Independent Artists

Is The NFT Market a New Frontier for Independent Artists or Just Another Tech Bubble?

Here is everything you need to know about the NFT boom and why blockchain-minted art is probably here to stay,… Read More

May 27, 2021

10 Independent Artists to Support on Bandcamp Friday (March 2021)

This month's Bandcamp Friday selection of independent artists include anime-and-J Dilla-obsessed beatmakers, airy and layered R&B mavens, and so much… Read More

March 5, 2021

SoundCloud Will Now Pay Streaming Royalties Directly to Indie Artists

SoundCloud CEO Michael Weissman released a statement on the new changes. On Tuesday, SoundCloud announced a new "fan-powered" royalty system… Read More

March 2, 2021

10 Independent Artists to Support on Bandcamp Friday (February 2021)

After a month off, Bandcamp Friday returns to aid working-class independent artists still reeling from the loss of live music… Read More

February 5, 2021

Brooklyn Rapper Kota The Friend is Manifesting His Best Life Yet on His New Album ‘Everything’

Kota The Friend spoke to Okayplayer about pre-gentrified Brooklyn, completing his new album Everything under quarantine, and his hope-heavy presence… Read More

May 22, 2020

In His Own Words: How MC Tree Quietly Reigned In 2019

Following the strongest year of his career, we connected with MC Tree to talk about his impetus for art, dealings… Read More

January 2, 2020

Ten Independent Rap Songs You Should Hear Right Now

A compilation of recent songs from the best independent rappers in music. Last month, Okayplayer crafted a comprehensive guide to… Read More

June 10, 2019

In His Own Words: How Roc Marciano Independently Released Three of the Best Rap Albums of 2018

In a span of a year, Roc Marciano dropped: R2: The Bitter Dose, Behold a Dark Horse, and Kaos with… Read More

December 12, 2018

Spotify Will Now Let Artists Upload Music Directly, Bypassing Labels and Distributors

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Spotify (@spotify) on Sep 14, 2018 at 10:29am PDT… Read More

September 20, 2018

“It’s All Coming Out of My Own Pocket” Sylvan Lacue Details the Everyday Grind of Being an Independent Artist

Sylvan Lacue shares his journey as an independent artist: He talks about the good times, the bad times, the broke… Read More

July 25, 2018