Meet the UVC Records Artists of 2021
Underground Vampire Club has operated as a publication covering the endless world of online music for over three years. Since its founding, UVC has strived to help artists grow and to encourage the creativity of the underground’s most exciting voices. Thanks to the support of SoundCloud, UVC can now fulfill this mission on a larger scale than ever. We are happy to officially announce the launch of our first UVC House here in California. Six artists—Doxia, Misaku Foxx, Xadvoi, Roxas, Siouxxie, and 1dada4ever—have signed on as our initial roster and moved in together for the summer of 2021. They’ll collaborate on music at the house and discover their rich creative potential alongside one another.
Photos by Connor Kamp (@ckamp)
Arizona native Misaku Foxx has a long history on SoundCloud, dating back to the early notoriety they received for their expressive take on Pluggnb. The music they released under their former moniker Killz was made using nothing but a phone and Apple EarPods. It stands as a testament to how they’ve used limited resources to make something deeply personal. Now draped in mid-2000s Y2K aesthetics, Misaku Foxx is reaching out into unexplored territory as a musician, dabbling in the subgenre known as “emoplugg” and diving headfirst into a visceral, futuristic sound that’s unique to them. While finding success, they haven’t lost the Killz philosophy that got them to UVC Records. Misaku Foxx aims to make music as a conduit for connecting to people; at their lowest moments, listeners can find solace in their songs. By founding their collective GoonnCity, Misaku Foxx has provided a family-like environment for kindred spirits and talent in the digicore scene.
UVC is also proud to work with Xadvoi, another innovative voice from GoonnCity. Xadvoi’s music is borne out of internal chaos. They describe the artistic process behind each song as “a mess in my head, with no boundaries or rules, that I turn into sounds.” Their music can be saccharine and glitchy or raw and vulnerable; they can give you a sugar rush or hit you like a truck. Xadvoi’s art continues to evolve with every song, which is reinforced by the new creative environment fostered in the UVC House. It would do them a disservice to try and box them into one genre or style. Their perspective also fits comfortably within digicore’s broader renaissance. Xadvoi appreciates everyone in this space unabashedly “doing whatever the fuck they want” and showing love to those who push boundaries.
Siouxxie is another artist who’s grateful for SoundCloud’s sense of community, which has guided them to like-minded friends and a crucial place at our UVC house. Their self-expressions are worth more than just a casual listen: Siouxxie’s project incorporates mesmerizing Visual-kei and goth imagery while referencing moments of mischief from centuries of games, cartoons and other media. Their music is full of wicked turns and shards of darkness that make even their pop-leaning songs feel like a secret thrill. Siouxxie sees the darker tones of the online underground as versatile tools they can carry into the mainstream, and will be working towards this ideal long-term as part of the UVC house. They are currently affiliated with Lil Eli’s collective Young Bapestahs along with forward-thinking artists like Alice Gas, Keyblade808, and Angelwinter.
Roxas is a member of the collectives Co-Op and 7serene who uses music as a healthy way to channel his negative feelings. His self-described “emotional slay” songs put his rap influences through an online filter, with sparse, digital soundscapes that make each lyric seem to pierce through your screen and get stuck in your head. The cover art of Roxas’ music is always a window into his mindset; he previously concentrated on the graphics of childhood favorite game series Kingdom Hearts (whose character Roxas gave him his name) to express this, but is now veering towards more visual variety. Roxas’ interests in digicore started as a way to amplify his beat selection, and now it’s a way to make new friends and meet “cool people” as he settles into the UVC house.
Doxia is here to make music from the future, but started out far in his own past. Starting to envision musical ideas around the age of two led to Doxia picking up the drums by age four. Growing up, the larger-than-life sci-fi and superhero movies he loved served as inspiration. He cites this kind of otherworldly art as fuel for his creativity; one song like “runway” makes him come off like some deep-internet cartoon character, while another like “datdatdat” could soundtrack a soda commercial in another galaxy. Since he usually self-produces, each track feels like part of one, cohesive vision. After founding the trialx12 collective, Doxia added artists like Kurtains, Heavn, and Aldn to the group’s roster. Being a part of digicore to Doxia means having the chance to revolutionize the way popular music sounds forever as part of the scene’s inner circle. Listening to Doxia can feel like its own journey, as banger highs give way to emotional crooning and glitches in his audio-matrix that leave you deep in thought.
When 1dada4ever calls himself a POPSTAR, he means it. The North Carolina artist’s beginnings were quickly picked up by Lyrical Lemonade, and his hypnotic flows carried him beyond that to the UVC House. Along with his roommate and fellow Charlotte, North Carolina resident Nigo Chanel, 1dada4ever is part of the plu2o9 collective, a group of artists crafting SoundCloud’s atmospherics into sharp, zany works of pop-rap songwriting. This unique career path sets him apart from the more digicore-indebted artists in the house. He’ll exchange ideas with the other members in UVC’s roster and continue on his current run of music that sounds like it’s years ahead of its time.
All of these stories uniting via UVC makes for a pivotal moment for this platform. Our tagline, after all, is “an endless world for an endless scene” — UVC was never meant to solely foster community on the Internet, and joining together in real life will let these six artists reach new heights. None of these things could have happened without your support of us over the years, and we are grateful for our friends, readers, musicians, URL-fest-goers, and everyone else that provided the building blocks for this moment. The six artists in our roster have settled comfortably into the house, and they’re already at work on this next chapter.
Listen to our roster on SoundCloud: