Planning on going to the 9th annual Treasure Island Musical Festival? Aside from bringing at least ten items of clothing for warmth, here are ten solo artists that have been on fire.
Father John Misty
Former Fleet Foxes drummer turned singer/songwriter, Joshua Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, has evolved into a satirists and spontaneous cover artists. After dropping a creepy rendition of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box” on Valentine’s Day, he covered a live acoustic version of Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” for CBC’s B.B. Gun Session for an intimate crowd in Canada and recently covered Ryan Adams’ cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 in the style of The Velvet Underground, quickly deleting it from the web in which he hoaxed the media by telling them it was because Lou Reed told him to in a dream.
Sunday @ Bridge 4:15-5:05 PM
The Argentinian singer/songwriter from Gothenburg, Sweden won people’s hearts with his version of The Knife’s “Heartbeats.” Influenced by Latin and Cuban folk rock and pop, González has trademarked a style by playing soft melodies on classical acoustic guitars with whispery vocals. With a new record, Vestiges and Claws, he will be sure to swoon the audience.
Sunday @ Bridge 2:45-3:30 PM
The Bay Area is no stranger to Cronin, who was born in Laguna Beach and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from the California Institute of the Arts. He’s not the typical singer/songwriter, writing upbeat indie pop rock songs while playing a multitude of instruments from the guitar, bass, saxophone and drums. Cronin released a new record titled MCIII this year and should bring some upbeat energy to the festival.
Sunday @ Bridge 1:20-2:00 PM
The 27-year-old producer from Norway continues to impress since his debut EP Mirror Maru dropped in 2012. His style inspired by early R&B and French Electro has elevated him to work with such artists as Ludacris, Miguel, Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz, and Kanye West, and was a featured artist and producer on Ariana Grande’s chart-topping 2014 album My Everything.
Saturday @ Tunnel 5:25-6:05 PM
Maybe the youngest performer as this years festival, 21 year old Las Vegas native Shamir Baily is on the rise since his EP Northtown was released in 2014, eventually releasing his first full length, Ratchet, this year. His sound is like LCD Soundsystem combined with a hint of Prince. A somewhat androgynous character, Shamir describes his voice as “Countertenor…it’s not feminine, it’s not masculine. It’s a happy medium.”
Saturday @ Tunnel 3:50-4:30 PM
Half of Animal Collective makes an appearance at Treasure Island as Noah Benjamin Lennox takes on his persona as Panda Bear. Supporting his fifth solo record, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Lennox hasn’t abandoned his signature sound, creating a swift tempo layered with abstract noises and high pitch chant like vocals.
Sunday @ Tunnel 8:30-9:15 PM
Vampire Weekend bassist, Chris Baio, tries his hand in producing his first solo record titled, The Names, released this year. The New York native incorporates a worldlier feel in his solo venture, experimenting with Greek Folk and Afrobeat, while still maintaining the fun frilled indie rock vibes of Vampire Weekend.
Saturday @ Tunnel 2:15-2:55 PM
Formerly Saint Pepsi, Ryan DeRobertis is a musician, producer and singer from Long Island, New York. His style is like a new wave indie electro funk, crossing traditional music boundaries to create cross genres dubbed as “vaporwave” and “disco pop.”
Saturday @ Bridge 12:00-12:45 PM
London born singer, songwriter, producer and dancer Tahliah Debrett Barnett started her artistic career as a backup dancer for Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, and Jessie J. She quickly gained musical attention for her debut album LP1, landing on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts at number 30. Her music, compared to Massive Attack or Bjork, is all about pace, starting subtly and slowly building layers into an intense climax.
Saturday @ Bridge 7:45-8:35
Joel Thomas Zimmerman makes his second appearance at Treasure Island Music Festival as Deadmau5. A veteran of progressive house music with seven albums under his belt, the masked man has been recognized at being one of the best at his craft with six Grammy nominations.
Saturday @ Bridge 9:25-10:55