Netflix has just released its much-anticipated new music show – the online giant’s first unscripted music show in its roster of innovative programs.

It’s called Westside, and it’s about nine different and extremely talented musicians, each struggling to define and achieve success in the modern music industry.

One of the nine artists is American Idol alum Pia Toscano, who despite having had the chance to hitch on the fame of the most successful music reality show in the US, has fallen off the mainstream entertainment radar.

Meanwhile, there’s also James Byous, whose own Bandcamp account tells you everything you need to know about this folk musician: “After living on the street and selling off slightly less than vital organs to buy his first guitar, he began writing strangely compelling songs and singing them on street corners until he was taken in by a Buddhist monk in 2012.”

Byous and Toscano join seven other aspiring big names in a cross-genre insider’s look at the music industry today, with a focus on how the different factors in these artists’ lives are actually fuelling their need to create and perform music.

Check out the official trailer for Netflix’s Westside:


Unlike other music industry-inspired reality shows that came before it, Westside is being told in the style of a gritty documentary-series.