The Dream X

The Dream X: Exclusive Interview with the Genre-Bending Artist

Latin American reggaeton rapper The Dream X takes the globe by storm with his infectious singles “Tijuana” and “BLA BLA” ft. Monaleo. The Salt Lake City-based artist sits down to chat about growing up as a classically trained opera singer to blending various genres in his recent project. With over 350,000 streams on “Tijuana” and no stopping in sight, fans of Bad Bunny, Jack Harlow, The Weeknd, or MGK will want to pay attention now.

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Q&A with The Dream X

POETRY DANS LA RUE: How long have you been releasing music in general, and professionally?

The Dream X: “I started releasing music in 2020, but more so as a hobby, not necessarily as a professional career. Back then, the releases that I put out were mainly opera. Being classically trained in opera helped with melody building and lyrics. Going into music as a profession has always been a dream, so being able to do it now as an artist feels surreal.”

POETRY DANS LA RUE: After listening to your singles “BLA BLA” and “Tijuana,” I love the contrast between the two with the languages and the styles.

The Dream X: “I wanted to do something different with the two. “BLA BLA” is more culturally significant. I wanted to break the language barrier between these two countries to bring my music to different people. Even if people don’t understand everything, it joins English and Spanish together. We made “BLA BLA” with Monaleo, a hip-hop sensation, so we were very excited to have her featured on the song. She’s definitely a lyrical genius.”

The Dream X on Influences & Dream Collabs

PDLR: What genres or artists do you consider your main influences for songwriting?

The Dream X: “I have a lot of artists that I look up to to create the sound that I have. I love Bad Bunny, The Weeknd, and Post Malone; there are a lot of influences that go into it.”

PDLR: Any artists who are under the radar that inspire you?

The Dream X: “There’s an artist I follow who makes these beautiful beats. I listen to his music, and it makes me feel like I want to make something with the same energy. I work with him as well, so it’s great to feed off of that. His name is Michael Piroli.”

PDLR: Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?

The Dream X: “I have an entire list of people I’d love to work with! My #1 dream collab would have to be Machine Gun Kelly. The second person would be Feid. Others would, of course, be Bad Bunny and Swae Lee…”

“Drama” Coming Soon

PDLR: Can you talk a little about the next single that is coming out?

The Dream X: “I’ve been working on a lot of music. The song that we are planning to release next is called “Drama.” It’s also very different from the previous two; it’s partially in Spanish with more English. I combine four different genres on this track. It’s a mix of pop, moombahton, reggaeton, and rap. It’s set to release this month.”

PDLR: What advice do you have for young indie artists or artists who are just starting their journey?

The Dream X: “Don’t give up because many people will discourage you. People will tell you you’re losing money and pouring money into it, and that it won’t pay off, etc. Which is true, but it’s worth it in the end. Dream big, work hard, and make it happen. If it’s your dream and what you want, go for it. You’ve only got one life. It’s up to you if you’re going to leave a legacy or leave a mark on this world.”

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Creative Workspace

How To Design An Idea-Flowing Creative Workspace

When you don’t have the right atmosphere, sitting down and focusing on your craft or being creative can be challenging. Many musicians, writers, artists, photographers, and content creators flourish in the ideal creative workspace and environment. We aren’t talking about a traditional office space or workplace culture, but rather your in-home space or home studio where you create.

Turn your creative workspace or home studio into the ultimate mood board, and the ideas will jump out in front of you. Here are a few tips on how to make your space perfect for you.

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1 // Curate Your Creative Workspace

Fill your space with art, music, and decor that inspires you. This doesn’t have to be expensive to make it motivating. You can use instruments you have, printed photos in black & white, magazines, old albums, vintage tees, antique finds, etc. Include albums or pictures of artists that inspire you (it could be musical artists, writers, poets, artwork, etc.). When you feel stuck, turn to one of those items for ideas.

2 // Start a Collection

A collection of artwork, books, albums, posters, etc., can bring feelings of nostalgia and take you back to when you first discovered it. Sometimes, it’s as simple as reading album notes, lyrics, or a favorite line in a book to spark your creative flow. Collecting also allows you to reflect on the past and see how much you have grown personally or in your career.

