Two Artists to Watch at Spring Awakening – Boombox Cartel and Louis the Child
As a writer craving to cover as many festivals as possible this summer (while still holding onto a full time job), there are certain responsibilities. Writers create the feel of a movement, the hype for an artist, the love for a film, and the experience of a festival. Spring Awakening at Soldier Field in Chicago is a festival that doesn’t require hype, but some of the artists do deserve a little extra love.
My job has been to find the most unique, intriguing, and up-and-coming artists at Spring Awakening this year and tell festival-goers “that’s who to watch!”. However, while looking at the lineup, I found myself at a loss. I’d already seen or heard of about 60% of the entire ticket, and many of these artists have already toured the festival circuit. At what point is someone no longer up-and-coming? I decided to simply look at the smallest names on the lineup, pick something that sounded cool, check it out, and hope for the best. I picked out two names, Boombox Cartel and Louis the Child. Both names stood out as unique, but not over-the-top or hard to pronounce. After checking them out, I was sincerely excited to see both.
Mexico-born artists Americo Garcia and Jorge Medina a.k.a. Boombox Cartel are the perfect “dance your ass off and hop around” group. They’re based out of Minneapolis, and for those of you who have never been, Minneapolis is consistently colder than Anchorage, Alaska. This little fact might describe why their music is so hot! Often categorized as trap music, they have a familiar sound that they’ve made unique by mixing styles of big room, electro-house, and trap. Boombox Cartel made a real name for themselves when they took a famous Jesse quote from Breaking Bad (“Where’s my money, bitch?!”) and turned it into an awesome trap beat. Each song they release is vastly different from the last and Chicago should welcome them with open arms.
Named after a 10th century child king, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett aka Louis the Child blew me away with the first listen. Made popular by their song “All for You,” they have the ability to simply create. Producers in every right, they are an impossible group to categorize. Their music is more diverse than your average EDM artist. While “All for You” has an extremely chill and laid-back sound you can groove to, another jam, “Feeling of Life,” features rapper Mina Knock and sounds as if created by a completely different artist. I’m ecstatic to see what Louis the Child has in store for a live set at Spring Awakening. If anyone wants to hang, I’ll be front row.
So there you have it. These are my personal “that’s who to watch!” artists for Spring Awakening. So, go see them!