When Hip Hop, RNB, and Soul meet in a melting pot of diverse backgrounds and distinct musical aesthetics, a collective like Arttemis emerges. Formed in 2020, the trio, originally from Chicago, Miami, and Charlotte, have made Atlanta, GA their creative breeding ground. Arttemis, a group of artists born between ’97 and ’98, pride themselves on their mission to “reinvent the sound of today by blending different genres, styles, and backgrounds to form something that you’ve never seen or heard.”
Having honed their craft as engineers and producers since 2020, Arttemis’ commitment to music creation took a more formal turn in 2021. Despite the group’s relatively recent formation, their unique sonic blend is making waves within the music industry. They’ve accrued over 50,000 all-time listens and had the opportunity to perform at various festivals in Atlanta and across South Florida and the Carolinas.
Arttemis views the current music scene as stagnant, oversaturated with familiar sounds instead of pushing towards the evolution of music. Influenced by the greats in their respective genres, Arttemis’ unique sound comes from three different artists each bringing a unique flavor to their tracks, creating an unrivaled musical blend that revolutionizes the stagnant stage of music.
Their discography reflects this eclectic taste, with their latest release “Peace” being a standout. Reminiscent of ’90s production but with a modern spin, “Peace” explores the theme of finding tranquility in various forms and experiences. Arttemis’ recording process for the track was as organic as the message it conveys. The beat constructed by one of the members, Soul Sydonna, inspired a hook about peace that flowed seamlessly into each member’s unique verse.
Produced by Jose Not Josè, the creative force behind Arttemis’ genre-bending soundscapes, “Peace” pays homage to old school ’90s style through innovative sampling and drum chops. The song’s standout bars include Ayoleek’s contemplative line, “Still the devil tries to creep through my mind,” and Jose Not Josè’s kinetic verse, “Touche, parry, en guarde then I get to beheading fools.”
The trio’s musical influence doesn’t stop at blending genres; they also aspire to work with prominent artists in their respective sub-genres. The soul aspect of their music leans towards the mastery of Jill Scott, while the poppier elements take inspiration from the chameleon-like abilities of Drake. They also admire Isaiah Rashad’s talent for modernizing ’90s themes without sacrificing authenticity.
For Arttemis, music isn’t solely about talent; it’s about authenticity. Their advice for emerging musicians is to stay true to themselves and strive for personal improvement daily. The future they envision for themselves is a continual evolution of their artistry, always pushing the envelope and redefining what music can be.
A dream collaboration with the late Michael Jackson symbolizes their reverence for artists who transform the industry with their unique energy and talent. Though a collab of that magnitude may be just a dream, Arttemis’ drive and vision suggest that big things are on the horizon. The group insists, “Arttemis is only just hitting its stride by this time next year we’ll be household names.”
The record “Peace” by Arttemis, featuring founding members Ayoleek, Jose Not José, and Soul Sydonna, released on April 20, 2023, is a testament to their artistry. It recently peaked at #17 on the iTunes Charts Top 200 singles, which is quite the achievement for the collective.
An official remix with Maliwood is also available on Bandcamp. To keep up with their ever-evolving sound, follow Arttemis on Instagram at @arttemisrec21.
While the world of music often rewards replication over innovation, Arttemis is carving a new path, blending genres, and creating something entirely their own. It’s clear that this ambitious trio is just getting started.