Video-based social media platform TikTok may be banned in the United States on November 12th, 2020 (read about that here). Rather than delving into the politics of this ban, I’m just going to share with you eight of my favorite music accounts to follow on TikTok and a few ways you can connect with them off the app as well.
Hopefully, fans of musicians’ accounts will make an effort to connect with them on platforms other than TikTok – just in case this ban actually happens. Artists deserve to stay connected with the audiences they’ve worked so hard to build.
This is Dev Lemons of @songpsych, a TikTok account that “break[s] down your fav songs.” Dev gets into the psychology, music theory, and history behind some of the trendiest songs on the internet. One of the best aspects of her posts is that you can always check her sources and dig deeper by visiting SongPsych.com/Episodes.
With producer Stevie Powers, Dev put out an EP called Rotisserie Pigeon on July 24, 2020. Listen for head-bobbin’ lofi bedroom hip-hop/pop.
Dorothea Taylor is a professional drummer and drum instructor. I couldn’t find her age online, but her Instagram says she’s been drumming for 56 years and an online interview says she started when she was thirteen – so that would mean she’s 79 years old. And she’s crushing it. Search her name to find interviews and videos with numerous drumming publications.
On her TikTok account, Erica Allen-Lubman writes and produces songs inspired by the indie bands of a decade or two ago like Gorillaz, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, etc. (aka all of the bands I loved in high school). With posts like “What if Gorillaz wrote Hit Me Baby One More Time by Britney Spears?” and “What if Glass Animals wrote Say So by Doja Cat?”, Erica presents super accurate recreations of bands’ sounds in an often funny context.
Erica’s writing and production project is called Boy Jr. and she’s been putting out music since 2015. Her latest release, Starter Pack, is an 8-song album of vibey, grungy garage pop. It came out earlier this month on September 11th.
Follow @carolclevelandsings for quirky musical stop-motion videos like the ones above. Carol Cleveland Sings is the psychedelic bedroom pop project of Gretchen Lohse and Thomas Hughes. They’ve put out five releases since 2015. The latest is a single called “Something That Destroys You” from September 2019.
I follow Blu DeTiger for her killer bass chops, and yes, Blu DeTiger seems to be her real name. She put out five singles in 2019, including the now-famous-on-TikTok tune “Figure It Out.”
On TikTok, @luxxuryxx is a music historian of sorts, posting informative videos packed full of facts you didn’t know you wanted to know about the songs you forgot you loved.
Off of TikTok, @luxxuryxx is a disco/funk/synthpop songwriter, producer, and DJ known as Luxxury. His real name is Blake Robin. He’s been releasing music since 2004, and his latest release is a 53-minute-long summer 2020 mixtape called We’re All Gonna Die.
You can follow Luxxury – um . . . everywhere? Here’s his linktree.
In my imagination, Patti Broussard is a magical, musical auntie who makes friends with fairies and glows like a quiet candle in the darkness. She’s best known for sharing calm and joy with an instrument called the array mbira, but she plays several unique instruments (see the second video above) that you can hear on her TikTok account.
She releases singles frequently – (I see sixteen from 2020 on Spotify) – and seems to be active on YouTube as well.
Lauren Pardini of @pardinivocalcoach is an extremely educated and experienced musician (read about her here) offering quick vocal tips via TikTok. A vocalist and vocal coach for Columbia, Island/Def Jam, Aftermath, Sony/Epic, Atlantic, and Universal Records, some of the workouts she drops on TikTok may be challenging, but they’re just out-of-the-box enough to keep you engaged with the growing process.
For five years, Lauren made electronic/dance music with Danny Sternbaum as Pr0files. Their last release “Money” came out in 2017.
You can follow her on Instagram and check out her online music education offerings here.