Is music your life? Are you always looking for the perfect tune for the right moment? One of the biggest struggles for music lovers is discovering new music that you like. Thankfully, with a variety of tools and methods, it doesn’t have to be an issue any longer.
Try These 4 Music Discovery Methods
How do you feel when you hear a new song that speaks to you? There’s often a sense of warmth, happiness, and nirvana. For those two or three minutes, everything in the world seems right. There’s a song that perfectly embodies your feelings and sounds like it was composed just for you.
Then, you start to listen to other tracks by the same artist and you realize that they all speak to you in some profound way that brings purpose, significance, and color to your life.
Don’t you wish you could have more of these moments? Sure, friends can suggest new songs and bands, but their tastes aren’t exactly like yours. Plus, there’s more reward in finding music on your own – being able to stake claim to it.
If you’re looking for new music and don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Check out the following tried and true methods that are sure to get you going.
1. Listen to Local University Radio Stations
Have you ever tuned into a local university radio station? The production quality generally leaves much to be desired, but there is one reason to occasionally tune in: The radio DJs do a good job of selecting new music that isn’t popular yet. They’ll occasionally play some mainstream artists, but most of the songs are from underground bands and up and coming artists who are searching for their big break.
So, if you’re tired of listening to the local top-100 hits station that keeps playing Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, switch over to that local university station and see what’s playing. The best time is to tune in late at night or early in the morning. At these hours, you’re guaranteed to hear some unique music.
2. Access Music Review Sites
If you don’t have a ton of time to listen to local university radio stations or spend hours experimenting with new bands, you can benefit from occasionally checking out music review sites and blogs. The folks on these sites have already done the heavy lifting for you by listening to all of the latest releases and new bands to bring you the best of what’s being played.
You’ll probably do best to find a niche review site that fits your musical tastes, but consider bookmarking sites like The Quietus and Pitchfork. Here, you can get a lot of good general reviews on an array of music.
3. Download the Right Apps
There are actually a ton of different apps that you can download to your smartphone in order to discover and share music. Here are a few to keep in mind:
- Music Messenger. The problem with sharing music is that it isn’t super easy. You either have to send them the name of a song so that they can look it up on their own, or you have to wait until you’re together to let them listen. With Music Messenger, this all changes. “We aim to improve the way music is shared,” CEO O.D. Kobo says. “If we can make it as easy to message a song as it is to text message, then the possibilities are staggering.
- Soundwave. Essentially a social media platform for music discovery, Soundwave lets you share, in real-time, the music you’re listening to with your followers. It also lets you see what your friends are listening to by giving you a 30-second preview.
- Shazam. By now, most people are familiar with Shazam. If you aren’t, go ahead and download the app. Whenever you a hear a new song on the radio, TV, or playing on the speakers in a store, just click the Shazam button and the app will tell you the name of the song and where you can download it.
There are plenty of other music discovery apps, but these are three of the best. Give them a shot and see what you think.
4. Take a Chance
Sometimes, you just have to be willing to take a chance. If someone asks you to go to a concert and you’ve never heard of the band, don’t immediately write them off. Tag along and enjoy the experience. You never know what you’ll be exposed to and whether you’ll like it. That’s how music discovery works. If you confine yourself to a single genre or group of bands, you’ll miss out on a lot of new opportunities!
Putting it All Together
Music is something that’s highly personal. Even if someone is your best friend, you likely have different tastes. With that being said, you need to make an effort to go out and discover new songs, albums, and bands that you like.
The options are endless – so get started!