It’s been almost a year since life as we know it came to a screeching halt. Concerts and events were canceled and the music industry has since pivoted to the use of live streams for performances. It’s the only way to digitally connect with fans which has led to a surge in the use of streaming platforms.
Twitch is a popular platform for live streaming, traditionally amongst video gamers pre-pandemic, but lately music fans have been getting a front-row seat. Everyone from producers to DJs have made use of the app to virtually connect with others and showcase their talents in real-time. Esteemed hip-hop producer Kenny Beats holds weekly beat battles where he judges beat submissions with his humorous and educational commentary. For DJs such as Noodles, it’s the only way to perform and the digital ease of access means fans all around the world can tune in.
We rounded up the best Twitch music channels for you to follow to keep you entertained from the comfort of your living room.
Kenny Beats is one of the most notable producers in hip-hop, often creating beats for high profile friends like Vince Staples, 6LACK, and Denzel Curry. For anyone interested in production, beat making, or hip-hop, his channel is a must-see. Besides the production aspect, Kenny’s personality adds a dose of humor to every live stream and is sure to have you laughing while bopping your head along to the beat.
Cam Girl is an international DJ who’s toured with some of the biggest names in music including Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Lil Pump— to name a few. She’s taken her talents to live streaming and her Twitch channel is just as entertaining as one of her real-life sets. High-energy and a genre-blending performance are a guarantee with Kawaii backgrounds, cool clothes, and lots of hip-hop, trap, and bass music.
Noodles (Kehlani’s DJ)
Noodles is known by many as Kehlani’s DJ but the Filipino American DJ built a name for herself playing music festivals and Las Vegas nightclubs as a solo act. Considering her close ties to Kehlani, it comes as no surprise that her sets are a stylish mix of R&B and hip-hop. Noodles’ Twitch channel is full of high-energy sets and candid moments.
Smalltown DJ’s is a duo made up of two Canadian beat conductors who champion a bass-heavy house music sound. Recently named by Bootsy Collins as one of the best lesser-known artists from the last 35 years for Spin Magazine, they’ve toured the world performing at various festivals and shows such as Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party. Their Twitch channel has a live stream every Sunday hosted by Smalltown Pete (aka Pete Emes) called “Dad Rock Radio” featuring throwback tunes from a wide variety of genres including indie, classic rock, and electro that will kickstart your day with style.
Livingston Allen, professionally known as DJ Akademiks, is a YouTube personality who weighs in on all things related to music. His opinions are known to be controversial, but that’s what makes him fun to watch. His Twitch live streams are always diverse as he often reviews new music, jams out with industry friends, and performs candid Q&A style interviews with notable artists.
DirtyBird is the underground record label created by house producer Claude VonStroke. For anyone who’s a huge electronic and house music fan, this is the channel for you. Streaming seven days a week with different guest DJs, the Dirtybird channel is sure to get you dancing.
The ultimate channel for K-pop fans, this Twitch channel has a constant live stream of K-pop music videos. Discover new favorites or get familiar with the genre if you’re not already.