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Love this popular artist? Listen to this underground artist

Jess Ingham and Charli Davis



What are Underground artists?

Simply put, an underground artist is a musician who hasn’t yet achieved mainstream fame. They could be far into their career or just starting out. They usually have a small, local fan base and are very underrated.


Why should you listen to underground artists?

While they may not have sold out stadiums and chart topping hits, listening to underground artists will expand your music tastes. You can learn about styles you have never even heard of and support young artists who could be the next Justin Bieber and started right here in Sydney. (For example, global sensation The Kid Laroi was an undiscovered rapper before triple j unearthed spread his music.) Plus, you can gate-keep these artists when they blow up!


Why did we choose each of these underground artists?

We classified an artist as underground if they had very close to or less than 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify. They needed to be reasonably early in their career or still releasing music often and, of course, they needed to be good! (Or have potential)


(Disclaimer: Not all of these underground artists sound exactly like their famous counterparts, they also have their own original spin.)


Rap/Hip Hop


Famous Artist: Kendrick Lamar



Underground Artist: Jerome Farah



Jerome Farah in an Australian rapper who started his career through co-writing and co-producing ‘Waiting’ with Kian before releasing his first single in 2020.


Listen to his song ‘Concrete Jungle Fever’

Jerome Farah | Spotify


Famous Artist: Cardi B



Underground Artist: Leikeli47



Leikeli47 is a hip hop and rap music artist. She released her second full length album in 2018. She is known for concealing identity, as she has not released anything about her age or face.


Listen to her song ‘Money’

Leikeli47 | Spotify


Pop


Famous Artist: Dua Lipa



Underground Artist: Elle Murphy



Based in Melbourne, Australia, Elle Murphy makes pop, dance and soul music. She released her first song in 2021.


Listen to her song ‘Beautiful Sensitive Boy’

Elle Murphy | Spotify


Famous Artist: Shawn Mendes



Underground Artist: Caleb Hearn



Caleb Hearn is from North Carolina and released his first song in 2021.


Listen to his song ‘Brown eyes, Brown Hair’

Caleb Hearn | Spotify

Famous Artist: Olivia Rodrigo



Underground Artist: Carobae



Caroline Baker is the real name for Carobae. She sings soft pop, electric elements and dance music.


Listen to her song ‘I don’t miss u.'

Carobae | Spotify


Famous Artist: Selena Gomez (but a more electronic version)



Underground Artist: CXLOE



She is a 27-year-old singer / songwriter from Sydney. She debuted with her single in 2016 and makes dark pop and electronic music.


Listen to her song ‘New Trick’

CXLOE | Spotify


Indie Artists


Famous artist: Lime Cordiale



Underground artist: The Rions



They are from the Northern Beaches in Sydney. They have been producing music since 2016 and won the Triple j Unearthed award for artists of the year in 2021.


Listen to their song ‘Night Light’

Night Light | Spotify


Famous Artist: Tame Impala



Underground Artist: Great Gable



The Great Gable is an Australian indie rock band from Western Australia that was formed in 2014. The band consists of 4 members: Alex Whiteman, Matt Preen, Chris Bye, Callum Guy.


Listen to their song ‘Drift’

Great Gable | Spotify



Unique Artists

They don’t sound like anyone, but deserve more hype…


Cat & Calmell


Cat who is 20 years old was born and grew up in China before moving to Sydney as a teenager. When Cat was about 15 she met Calmell who was born and raised in Sydney, and together they joined after school programs to develop their singing skills.


Listen to their song ‘dramatic’ - sounds a little like an upbeat Billie Eilish song.

Cat & Calmell | Spotify


Lily Papas



Lily papas was born in Melbourne but raised on the gold coast is a singer-songwriter who has been singing since she was 8 years old.


Lily Papas | Spotify


Want to listen to more underground artists?

Tune in to triple j’s unearthed radio station on the website or on their app. They play new music every day from submissions to their website. Emerging artists can also be found on SoundCloud and Spotify playlists, such as your personal ‘Discover Weekly’.



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