I was having a great talk with my good friend and musician Roger Wolfson last month and we were discussing the changing face of new music. When we were much younger we would get our new music from the radio, from TV shows and from magazines, yet today’s world is much different to the one which we grew up in. Whilst radio and television do of course still exist, those new music shows aren’t what they once were, and with more music coming out than ever before, how can we possibly keep up? Roger and I pooled our resources and here is how we go about getting our new music.
Spotify is still one of the best places to get new music and that is because of the community nature of the platform. Because of the fact that everyone can create their own playlists, you have some of the most on-the-pulse men and women who are sharing the hottest acts and the freshest new music. Spotify themselves also offer up plenty of playlists with the newest songs on. A really cool feature which you should remember on Spotify is the ‘fans also like’ section, this can help you to discover some great music which is similar to what you already enjoy.
Magazines are not what they once were but that is not to say that they no longer serve purpose because they absolutely do. The biggest difference with magazines these days is that they can be found online rather than in print format. Furthermore most magazines have now spread their wings so that now they cover an enormous range of topics and issues. There are however some great music magazines which you can follow that will breakdown the new and the hottest artists who are coming out.
Social Media Follows
Social media, which seems to be the answer for everything these days, is a greta place to get new music. This is because, similar to those creating the Spotify playlists, there are many people who are active on social media and who are sharing the best new music that they think you should be listening. If you want to get the best out of this then it makes sense to follow people within certain genres rather than looking at following someone who will offer general opinions. One great way that I have tried using social media is to simply ask what the freshest new music is and see what people respond, this works surprisingly well.
Shazam is arguably the greatest app that has ever been invented and it allows you the chance to hear a song and find out what it is straight away. This is great if you hear a song on a TV show or a movie, or perhaps in the background in a store. If you do not have Shazam yet, then I would urge you to download it as soon as you possibly can, it is fantastic.
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