Westkorea is midwestern synth pop straight from the vein of the Eau Claire independent music scene. As cold as the winter air here in Eau Claire, his lyrics reflect on issues faced by many young adults today, such as addiction, mental illness and reconciliation with past traumas, over a sonorous combination of different sounds both cacophonous and peaceful.
WayWard is a hip hop group based out of Eau Claire Wi. consisting of 4 members (BluePauly2, Fathom, Alyssa, & Mr. Pizzy) combining their blend of hip hop and folkish elements. WayWards amazing wordplay, incredible rhyme schemes, beautiful singing, and brilliant songs, are created all from the most natural of places.
Hailing from Central Wisconsin, Travis Lee is a vocalist, musician, and songwriter who has crafted a one-of-a-kind sound. Rooted in soul, funk, and hip-hop, he has found a unique way of reviving familiar tunes into something brand new. His performances vary from a solo act up to a 5 piece band of rotating musicians, which gives each live set a distinctive energy. Give him a listen on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming services, or check out his website at TravisLeeMusiq.com for the videos, the latest updates, and more.
Past & The Present is a band from Eau Claire, WI, whose music has been described as an incandescent, mesmerizing, slightly psychedelic blend of catchy pop melodies and moody, modernized torch songs. It consists of Larry Past on acoustic guitar and vocals, Anastasia Vishnevsky on guitar and vocals, Chris Andresen on Bass and Vocals and Eric C. Thompson on synth, percussion and vocals.
Wisconsin Alt-Hip-Hop artist TeawhYB doesn’t curse on songs, doesn’t glorify drug use or violence, is antimisogynistic, won’t overly sexualize, and uses gender-fluid lyrics. Turned off? Wait until you listen to the intimate and palatable mainstream voice of the gay-identifying artist taking the Midwest music scene by storm.
With a left-field approach and filtering out everything that seems to make rappers famous, TeawhYB is not for the close-minded and is a brand for the next generation of hip-hop culture.
“My approach to music is not a knock-on the artistry of others,” says TeawhYB, “this is a personal choice, limiting in a sense, but spiritually what I feel is right. I’m in the future. You’re not going to crucify me 10 years from now for saying something that doesn’t stand the test of time.”
In the summer of 2018 Kevin Horstlman parted ways with the cowpunk band The Ditchrunners. He had some songs that he needed recorded so he contacted his cousin Brent K from Giants of Midgard to do so. The songs got stuck in Brent’s head and he let Kevin know this. Kevin wanted a band to back him on those songs so Brent went digging around to see who was available. Brad Hanson, the drummer from Picard and No Loving Place was interested so they started jamming together. In the fall of 2018, the search for a bass player began and they found former Travisty member Andy Furler to do the job. They started rehearsing and made their debut at the 40th Decadent Cabaret. The 3 metal heads and the outlaw country/blue grass punk are now cranking out honky tonk -n- roll for the masses of northern Wisconsin and the rest of the nation.
Born on opposite ends of the country, Seth Gamble and Kayla Zoltak eventually met their destiny to create the duo known as Olive Sings. Hailing from beautiful Chippewa Falls, WI, Olive Sings brings a fresh take on classic Fcolk and Americana sounds and blending harmonies with a guitar, fiddle, suitcase drum, and a dream.
Seth and Kayla have both eaten, slept, breathed, and loved music since they came out screamin’, and their individual love for it fueled the need to perform at early ages. Olive Sings has been fortunate enough to share the stage with bands such as Jeff Austin Band, Dead Horses, and Evergreen Grass Band.
Anastasia Vishnevsky is a vocalist and guitarist producing music under the project name “Manifest.” Stasia is currently performing and recording with Larry Past’s “Past & The Present.” She’s an audiobook narrator for Audible, and a guided meditation narrator for Insight Timer. She also provides media/marketing/PR coordination for local artists and events. Stasia is a certified life coach, with a focus on therapeutic art.
Aliana Sigala, better known by her stage name Naalia, is an Afro-Latina American artist influenced by Gospel, R&B, Latino Soul, and Contemporary Pop. Though for most of her life Naalia lived in her hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she also resided in California, and Barron, WI. It was in those times she struggled to discover her identity, a main theme explored throughout her work. Produced by her younger brother Sergio Sigala, they work in tandem to create music that relates to people on both an emotional and philosophical level. Naalia’s music is written with the intent of being more than just music, more than just a feeling, but a place people can go to to find answers in a world of confusion. With smooth guitar chords, funky bass notes, impactful drums, and a soulful voice coated over all of it, the introspective music is anything but melancholic, and will leave you hopeful by the end.