The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Guitarist / Singer / Songwriter
Jimi Hendrix was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music" More on Wikipedia
I have been into Blues since my junior high school days, and still until this day. Interestingly, my first encounter to Blues is not Hendrix, but later I learn that you can listen to all Blues you can think of, but if you absence to Hendrix, it is never been complete. Hendrix expanded modern Blues above and beyond.
Multi-instrumentalist / singer / songwriter
Matt Bellamy is best known as the lead singer, guitarist, pianist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Muse. He is recognised for his eccentric stage persona, wide tenor vocal range and musicianship. He has also released solo compositions. More on Wikipedia
For me, Matt and Muse always has a special part in my music journey. Through his music, he taught us to see beyond future, to always one step ahead, and just dont give a fuck about anything else. The world will be ready. Not all people, but some people might be ready. "Plug in Baby" and "Sunburn" are among Muse's songs that shaped my younger years.
Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophet of Rage
Guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, and political activist
Tom Morello is best known for his tenure with the rock band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave. Between 2016 and 2019, Morello was a member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage. More on Wikipedia
I can not describes enough how RATM affects me personally. It is so important to the point where I will not be who I am today if it is not because of RATM. Critical thinking, always questions thing. Without lowering other RATM member role in shaping RATM music as a whole, but in my opnion, RATM will not be RATM if it's not because of Tom Morello. His guitar playing is so ahead of its time, it blows everyone's mind, and it's still today.
Morrissey is an English singer, songwriter, and author. He came to prominence as the frontman of rock band the Smiths, who were active from 1982 to 1987. Since then, he has pursued a successful solo career. Morrissey's music is characterised by his baritone voice and distinctive lyrics with recurring themes of emotional isolation, sexual longing, self-deprecating and black humour, and anti-establishment stances. More on Wikipedia
I was a bit late to know Morissey. After I dig thorough his lyrics, I instanly says that this gentlement is pure genius. His lyrics is so quircky and unique as if he has a pair of eyes that totally different from the rest of us human. On a side note, the brit's humour is always fit with my taste of humour, whether it's dark or light humour.
Belle and Sebastian
Singer / writer / filmmaker
Stuart Murdoch is Scottish musician and the lead singer and songwriter for the indie pop band Belle and Sebastian. More on Wikipedia
For me one of the amazing thing about Stuart is that he has the ability to turn something daily, common things that we forget, into beautiful, poetic story. His unique point of view to see things make almost every song of B&S is so light but being told so beautiful. I have the highest praise for Stuart.
Knower, Clown Core
Singer / drummer / multi-instrumentalist / songwriter / producer
LA-based singer songwriter, producer and multi instrumentalist co-founded the alt pop/electro funk band Knower. More on Wikipedia
I started to got exposed to Louis Cole from Youtube. A multi instrumentalist, playing some groovy/funk stuff. His creative ideas are ahead of its time. Eventhough he's multi instrumentalist, which is usually generalist, but in his case I almost can identify his signature whether he's singing, drumming or playing keyboard, I can tell right away it is him. This was happened when the first time I found out about Clown Core. On second listens, I have suspicion it was Louis. Turns out I was right!
Snarky Puppy, Bokante, Forq
Bassist / composer / producer / multi-instrumentalist
Michael League is the bandleader of New York-based instrumental band Snarky Puppy and the international music ensemble Bokanté. He also founded the band Forq with keyboardist Henry Hey, and is also an owner and founder of the record label GroundUP Music. League has won three Grammy Awards. More on Wikipedia
Honestly I didn't know much about Michael League, but his music stamped in my head for quite a while. To be able to lead a non-committed band consists of a dozen musicians, while composing songs, is truly a rare ability. On a side note, Snarky Puppy's groundUP live recording video on Youtube will be one the most important music artefact for many many years ahead.
The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band
singer / songwriter
John Lennon was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued a career as a solo artist and as Ono's collaborator. More on Wikipedia
Ones can't argue whether john Lennon is a god-like musician or not. You can't. You just can't. You accept it.
The Mars Volta, At The Drive-In
guitarist / songwriter / producer / filmmaker
Omar Rodríguez-López is known for being the guitarist and band-leader of the Mars Volta from 2001 until their breakup in 2012, and is the guitarist for the alternative rock groups At the Drive-In, Antemasque and Bosnian Rainbows. He was also the bassist for the dub band De Facto. He has embarked on a solo career, both in studio and in concert, frequently described as experimental, avant-garde and/or progressive. He has collaborated with numerous artists spanning from John Frusciante to El-P. More on Wikipedia
Imagine you born in the year 3012, then got kicked back to present day. You told everyone about what it likes living in 3012 but no one believes you. That is what I imagine with Omar Rodríguez-López. Almost all the things he touch is innovative, ahead of its time.
singer / multi-instrumentalist / songwriter
Kevin Barnes is the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter for the indie rock group of Montreal, part of the Elephant 6 Collective. Barnes started the band on their own and, although providing several stories as to the origin of the name, is said to have named it after a failed romance with a woman of Montreal, Canada. The group has recorded fifteen full-length albums, and numerous EPs and 7" singles. Their brother, David Barnes, is an artist and has designed most of the band's artwork for albums since the release of The Gay Parade. More on Wikipedia
The most whimsical mind. Wicked point of view, prolific lyrics, complicated wordplay, weird theme choosing. His creativity is out of this world.