MD | NYC: Artist Community Takes CMJ By Storm 554 words · 3 minute read

A benchmark for emerging music and trends, CMJ Music Marathon is an annual music event that spans the boroughs of New York City. For one week, the clubs, venues, and studios become hubs of indie hustle and hundreds of artists and fans pave the already packed streets. To perform during CMJ is not only an opportunity to play in the nation’s most iconic city – it validates the position of the artist as a true artist on the make, and we’re so proud of all of our MD artists who earned the chance to rock their jams at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon.

Hailing from all walks of life and sporting sounds of all genres, these artists spiced up the stages of NYC with their distinctive hustle and represented the MD artist community with a flourish. If you weren’t lucky enough to wander the streets of the Big Apple last week to catch all of the acts, experience the journey here through the tweets and posts from our artists themselves.

Synth Pop with Electronic Sounds

The blend of haunting instrumentals and dreamy vocals birthed a new form of synth pop, a genre that many brands use to connect to their millennial consumers, especially app developers and electronics providers. Members of the Music Dealers artist community in the synth pop genre who played CMJ 2015 include Glass Lux (Synth Pop), Lilly Wolfe (Indie Electro Pop), AyOH (Pop Rock), Smoke Season (Indie Electronic Pop), and October 2015 Artist of the Month, Young Empires (Indie Electro Rock).

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Young Empires loading up in preparation for CMJ 2015

Smoke Season ready to gig at CMJ 2015

Indie Rock with Melodious Pop

Rock ‘n’ Roll comes in many new forms, as CMJ’s lineup of indie rock artists shows. From classic riffs that build to infectious beats that pulse, rock songs help capture and hold the attention of your commercial audience. Music Dealers artists performing at CMJ include Lazyeyes (Shoegaze Pop Rock), Marina City (Aggressive Pop Rock), Stone Cold Fox (Indie Folk Rock), The Ivorys (Dancy Indie Rock), The Magnettes (Indie Pop Rock), and Microwave (Punk Rock)

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Marina City killing their set at CMJ 2015

Stone Cold Fox @ The Wild Honey Pie for CMJ 2015

Folk Pop and Blues Rock

Beloved by consumers of all demographics, folk pop and blues rock communicate authentic sentiments to consumers and are often used by family-friendly brands to target Gen-Xers and Millennial parents. Folk and blues Music Dealers artists at CMJ include North by North (Alt Blues Rock), The Future Laureates (Folk Pop), Hunter & The Bear (Country Rock), and Matt Sucich (Americana, Singer-songwriter).

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Matt Sucich putting it down at #cmjrockwood

Hunter & The Bear at Rockwood Music Hall CMJ 2015


Fifteen big ups to these fantastic artists whose talent graced the various stages of CMJ. Keep your eyes and ears open for more artist showcases. Each one bolsters the artist’s fanbase and increases their social hotness in the minds of your consumers. Don’t miss out on your chance to partner with an artist on the make while the iron is hot.

By: Zach Miller, Music Dealers

Photos via the Facebook pages of

Hunter & The Bear 

Matt Sucich 

Stone Cold Fox 

Marina City 

Smoke Season 

Young Empires