Thursday, 12 April 2018

How To Discover New Music

How To Discover New Music
If you've read any of my previous music posts, you'll know that on my phone, I have a 'Favourites Playlist'. Whenever I hear a song I like whether it's on TV, the radio, an album, you name it, I'll add it to the playlist. Now, unless I'm in the gym or getting ready to head out, it's very rare that I'll sit and listen to music for long periods of time. Because of that, I find myself listening to the same 6 songs at the top of my playlist all of the time. That was until a few days ago when I did something wild, I put the playlist on shuffle.

I know what you're thinking, that's not a big deal, but for me it really is. I don't shuffle music in my own playlists. I don't know why, I think I just like the idea of knowing what's coming on next but back to my point, some absolute gems that had been stashed away at the bottom were all of a sudden filling my dressing room. It was brilliant. 

So, after rediscovering my love for Thirty Seconds To Mars and Imagine Dragons, I actually wanted to talk how you can discover new music.

Find similar artists Sounds pretty obvious but I really underestimated how good 'See similar artists' sections on Google and the like can be. I remember back in the day to when I got my first iPod - a bright pink Nano - iTunes brought out Genius which would basically play a song and then afterwards, play one that went well with it. I'm pretty sure it wasn't *always* accurate but it was pretty cool and got me really excited about what it would come up with. 

Learn an instrument I have always wanted to learn how to play guitar for no reason other than I think it's really cool. I tried teaching myself from tabs back in my teens while my friend Laura took lessons but, of course, it didn't go well. These days there are services online offering lessons over Skype and so many Youtube videos right at our fingertips - Definitely a step up from Guitar Hero which, spoiler alert, I'm also terrible at. 

Stream music I'm quite happy to admit that some of my most well spent money each month is on my Deezer subscription. I use it every single day and listening through the Flow playlist has brought so many artists to my attention that I wouldn't necessarily have heard of before. Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music offer similar services and, like Deezer, curate mixes and playlists of music they think you'll like to hear based on what you currently listen to. 

I'd love to know how you discover new music and what you've been listening to lately!

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