3 // Consider What Your Idols/Role Models Would Do

What would Prince do to set the mood and get in the zone of songwriting? How does Taylor Swift craft her most intricate lyrics? What do they surround themselves with? Who do they turn to for support and collaboration?

Picture the image of Prince at Paisley Park or Taylor Swift at Long Pond Studios. If music isn’t your trade, consider these same questions from the viewpoint of your favorite author or creator.

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4 // Create A Mood Board

This can be as simple as creating a mood board on Pinterest or Canva and taping it to your wall. You can have a collage of photos around where you do your writing and brainstorming. Change your mood board with the seasons or new projects that take you to different feelings.

5 // Opt for Multiple Sitting Areas

You can have a desk for a laptop and computers, but consider different seating arrangements for reflecting, recording, filming, and relaxing. Your creative workspace doesn’t always mean sitting down and working in the traditional sense; allow yourself to explore your space and have aspects that encourage you to do so (i.e., the collection, photos, magazines, books, etc.).

6 // Invest Time

Invest a little time daily in your creative workspace, even if you explore ideas and recharge. Investing time in your space and craft doesn’t always resemble writing, playing, singing, creating, or editing. It can be researching your favorite artists, gathering new insights and perspectives, journaling, or enjoying coffee.

Investing time in your audience also plays a part in this; you can do a fun Q&A or try a new style of social media post. The more time you invest in your workspace doing creative things outside of your craft, the more the creative juices will flow during crunch time. For example, I listen to music, decorate, organize albums, and play with my son in my workspace, so I already have intentions and spark when it’s time to work.

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Instagram Tips for Artists Instagram Tips for Creators

Five Quick & Easy Instagram Tips for Artists and Creators

Whether you’re an emerging artist in the music industry, a social media creator, or launching a small business, these five quick Instagram tips for artists and creators will help you build your brand and reach your audience.

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1 // Use a Business or Creator Account

While there are slight differences between these two types of accounts on Instagram, both allow you to access Instagram Insights. On Instagram Insights, you can track your analytics by posts, reels, and stories. You will have access to data such as accounts reached (followers vs non-followers) and how they came across your post or reel (hashtags, home, explore, other).

A Business Account is often recommended for small businesses, personal brands, and any account where you may be offering a service or product.

A Creator Account is often recommended for artists, social media influencers, content creators, public figures, and photographers, although personal preferences may differ.

2 // Use Instagram Insights

Once you choose a Business or Creator Account, you can access Instagram Insights and a Professional Dashboard. This will allow you to track when your audience is most active, what time of the day is best to post, and what content your audience engages with the most.

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3 // Use Niche-Specific Hashtags

Finding your niche on a social media platform is one of the most important things for social media use. Once you find your niche, you will want to use niche-specific hashtags so your audience can easily find your posts. Examples of niche-specific hashtags include #musicblog #musicdiscovery #vinylcommunity #indiepopartist #ukhiphopartist #folksingersongwriter

4 // Engage in Niche Content

You will want to engage in other content from creators and artists within your niche and community. Share other artists’ posts, music, and reels, and like or comment on their content. If you see something trending in your niche, join the conversation or put your spin on it. Keep building relationships within your niche (other artists, creators, bloggers, music industry professionals, small business owners, etc.).

5 // Collaborate Within Your Niche

Continue to form connections with the community within your niche and collaborate with someone who may allow you to expand your audience. The collaborators could be bloggers, media outlets, or other artists (potentially those with a bigger following than you to expose you to a new audience).

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Coachella 2023 Undercard

Coachella 2023 Undercard: Indie & Pop Spotlight

One common misconception about Coachella Music Festival is that fans rely on the headliners to make or break the lineup. You’ve heard by now that the 2023 headliners are Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean. Regular festival attendees know that the Coachella undercard artists will consistently deliver and be full of surprises. If you’re attending the festival or streaming Couchella, you’ll want to know about these Coachella 2023 Undercard gems. This post spotlights some artists to watch in the indie and pop scenes.

