The best DIY musical moments of 2021 | Characteristics


Congratulations, the team! We have been through another year. And while things may not have returned to 100% normal yet, 2021 nonetheless produced some iconic musical moments that will go down in history.

From the continued rise of the lockdown app TikTok and the stars it has subsequently born, to Travis Barker appearing as a feature on heaps of songs, to Britney Spears finally free and Taylor Swift unveiling the 10 minute version. of ‘All Too Well’ and single-handedly ending the career of anyone selling ‘Fuck the Patriarchy’ keychains, that was crazy.

So let us guide you through the most significant moments of the last year …

MÃ¥neskin goes crazy for Eurovision

Just when we thought Eurovision couldn’t get wilder, four Italians barged in in 2021 to take home the award and add some electrifying rock’n’roll to the bread and butter of the Brilliant Pop contest ( don’t worry, they camp as delightfully as any Eurovision winner needs to be).

Not only did they win this year’s competition, but in its wake, they’re also doing a pretty fantastic job of becoming a real group in their own right. The continued hype around MÃ¥neskin was shown at a chaotic free-to-play show in London in October, and they’ll hit Brixton Academy next year, sure to become Eurovision’s stars of the decade.

Mom Mia indeed!

Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’ Gets Exciting New Chapters

Ever since Taylor Swift revealed a few years ago that a 10-minute version of her fan-favorite hit ‘All Too Well’ existed somewhere in a safe, Swifties across the planet have been wild with excitement. It was therefore foreseeable that he would become the cornerstone of ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, the second part of the singer’s campaign to re-record all of her old albums to reclaim the rights of her masters.

In new parts of the track, we find out that the unnamed ex (just on Google) was wearing “Fuck The Patriarchy” jewelry, hot liners (“I’m going to get old, but your lovers are still my age” ) and many new chapters from Swift’s most gripping and enduring tale.

Travis Barker becomes wanted employee of the year

Far from being confined to his role as the drummer of Blink-182, Travis Barker cemented his pivotal role in the new rap-rock revolution in 2021, becoming an essential collaborator for rappers looking to rock (Machine Gun Kelly , Trippie Redd), young superstars waiting in search of their voices (KennyHoopla, jxdn) and old heads in search of a new spark (Avril Lavigne).

Barker didn’t appear at the new ALT + LDN festival in the summer – an event run by Architects and Playboi Carti that brought the worlds of rap and rock together – but he was largely responsible for its existence in the first place.

Beep beep! It was the year Olivia Rodrigo took over

You might not have believed it when Taylor Swift follower and Disney star Olivia Rodrigo dropped her debut single “Drivers License” in the first week of 2021. pop-punk star.

Gen Z, however, are swinging between genres with abandon, and on “good 4 u” and “brutal” from debut album “Sour”, Rodrigo showed she can make crisp, paramore rock bangers as well as she can. perform heartbreaking ballads. . It’s not premature to say that she could already inspire a new generation of rockers.

Old and new artists go viral on TikTok

Unpredictability is at the heart of TikTok, which in 2021 has become one of the primary means of discovering cutting-edge new music. Among the stars of the year was PinkPantheress, whose nostalgic and intimate drum’n’bass exploded onto the platform, before the first mixtape “To hell with it” showed it could exist beyond the limits of a 10 second clip.

Then, even more extraordinary, TikTok also saw songs from decades ago given new life through viral music videos, namely the late cult Scottish band Life Without Buildings, including the 2001 track “The Leanover”, which became a lip sync hit started by Beabadoobee. It’s a shining sign of the internet and hungry young music fans bringing music back to be worshiped by a whole new generation.

Let’s leave ‘Wellerman’ in 2021 though, right?

Live music is back, baby!

After what seemed like an excruciatingly long wait, live music – real live music as we know it, without social distancing – returned this summer with a series of pilot events before a full reboot in July. In our review of the historic download driver, we said, “No one can really believe this. Fans who stand side by side with people they had to keep two meters apart for fifteen months can’t believe it, and the performers on stage are also in disbelief. For ten thousand lucky punters and forty bands, live music is no longer a distant dream. The sheer joy of the whole experience, miraculously put together in a matter of weeks, puts more than one facilitator on the verge of tears. “

As Emma Wilkes wrote, the return of live music has given us “a glimpse of a brighter future” and proved how important it is, to all of our sanity and to the bands that deserve their plate. -form before a bright future.

Arlo Parks wins the Mercury Prize

For everyone who has met her, Arlo Parks’ music has become a friend in the hard times during the lockdown. “You’re not alone, as you think,” she sang on “Hope,” as the devastating “Black Dog” comforted those struggling with existential worries and depression (“It’s so cruel what your mind can do for no reason, ”she sang softly).

For this reason, no other record more deserved to win the 2021 Mercury Prize. “Collapsed In Sunbeams” is an album that united and comforted people through the most difficult times in living memory, and to see Parks play it. during sold out live concerts this summer has become a community exorcism, mourning the lost time but celebrating what we got through.

Britney is free!

After 13 years and a huge public campaign, Britney Spears was finally released from her tutelage in November of this year. Calling it the ‘best day ever,’ allowing the singer to take back control of her life and career, is indicative of a larger trend within music, righting the wrongs that have been put in place. place in a very different time.

As Taylor Swift spends years trying to regain some autonomy over her music after signing a recording contract as a teenager, ignoring its future ramifications, Britney has spent more than a decade gagged and unable to cope. Express. When she was finally released, it seemed like a victory for everyone and anyone the music industry reduced to submission.

Southgate, it’s you!

Just as the country prepared to emerge from lockdown, euro fever swept through England in a haze of barely socially distanced beer mayhem. As England reached the final of a major tournament for the first time in over half a century, songs adjacent to football became a nation’s soundtrack.

Alongside the newly adopted football anthem “Sweet Caroline” and former favorite “Three Lions”, England fans once again adopted Atomic Kitten’s “Whole Again” to congratulate their Commander-in-Chief Gareth Southgate . The band themselves then warmed all our hearts when they officially recorded “Southgate You’re The One”, and performed it in front of a rowdy crowd of drunken soccer fans at Boxpark in Wembley. Absolute legends.

All together now: “Football is coming back again! “

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