2022 Forecast: Los Angeles Music Artists to Watch Featuring Junior Mesa

Photo by Alex Baxley

Continuing with the success of his EP, Cirque Du Freak, local artist Junior Mesa ended 2021 with more visuals from his project, a psyche pop stunner filled with existential questions and self discovery. As a deeply personal and conceptual work, the five-track EP elevates Mesa’s music to new heights as he writes about his struggles with the recent diagnosis of epilepsy, the affect it’s had on his life and career making music and how to cope with feeling cut off from your creative endeavors.

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With highly imaginative and whimsical, albeit sometimes a little dark, music videos — Mesa pulls from the emotions and experiences that are hard to explain in a straightforward manner. Instead, Mesa finds a way to create abstract and psychedelic visuals that more accurately describes the status he has found himself in.

A project rooted firmly in healing, Mesa takes all the hardship over the past few years to revive himself as an artist and individual, while also taking inspiration from revolutionary artists of the past. For as much as a struggle it’s been for Mesa to get back to writing and recording, 2021 has been a year of tremendous growth and musical artistry that is sure to carry into the next year.

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With his recent show impressing at The Glass House in Pomona as part of Viva Pomona, Junior Mesa next opens his sights up to a North American tour alongside Dublin-based band Inhaler starting March, 2022 with back to back L.A. dates March 31 and April 1 at the Belasco in downtown. Additional California dates include San Diego and San Francisco.

Words: Patti Sanchez

For more on Junior Mesa, make sure to visit his website and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

To view more of our 2022 featured artists, and / or Grimy Goods’ previous years’ Artist Forecast, visit our Forecast page for the full list of talent.

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