Coachella 2023 Undercard Playlists

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Coachella 2023 Undercard: Alternative/Indie Picks

// Alex G // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Turnover, Big Thief, Elliott Smith, The Martinis

Alex G is a solo indie rock artist repping the east coast and Philadelphia, PA. As a DIY singer-songwriter and producer, Alex G recorded his first EIGHT albums in-home. His most recent album, God Save the Animals, brought him to the forefront of the indie rock music scene in 2022. One stream of “Runner” or “No Bitterness,” and you’ll see what the hype is all about.

// The Breeders // Alternative rock

FOR FANS OF: Pixies, Nirvana, DEHD, Courtney Barnett

The Breeders are a band formed in 1989 by former singer and bassist of PIXIES (!!), Kim Deal. The Breeders bring the nostalgic 90s grunge rock back to the Coachella Valley in 2023. Kim Deal holds down one of the legacy acts of Coachella 2023 alongside iconic Blondie. For a blast from the past, if you’re over 30, start with “Cannonball.” The Breeders released All Nerve, their fifth studio album, in 2018. Recommended tracks include “Wait in the Car” and “Spacewoman.”

// boygenius // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Conor Oberst, Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Clairo

The best-kept-secret supergroup, boygenius, will leave everyone misty-eyed as they take the stage for a Saturday evening Coachella serenade. For those that don’t know, boygenius is the indie rock group formed by Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus. Many music fans will recognize the cover of their self-titled EP released in 2018. While the three iconic women have gone on to release chart-topping solo albums, boygenius announced the release of their debut album on March 31st! Three new songs are currently available from the upcoming album, the record.

// Ethel Cain // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Maggie Rogers, Caroline Polacheck, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, Paula Cole

If you have yet to hear Ethel Cain’s debut album, Preacher’s Daughter (2022), don’t let it slip under your radar any longer. Cain’s sultry voice, similar to Lana Del Rey, will lead you through this masterful memoir of 13 tracks, some culminating as long as nine minutes of pure Americana storytelling. Start with the emotive single “American Teenager,” and you’ll recall Paula Cole in “I Don’t Want to Wait” and Maggie Rogers in “That’s Where I Am.” Coachella or not, download this album and add her to your list of artists to watch.

// MUNA // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: HAIM, The Chicks, King Princess, Rina Sawayama, The 1975

Hot off of their third studio album, trio MUNA is a top group to see on the Polo Grounds. MUNA’s stage presence will instantly draw you in and make you their “Number One Fan” after a few indie pop dance anthems (i.e., “Number One Fan,” “Solid,” and “No Idea”). For fans of a more twangy ballad-type song, check out “Good News (Ya-Ya Song),” “Taken,” or “Kind of Girl.” Fans are secretly hoping for an extra appearance by Phoebe Bridgers Coachella weekend for “Silk Chiffon.”

// The Murder Capital // Alternative/Post-punk

FOR FANS OF: Yard Act, Fontaines D.C., Black Country, New Road, Shame

Dublin-native five-piece, The Murder Capital, came to the scene in 2018 with the hit single “More or Less,” followed by their debut album, When I Have Fears. If you’re looking for the band to follow in the likes of Yard Act or Shame from previous Coachella lineups, The Murder Capital seals this spot for the post-punk scene. DORK magazine recently featured the band as a cover story ahead of their sophomore release, Gigi’s Recovery, out this Friday, January 20th. See “Return My Head” and “Only Good Things” for a quick introduction to their music.

// Snail Mail // Alternative/Indie

FOR FANS OF: Soccer Mommy, Clairo, Julien Baker, Mitski, Trespassers Williams

Solo female indie rock artist, Snail Mail, returns for her second Coachella in 2023. Releasing her sophomore album, Valentine, in 2021 brought her front and center to many audiophile turntables. Some quintessential tracks from her career include “Thinning,” “The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World,” “Pristine,” “Speaking Terms,” “Valentine,” and “Light Blue.”

