One To Watch: Curtis Waters On His ‘DIY’ Debut and Not Needing a Major Label

Twenty-year-old Curtis Waters says he owes everything to the internet: “I make all my money because of the internet, I learned everything because of the internet — it scares me how reliant I am on it.” But it’s that savviness that helped the rising artist land a breakthrough hit with “Stunnin’” (featuring Harm Franklin) and subsequently sign a licensing deal with BMG.

Since, the track has been tagged to over 1.3 million TikTok videos and this October, he released his debut album, Pity Party, made entirely in his bedroom. “It’s a very personal thing,” says Waters. “It’s like a clay sculpture that I put my hands all over, and now you can see it.” Adds Thomas Scherer, evp, repertoire and marketing, BMG Los Angeles: “His ambitions are far beyond just being a hit song with ‘Stunnin’’ with his entire album speaking volumes about his artistry. I’ve seen this DIY ethic before in artists such as Frank Ocean — Curtis is new, he’s real, he’s different.”