The Astronomers are the band you can’t help but root for. Led by frontman Michael Stensland and producer Ben Baker, the duo boasts a dynamic and energy-filled performance that blends pop, rock, and electronic elements, resulting in a sound that’s uniquely their own. Formed in 2019 and proudly independent, the duo writes, produces, mixes, and masters tracks from their home studio in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Their music gained momentum in 2020 with the release of their single “Overthinking” which received support from top 40 radio station 101.1 WIXX, hitting #1 on Christmas Eve of 2020. Subsequent singles “Bad Type” and “Hotel Rooms” also received full rotation status, with “Hotel Rooms” charting at #88 on US top 40 radio and hitting #1 on 101.1 WIXX.
The Astronomers began 2023 with their first headline tour across the Midwest in support of their debut album The Occasion, culminating in performances on The Rock Boat XXII festival at sea. The festival, which set sail from Miami to the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas saw The Astronomers playing alongside national acts American Authors, LIT, Neon Trees, and more.
Following the release of the first two singles from their fourth chapter of music, “Orange Afternoon” and “Last Call”, the Wisconsin-based duo is set to kick off their West Coast tour in June of 2023. With their undeniable talent, captivating live performances, and authentic sound, it’s only a matter of time before The Astronomers becomes a household name.
The 2021 release "Cross My Heart I Hope U Die" established Meg Smith as an exciting talent to watch. Now at almost 10 million streams, the bewitching pop break-up anthem was featured on numerous Spotify playlists.
Her most recent single "Joni" was featured on Spotify's Sad Hour, New Music Friday UK, and Next Gen Singer-Songwriter. Smith’s Rom-Com Pop EP, released in February, is a collection of songs that sound like the soundtrack to an early 00s rom-com. The songs were featured on New Music Friday USA, as well as various New Music Fridays around the globe.
Her debut single "Cross My Heart I Hope U Die" is the theme of EZRA, the popular LGBTQ+ Vampire series on Apple TV. Smith appeared in Season 1 and is expected to appear in Season 2. The song is also featured in season 2 of Ginny and Georgia on Netflix.