The pros and cons of how the Internet and digital music technology have revolutionized the music business will be debated for years to come. One thing is clear – while the support of a major record label will always be invaluable for up-and-coming artists, the goal of being signed to a major label is no longer a necessary step on the road to success.
These days, music fans are more likely to scour YouTube or other social media sites to discover new and exciting artists. Vintage Blue, Rachel Platten and Caitlin Rose are three artists who have already achieved various levels of success and are poised to make an even bigger splash in 2012.
Vintage Blue is a Chicago-based five-piece rock band that released its debut full-length record, Strike the Mics on Valentine’s Day. Featuring singer/lead guitarist Ben Bassett, singer/guitarist Ryan Tibbs, drummer Will Crowden, bassist Cesar Corral, and saxophonist/ keyboardist Matt Zimmerman, the group started as a Chicago cover band called Tanglewood. A few years ago the band decided to transition to an all original outfit, changed its name to Vintage Blue, and put its efforts into creating the album that would become Strike the Mics.