Forecast 2022: Los Angeles Musical Artists to Watch with Junior Mesa
Continuing the success of his EP, Freak show, local artist Junior Mesa ended 2021 with more visuals of his project, a dizzying pop psyche filled with existential questions and self-discovery. As a deeply personal and conceptual work, the five-track EP lifts Mesa’s music to new heights as he writes about his struggles with the recent diagnosis of epilepsy, the effect it has had on his. life and career in making music and how to cope with feeling cut off from your creative endeavors.
With highly imaginative and whimsical, although sometimes a little dark, music videos, Mesa taps into emotions and experiences that are difficult to explain in any straightforward way. Instead, Mesa finds a way to create abstract, psychedelic visuals that more accurately describe the status he’s in.
A project firmly rooted in healing, Mesa has taken all the hardships over the past few years to revive herself as an artist and individual, while also drawing inspiration from revolutionary artists of the past. Even though Mesa has had to struggle to return to writing and recording, 2021 has been a year of tremendous growth and musical art that is sure to continue into the next year.
With his recent impressive show at The Glass House in Pomona as part of Viva Pomona, Junior Mesa then opens his eyes to a north american tour alongside the Dublin group Inhaler from March 2022 with back-to-back dates in LA March 31 and April 1 at Belasco downtown. Additional dates in California include San Diego and San Francisco.
Words: Patti sanchez
To see more of our featured artists in 2022 and / or Grimy Goods’ artist predictions for previous years, visit our Forecasts page for the full list of talent.