There are constantly musicians that have a profound impact on the industry, as they set the path alight for others to follow in their footsteps and take it to a new level. That has been a common trend throughout the history of the British music scene, with genres such as grime and hip-hop thriving from the paths that have been taken by musicians in the past. But, which artists have had a profound impact on the music that we hear in this modern-day?
One of the biggest changes in the music industry over the past ten years has been the growth of grime music into the mainstream. Artists like Stormzy have been able to take it to the next level, but that may have not been the case had it now been for the success that Wiley achieved.
He describes himself as the ‘Godfather of Grime,’ and there aren’t too many people that could seriously question that tag. Wiley has been active in the scene since his teenage years, and grew to mainstream success with releases such as ‘Wearing My Rolex’ and ‘Heatwave.’ Wiley achieved six top ten UK Chart entries between 2008 and 2013, and is constantly regarded as an inspiration by artists such as Skepta and JME.
The Streets broke new ground in terms of grime and garage music, as it instantly became a genre of music that would appeal to the masses after the release of their debut album ‘Original Pirate Material’. It remains one of the most important releases in the history of the genre, and the success that they achieved during the mid-2000s allowed the genre to go to a new level.
The project, which is led by Mike Skinner, was formed in Birmingham in 1994 and enjoyed success with critics and fans alike. The Streets were nominated for the Mercury Prize with their first album, as well as a number of other Brit awards in 2003. Their success continued with the releases of ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ and ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living. Skinner went in his own direction in 2011, before The Street released new music for the first time in six years back in 2017.
When it comes to inspirational artists, it is incredibly difficult to look past the success that was achieved by The Beatles. The group remains the most popular pop artist of all-time, and the inspiration that they had on other artists has spread across a variety of different genres.
Artists that were inspired by The Beatles include Billy Joel, Gene Simmons and Dave Grohl, which gives just an example of how the group’s legacy has been spread out across every possible genre. The group also had a profound impact on the British music scene, with Oasis and Kasabian both revealing that they were inspired by the ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
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