Running the Trap: Four Undiscovered Artists


By Cody Duane-McGlashan

Recently, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has become a prominent part of teenage mainstream culture. Dubstep crept into the public eye a few years ago, but its appeal was short lived. Trap music seems to be growing in popularity, and perhaps it will soon replace dubstep or house as the most popular EDM sub-genre. Trap draws heavily on traditionally hip-hop sounds, and usually features fast paced snare drums, deep bass, and melodic synthesizer. Big names like Diplo, RL Grime, Flosstradamus and Baauer consistently receive millions of plays on their songs, but many smaller, yet still talented artists have fewer fans and followers on Facebook and SoundCloud and often occupy the bottom half of festival billboards. The following are some of my favorite trap artists with fewer than 50,000 followers on SoundCloud.

Dotcom (@dotcomestock)
Chris Comstock hails from Philadelphia, PA and has been making hard-hitting dubstep and trap since 2006. His style, filled with driving bass and loud synth, is not for everyone. He specializes in remixes, and looking at his choice of covers (Chief Keef’s “Hate Bein’ Sober,” “Type of Way” and “Clappers”) one can tell he wants fans to (literally) “turn up.”
Listen To: “Cashin’ Out” (Dotcom’s Festival Trap Remix)

MiMoSA (@tigranmimosa)
Originally from Oakland but working out of Los Angeles, MiMoSA has been making unusual and relaxing music for a while. Recently though, he has gravitated more towards the trap scene with his newest album “Future Trill Vol. 1,” which features far more faster paced, snare filled songs than previous works. However, his range of influences has stayed intact.
Listen To: “Faded”

Buku (@buku)
Despite the foreign-sounding name, Buku is a Pittsburgh, PA native. Most of his work is original (as opposed to remixes) and unlike many of the other artists on this list, he sells most of his music on iTunes. But there is something about almost all of his songs that cause your body to involuntarily twerk. His music features unusual electronic sounds and rapid snare along with distorted voices that are often repeated throughout a song. He seems to be gaining popularity and was recently featured on “Sway in the Morning.”
Listen To: “That Thang”

Andrew Luce (@andrewlucemusic)
Although he has fewer followers than the others on this list, 16-year-old Andrew Luce is arguably more talented. The San Francisco native first came onto the scene when he won a competition to perform at Snowglobe in Lake Tahoe, and has been tearing it up since. He almost exclusively produces remixes, ranging from an upbeat take on Wiz Khalifa’s “Work Hard, Play Hard” to a synth-filled remix of the Weekend’s “Drunk in Love” remix. He recently announced that he has joned the roster of Autonomous music.
Listen To: “Andre Nickatina Jelly (Andrew Luce Remix).”