The Blog Sound of 2015 poll aims to showcase some of the best new emerging artists. However, unlike the ubiquitous BBC Sound Of... poll, the artists nominated aren’t picked just by industry experts. Instead they’re voted for by music bloggers, a small number of whom may work in the music industry, but the majority of which are just hardcore fans who write their blogs because of their genuine passion for music, normally with no financial incentive to do so.
This poll is not about picking acts who bloggers think will be famous. The bloggers involved are asked to vote for their favourite acts, irrespective of chances of commercial success.
How The Voting Worked
This year the Blog Sound of 2015 poll canvassed 62 UK music blogs in November 2014, the most ever since its 2011 start. It asked each one to pick its 3 favourite emerging artists and rank them in order of preference. In total 148 artists received at least 1 vote, showing the diversity of bloggers' tastes. The acts scored 3, 2 and 1 points respectively. The bloggers could choose any artist they wanted, providing the artist had not had a top 40 hit (including as a collaborator on a song) by the time voting started and that they weren’t related to or have any financial interest in any artist they selected. Where 2 artists tied on the same number of points, the artist with the most first place votes was ranked higher. The 15 acts which received the most points formed this year's longlist.
The act who gained the most amount of points in the poll will be announced on January 2nd 2015.
The Full Blog Sound of 2015 Longlist (In alphabetical order)
All We Are
It goes without saying that The Metaphorical Boat is absolutely delighted to see one of our nominees, Derry's own Soak selected as the one of the hive mind's most promising artists for 2015. Having seen her grow from strength to strength for years, having first featured her on the blog way back in 2012 (and given her our vote for the Blog Sound of 2013 two years ago) , it's great that the rest of the UK blogosphere has finally woken up to her. She's also the first Northern Irish artist to make the Blog Sound Of... since its inception in 2011, so it's doubly wonderful to see her pop up here.
Elsewhere, we're also pleased to see Scottish electro-poppers Prides make the list after becoming smitten with them last year, as well as Brighton's Fickle Friends, who must definitely be front runners for most blogged about new artist of 2014. And although we hadn't heard much of their music beforehand, we've had the wonderful indie-poppers Flyte playing on repeat since they made the longlist, and we'll definitely be keeping tabs on them in particular in 2015.
It's still disappointing that (to the best of our knowledge) The Metaphorical Boat was the only Northern Ireland based music blog to contribute to this year's list, but as always, it's always a pleasure to be involved with this wonderful process. Fingers crossed that all 15 nominated artists have a most excellent 2015.
The Blogs That Participated In This Year's Poll:
17 Seconds, A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, A World Of Music And Madness, Across The Kitchen Table, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Beat2aChord, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Bratfaced LDN, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Daisy Digital, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Echoes and Dust, Electronic Rumors, Even The Stars, Everything Flows, Getintothis, God Is In The TV, Hearty Vibes, Hitsville UK, I Love Pie, Just Music That I Like, Kemptation, Like 1999, Lipstick Disco, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Day By Day Music, Never Enough Notes, Not Many Experts, Notes For A Road Sign, One Album A Week, Popped Music, Queen Beetch, Rave Child, Scientists Of Sound, Some Of It Is True, Song By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sound Of Now Music, Spectral Nights, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening's Empire, The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Paper Penguins, This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Three Beams, Too Many Blogs, The VPME, What If I Had A Music Blog,