Securing a coveted spot in the highly competitive music industry has become relatively easier over recent years, thanks primarily to the advent of digital technology and the rise of social media. Now, aspirants from all walks of life have a shot at reaching millions of listeners worldwide so long as they remain highly aware of the strategic ways to expand their influence. However, it is still true that artists born to privilege and backed by the major power players in the music scene are more likely to top the charts and dominate the playing field, leaving independent musicians struggling to stay afloat in a sea of competitors. But, through his story, Ivan Paniagua, a rising star also known as Ivan B, proves that success is possible even for those who hail from humble beginnings.
Ivan B, who is scheduled to perform his first headline show in Los Angeles on November 4, has always set his eyes on making a difference through his songs. During his freshman year in high school, he started taking the steps that will bring him closer toward his goal. Since then, he has attracted millions of listeners, serving as the voice behind the singles “Our Time Together” and “Need You Still.” The tracks, which have garnered over 21 million streams and 20 million plays respectively on Spotify alone, demonstrate his potential to hit big and stand side by side with today’s powerhouses.
This must-watch force has managed to rise through the ranks because of his distinctive artistry. While catchy beats and memorable melodies do characterize his songs, the powerful messages at their core have allowed Ivan B to capture the interest of listeners. Additionally, anyone diving deep into his discography will realize that it has a recurring theme of believing in oneself and being brave enough to face life head-on.
The heights that Ivan B has reached so far cannot be credited solely to his impressive body of work. Much of the love that he’s receiving is also due to the extent to which he continues to inspire other dreamers. The 25-year-old talent has been in the industry for the past ten years, with little to no notable published articles or promotion. Despite this, he has succeeded in establishing a name in the saturated music scene, doing so through his own efforts. From saving up money through serving as a waiter so he could purchase all his equipment, to earning through his releases, his journey was nowhere near smooth—it proves a testament to the power of hard work and perseverance.
With close to half a million monthly listeners on Spotify, Ivan B is currently among the most promising artists. He is set to gain a more considerable following in the coming months as he drops more projects. His upcoming headline show at the Catch One venue in Los Angeles is expected to propel this passion-fueled personality toward the limelight.