Hello world, this is JE and this is my first ever online music review.
Before we dive into the review allow me to briefly introduce my taste in music: I play the guitar (acoustic and electric), flute and ukulele and am a fan of pretty much anything that is old (mid-nineties and before: Elvis, the Bee Gees, Carpenters etc.), heavy (anything from Aerosmith-heavy to Cannibal Corpse-heavy) or driven by any of the instruments I play (James Galway, Greg Pattillo, John Petrucci etc.).
Here in this review I am going to share five Youtube artists that simply don't get enough credit for their skill, musicality and video production. My benchmark: if 'Baby' is able to garner one hundred million views, so should any half-decent song/artist.
1. Oliver Mochmann
Mochmann is a German multi-instrumentalist (flute, guitar and more) who mainly performs jazz and funk pieces. His nuanced musicality combined with his slick video and audio production makes for worthwhile viewing. Below is a video of his song 'Bietribschluss', a 'chill' smooth-jazz piece with understated yet stylish percussive guitar.
2. Sid Sriram
This American singer of Indian heritage can really hold a tune, as seen and heard in the video below (his rendition of the classic Beatles tune 'Yesterday'). His singing style is a testament to his culture and upbringing (as a child he practiced the Indian Carnatic vocal style), and he plays a mean piano as well. He already has a few originals such as 'Limitless', which are worth checking out as well.
3. Muris Varajic
Truth be told, I have a soft spot for artists who draw from their culture and ethnicity to enhance the aural experiences of their fans and listeners, and Muris Varajic - possibly one of the top twenty electric guitarists alive right now - does so frequently yet tastefully, as seen in the piece 'Final Dance'. Combining Western rock and jazz with ethnic Bosnian music, Varajic has been churning out masterpiece after masterpiece for a while.
4. Christophe Godin
A legitimate guitar virtuoso and a thoroughly entertaining performer, Godin has flown under the mainstream radar for a good two or three decades now - a shame, considering that the stuff he comes up with right on the spot beats 99% of the polished, heavily-produced stuff on today's radio. The video below is testament to both his improvisational skill and his capability as a live act.
Hope you people find the aforementioned artists entertaining and enjoyable to listen to :)