writing a book i’ve been working on. We want to expand next year and will depend on a person based donation model. If you want more bands to have their first albums covered, first live HD-videos produced, or POC issues, LGBT artists voices amplified, and the grass roots supported on the picket line, we’re going to need your support! Thanks for giving us that in 2016, next year, in the words of Bernie, “the struggle continues.”

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