The recording industry can be a pretty tough place. Sometimes we see musicians sign deals with labels as soon as they step onto the scene whilst other hardworking artists battle their guts out and unfortunately never get the opportunity to ink a deal with any label, and then there are of course those who are bold enough to step out on their own, and release their music independently.

We here at Tone Deaf know this story all too well, and as such we decided to piece together some of our favourite Aussie musicians who are absolutely smashing it at the moment completely off their own merits, touring and releasing records without the assistance of a label.

From straight-laced rock and post-punk to folk, soul and hip-hop, please allow us to introduce to you 12 insanely talented homegrown musicians that you need in your life right now.