Meet the Fender Next class of 2022 featuring Budjerah, Wet Leg + more
25.03.2022

Meet the Fender Next class of 2022 featuring Budjerah, Wet Leg + more

Words by Mixdown Staff

Representing new faces that will define the guitar industry, including two of Australia’s very own!

Back again for 2022, Fender have unveiled their prestigious Fender Next list for this year, celebrating 25 up-and-coming guitar-based acts who look set to take the instrument forward with their own creative endeavours.

What you need to know:

  • Back again for 2022, Fender have unveiled their prestigious Fender Next list for this year.
  • Fender Next celebrates 25 up-and-coming guitar-based acts who will gain access to Fender musical equipment and 360-marketing support.
  • 20-year-old singer songwriters Budjerah and MAY-A lead the charge for Australian recipients.

Keep up to date with the latest industry news here.

Selected from a pool of 850 submissions from the public and A&Rs across the country, the Fender Next list for 2022 spotlights a range of artists with totally unique sounds, nationalities and identities, presenting an exciting glimpse of where the guitar might be headed in the near future.

“More than half of this year’s artists are female-identifying – a testament to the diverse and dynamic future of guitar,” Fender said

As part of the initiative, Fender will hook up all artists involved in the campaign with an array of Fender musical equipment and 360-marketing support to assist with pushing their music further to the masses.

This year’s school consists of a diverse assortment of artists, operating in all parts of the world and performing a myriad of different musical genres.

The class of 2022 is led by the likes of 100 Gecs, Wet Leg, and The Linda Lindas, while closer to home, 20-year-old singer songwriters Budjerah and MAY-A lead the charge.

Lime Cordiale and Stand Atlantic were among last year’s crop.

“At Fender we believe it’s our responsibility to continually use our platform and resources to support and uplift artists everywhere,” said Evan Jones, CMO of Fender. 

“The 2022 Fender Next artists are exceedingly creative, and represent a diverse range of musical genres and styles. It’s our hope that these acts will go on to lead, inspire and define the industry, and it’s our honour to help them grow their audiences and their legacies.”

“For over 75 years, artists have been at the centre of everything that we do,” said Matt Watts, SVP of Marketing at Fender. 

“From festival headliners and global touring acts to new artists finding their voice on social media, Fender guitars and amplifiers have been a fixture in bringing the artist’s vision, voice, and music into the world. 

“Fender Next is our commitment to elevating the next generation of artists and players that are moving music forward, so we can bring new perspectives and sounds to the industry and beyond.”

Check out the full list in the video below.

Read more on Fender Next at Fender’s website.