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Denise Chaila, CMAT, Kojaque and Pillow Queens included on 100 Independent Artists to Watch list

Denise Chaila, CMAT, Kojaque and Pillow Queens included on 100 Independent Artists to Watch list

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Four Irish artists have been included in a 100 Independent Artists to Watch list, a new initiative for Europe run by IMPALA, the European organisation for independent music companies and national associations.

Four artists very familiar to Irish music fans – CMAT, Denise Chaila, Kojaque and Pillow Queens.

The 100 Artists to Watch is designed to highlight artists at different stages in their career and was curated by IMPALA’s members, including AIM Ireland, and its broader network.

Members were free to propose artists based on various factors such as diversity and innovation, as well as commercial success.


A Youtube playlist of all 100 acts is here, and the list is below.

100 Artists to Watch (by alphabetical order by artist/record label/country):

  • /A\ – Hummus records – Switzerland
  • 21 vek – Password Production – North Macedonia
  • A Garota Não – Self-released – Portugal
  • AJ Tracey – Revenge Records – The UK
  • Alejas – Self-released – Latvia
  • Amelie Siba – Self-released /Teargarten distributed by Warner – Czech Republic
  • Annet X – Self-released – Czech Republic
  • Arlo Parks – Transgressive Records – The UK
  • Bad Daughter – LAA – Croatia
  • Balstyrko – Fake Diamonds Records – Denmark
  • Besides – Self-released – Poland
  • Blanks – Excited About Music – The Netherlands
  • Blind Channel – BloodBros Oy under exclusive licence to Century Media Records Ltd – Finland
  • Brodka – PIAS recordings – Poland
  • Buč Kesidi – Kontra – Serbia
  • Camille – CNR Records – Belgium
  • Cem Adrian – PASAJ & GARAJ distributed by Sony – Turkey
  • Circus Mircus – Stockton Records – Georgia
  • CMAT – CMATBABY under exclusive licence to AWAL – Ireland
  • Coez – Carosello Records – Italy
  • Coma Cose – Asian Fake – Italy
  • Danger Dan – Antilopen Geldwäsche – Germany
  • Denise Chaila – Narolane – Ireland
  • Dubioza kolektiv – Menart – Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • Eesah Yasuke – Banzaï Lab – France
  • El Kanka – A Volar Music – Spain
  • Erekle Getsadze – FEB15TH – Georgia
  • Evelinn Trouble – Evelinn Trouble/Mouthwatering records – Switzerland
  • Ezhel – Koal Arts / Noah’s Ark – Turkey
  • Ferran Palau – Hiddentrack records – Spain
  • Florence Arman – Self-released distributed by AWAL – Austria
  • FO SHO – Best Music LLC – Ukraine
  • good job nicky – Cobalt Music Helladisc – Greece
  • Gurt [O] – Masterskaya – Ukraine
  • Hellwana – Ty Nikdy Label distributed by Warner – Czech Republic
  • Hilma Nikolaisen – Self-released under licence to Fysisk Format – Norway
  • Ifi Ude – Self-released – Poland
  • Jesse Markin – Jesse Markin under exclusive licence to VILD Music Oy – Finland
  • Kabloonak – Tilto Namai – Lithuania
  • Karmento – El Tragaluz Records – Spain
  • Kira Skov – Stunt Records/Sundance Records – Denmark
  • Koala Voice – Nika Records – Slovenia
  • KOIKOI – Moonlee Records – Serbia
  • Kojaque – Soft Boy Records under licence to PIAS – Ireland
  • L’impératrice – Microqlima – France
  • La Rappresentante di Lista – Woodworm Music – Italy
  • Lelee – Moonlee Records – Slovenia
  • Linda Fredriksson – We Jazz – Finland
  • Linn Koch-Emmery – Boys Tears – Sweden
  • Little Simz – Age 101 under licence to AWAL – The UK
  • Love ‘n’ Joy – Self-released – Ukraine
  • Lucia – Overground Music – Romania
  • Maan – 8ball Music – The Netherlands
  • MAD (Mars and Daemons) – Self-released – Romania
  • Madame – Sugar – Italy
  • Marčelo – Lampshade Media – Serbia
  • Marja Mortensson – VEADTA – Norway
  • Mart Hoogkamer – NRGY Music – The Netherlands
  • Masha Qrella – Staatsakt Rec. GmbH – Germany
  • Mavi Phoenix – LLT Records – Austria
  • Maxida Märak – Snafu Records – Sweden
  • Melek Mosso – Piu Sound / Kalan Muzik – Turkey
  • Miguel Araújo – Estúdio Chiu – Portugal
  • Mira Lu Kovacs – Play Dead Records – Austria
  • Mr.Lee & IvaneSky – Dallas Records – Croatia
  • Muthoni Drummer Queen – Irascible Music / Yotanka Records – Switzerland
  • Namasenda – PC Music – Sweden
  • Nekromantheon – INDIE RECORDINGS – Norway
  • Nesen – Self-released – Latvia
  • Nicu Alifantis – Alifantismusic – Romania
  • Nivva – Bad Names Records – Czech Republic
  • Noga Erez – City Slang – Germany
  • Nova Twins – Marshall Records – The UK
  • Nunki Bay Starship – Grapefruit Moon Records – Hungary
  • O Gajo – Rastilho Records – Portugal
  • Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp – Bongo Joe Records – Switzerland
  • Orelsan – Wagram Music – France
  • Pillow Queens – Self-released – Ireland
  • Rina Sawayama – Dirty Hit Records – The UK
  • Savages y Suefo – Mana Mana Records – Hungary
  • School of X – Tambourhinoceros – Denmark
  • SEIVA – Repasseado – Portugal
  • Sharktank – Ink Music – Austria
  • Siri Neel – Empress Music – Denmark
  • Smith & Thell – Playground Music Scandinavia – Sweden
  • Snelle – ROQ ‘N Rolla Music – The Netherlands
  • Sofia Portanet – Duchess Box Records – Germany
  • Stoned Hedge – Password Production – North Macedonia
  • Suistamon Sähkö – Nordic Notes – Finland
  • SYNONYMS – Pluto Sound – Hungary
  • TAMADA – Souq Records – Georgia
  • The Liminanas and Laurent Garnier – Because Music – France
  • Urban & 4 – Croatia Records – Croatia
  • Vianney – Tôt ou tard – France
  • Voodoocat – Hebra Records – Belgium
  • Whispering Sons – PIAS Recordings – Belgium
  • Woodstock Barbie – NOW Books & Music – Hungary
  • Ykons – Blue Milk/T4A / Check Check Productions – Belgium
  • Yüksek Sadakat – Doğan Müzik Yapım – Turkey
  • Zahara – G.O.Z.Z. RECORDS – Spain

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