by Helen Schultz
Emerson may not be a music school, but watch out Berklee – some of the most promising artists on the music scene today are Emersonians. Here are four acts to watch that got their start on Tremont and Boylston.
Before they were playing the Agganis Arena, Passion Pit’s mixtape Chunk of Change was passing from hand to hand on the Emerson campus. Their leader singer, Michael Angelakos, had written the EP for his girlfriend at the time. Included? The now hit single “Sleepyhead,” a slightly creepy, slightly dreamy, totally dance-y earworm that took over the airwaves when their debut album, Manners, dropped. Still going strong, Passion Pit released their second album Gossamer this summer.
FOR FANS OF: MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Friendly Fires
CHECK IT OUT: “Sylvia” from the album Gossamer
Question: Have you ever heard of Adam Green? Answer: If you’ve seen Juno, you’ve heard his stuff. The Emerson college attendee (he dropped out after one semester in 1998 to work on his career full-time) is one-half of the band The Moldy Peaches. The band penned the tuner “Anyone Else But You,” the unconventional love song sung by Ellen Page and Michael Cera in the indie smash. Green headed the anti-folk band with Kimya Dawson until 2004; now, he’s headed off on his own career. Green recently released a sixth solo album, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro.
FOR FANS OF: Mewithoutyou, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Kate Nash
CHECK IT OUT: “Jessica” from the album Friends of Mine
Eric Hutchinson’s music instantly brings to mind summer nights and road trips in the sun, so it might come as a surprise that the singer-songwriter spent his college days trudging through the snow on Boylston. After getting his degree in film, Hutchinson released his first album Sounds Like This. Since then, he’s been all-over the world touring: he’s worked with artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, and One Republic and made fans of the likes of David Letterman and Perez Hilton.
FOR FANS OF: Matt Nathanson, Mat Kearney, Amos Lee
CHECK IT OUT: “Oh!” from the album Sounds Like This
Morgan Page is one of the hottest DJs and producers in the world. The former WERS DJ is now snagging Grammy nominations. Page has remixed for the likes of Regina Spektor, Tegan and Sara, and The Submarines and he released his newest album In the Air last May.
FOR FANS OF: David Guetta, Tiesto, Deadmau5
CHECK IT OUT: “Body Work” featuring Tegan & Sara