// Wet Leg // Indie rock

FOR FANS OF: The Ting Tings, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tegan and Sara, Wolf Alice

One of the most shared albums of 2022 leads Wet Leg to a perfect spot for a major festival performance. The British indie rock pair may have the most viral and instant stardom debut record of 2022. “Chaise Longue” and “Wet Dream” rose to the top of the charts and accompanied many an Instagram Reel and TikTok this past year. For further desert vibe listening, press play on “Too Late Now” and “Angelica.”

Coachella 2023 Undercard: Pop Picks

// Angèle // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Louane, Roméo Elvis, Dua Lipa, Stromae, Charli XCX, Coeur de Pirate

Coachella’s 2023 lineup is more global than ever, and fans are pleased to see Belgian-French-speaking pop queen Angèle just below the top of this year’s lineup. Angèle is known for her catchy breakout single “Tout oublier,” featuring her rap artist brother, Roméo Elvis. She even broke Stromae’s record for the most weeks at the top of the Belgian singles charts. Angèle also took a political stance with her statement song, “Balance ton quoi,” about the #metoo movement in France (#balancetonporc). The pop singer released her second studio album, Nonante-Cinq, in 2021. Add “Bruxelles je t’aime” and “Libre” to your Coachella pump-up playlist.

// Cannons // Indie pop

FOR FANS OF: DRAMA, Oh Wonder, Litany, Dua Lipa, The Knocks

L.A. three-piece indie pop band Cannons makes scenic dream pop tunes to soundtrack your Coachella 2023 weekend. The band’s most recent album, Fever Dream, is full of breezy highs like “Hurricane” and “Come Alive.” For a more downtempo track, be on the lookout for “Lightning” to hit the Polo Grounds at golden hour. Furthermore, the 2019 single “Fire for You” is a sweet summer earworm to add to any vacation-type playlist.

// Christine and the Queens // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Stromae, HAIM, Years & Years, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Kate Bush

Christine and the Queens is back for his third Coachella performance. For those that don’t know, Christine and the Queens is a solo French singer and songwriter who got their big break from the massive hit “Tilted” (English) or “Christine” (French) in 2015. Since his debut album, Chaleur humaine, the pop artist has released Chris (2018) and, most recently, Redcar les adorables étoiles (2022). Chris blends English and French lyrics with pop influences of both cultures in standout tracks “People I’ve Been Sad,” “Doesn’t Matter,” and “rien dire.” The innovative artist also sings on tracks with Charli XCX and 070 Shake, which may call for special guest performances in the desert.

// Sasha Alex Sloan // Pop

FOR FANS OF: Julia Michaels, FLETCHER, Chelsea Cutler, Nina Nesbitt, Lauv

Sasha Alex Sloan, aka sadgirlsloan, has a reputation for writing sad songs about personal anecdotes in her life. From growing up as an Only Child (2020 debut album) to struggling with an eating disorder and anxiety, Sasha pens beautifully written and highly relatable tracks. “Lie” is an empathetic breakup song with a pop backtrack, while “Is It Just Me?” is a compilation of wildly accurate unpopular opinions. Sasha’s sophomore album, I Blame The World (2022), continues the cynical songwriting with the title track preaching, “Can’t see the silver in the lines, can’t make the best of a bad time.” Other noteworthy songs to add are “New Normal” and her ever-popular encore track, “Dancing With Your Ghost.”

// TV Girl // Pop

FOR FANS OF: SALES, Wallows, Polo & Pan, Jordana

The L.A.-based pop trio, TV Girl, has recently gotten more social media attention, primarily due to the TikTok craze. Single “Not Allowed” from their 2016 album, Who Really Cares, has brought the band to the forefront of the teen-charged app. However, our interest is not in TikTok but their indie pop style on the 2014 French Exit album. “Lovers Rock” and “Birds Don’t Sing” are whimsical throwbacks to a time of a more simple creator-consumer culture.


Check out these indie and pop artists, plus many more, on our multi-genre Coachella 2023 Undercard playlists below.

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