A range of music industry pundits tell NME what they're tipping this year
A host of high profile music industry figures including BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra head George Ergatoudis and Rough Trade co-founder Jeannette Lee have told NME they foresee public taste swinging towards guitar music in 2013.
Speaking about what trends music might take over the next year in the current issue of the magazine – which is a new music special featuring the likes of Haim, Palma Violets, Peace and Merchandise – Ergatoudis said: “Rock and alternative guitar acts are going to find public taste swinging their way.”
He added that he believes this week’s NME cover stars Haim will “sell over 100,000 copies in the UK”.
Palma Violets – pictured above – also feature on this week’s cover alongside the US trio. Jeannette Lee, co-owner of their label, Rough Trade says: “Every seven to 10 years a new group comes along, shakes things up and injects new energy into music. It feels to me that we are on the brink of this kind of excitement again.”
Meanwhile, Paul Weller explained that he has “just started getting excited” about indie music again. “It’s been shit for the last few years,” he said. “But there’s just a few bands I’ve heard who seem to be doing it for the right reasons.”
He added: “I loved the Palma Violets single, and I keep hearing a load of different things that are turning me on. I saw that band The Strypes recently and it was just, ‘Wow’. The guitarist is fucking amazing. Really raised my game, that did.”
However, not everyone agreed that indie would see a resurgence. Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club told NME: “Rather than bloody guitars, it should all be about basslines, which is our philosophy as a band. It doesn’t have to be bass music like dubstep, just the bass guitar. I want that to be the next revival.”
Katy B added: “With The Weeknd coming through it feels like R&B is good again, although the vibe is a lot sexier and darker.”
To read all about what the music industry is tipping for greatness in 2013, check out the current issue of NME, on newsstands now and available digitally.