Back in the days before the internet new music was easily accessible through cool radio shows and music magazines. Things have changed a lot now and it has never been easier to listen to new music. Something which many have problems with however is actually finding that new music to listen to, simply because things just aren’t as they once were. I am very lucky to have a DJ friend Ahmed Nashaat who is always the first to put me on to new music, but if you don’t have a friend who can help, how do you go about it? If you have a desire to listen to new artists and albums, here is how you can find them.
Social media is a brilliant way of discovering new artists and new music, the key is in how you use it. For me the best social media platform for this is Twitter, and the reason being is that you can follow a huge range of industry insider, record company executives and influential people in the music industry. These men and women often share exciting new bands and artists to check out. Even if you search the term ‘new music’ you can find a wealth of great tips and exciting new music which you can sample.
Believe it or not many magazines still exist, the only difference being that they have stopped producing the glossy magazine in favor of an online version. There are many famous music magazines like Rolling Stone and NME who have their finger on the pulse of the music scene and what new artists are coming out. Some of these magazines do charge a subscription for premium content and in my view it is well worth it.
Festivals are a great place to discover new music, the key is that you actually do it rather than just going to see the bands which you already know. Every festival has a smaller tent where they give opportunities to new musicians and artists, if you spend a couple of hours in there you will get the chance to hear these new artists live, the best way to see whether or not you like them.
Focus on Discovery
Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify have many playlists which feature the newest and hottest music. The important thing for you to do is to actually give them a try, rather than simply going back to those playlists which you already know and love. The best bit about this is that it drills down into the genre of the music so if you want to hear the newest rappers, folk singers or rock bands, you can look specifically for these types of artists. Very often those that feature on those playlists are artists who the record company is trying to push, which can be a good indicator of their quality.
Things have changed, but there are still many ways in which you can find new artists.
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