Discovering New Music

Music is a basic element of everyday life. Whether on the radio or in that dirty and slightly awkward elevator, it illuminates the world. There is a massive collection waiting to be discovered. It is important to have new music in your life.

The basis to discovering new music is to know some of your musical tastes. Gather a piece of paper and a pencil and start writing down some of your musical tastes. You may discover what you like from your personality, your entertainment tastes, your culture and what you enjoy doing.

For example, I love anime and their soundtracks therefore I wrote down Japanese pop. as one of my musical tastes. I also play trumpet in a jazz band, so I wrote down jazz music that features the trumpet as one of my tastes

Once you have an idea of what you like, decide on where you want to start. Your decision could be specific (e.g. jazz music featuring the trumpet) or generalized (e.g.electronic house music). Keep in mind who you like in this genre or what you like about it.

Now that you’ve a basic idea on where you want to start exploring, the fun begins. There are many ways that I use to discover new music on a weekly basis. My favorite method is the Pandora online radio. It allows you to select artists, songs or genres that you enjoy and it plays music that is similar to what you’ve selected. The system the developers have used brilliantly selects songs based on their musical properties and backgrounds. It is simple and free at Pandora.com. Listening to your local radio is not a bad idea either. I am aware that mainstream music is not appealing to everyone. However, if you give it a chance you might find one or two songs you really enjoy. If you’re not liking a certain station simply switch to another one that inherits more of your tastes.

If you have a mobile device, I recommend getting shazam or soundhound. These apps allow you to record music that is currently playing and identifies them for you. I like to keep shazam handy whenever I am listening to the radio or going to a place where I won’t be able to identify music. The “Discovr Music” app is another tool that I use. “Discovr Music” functions on a graphical web system. You start with an artist or band then the app will give you the names of artists that are similar. The app will also give you an option to view some of their most popular songs.

I recommend trying a variety of genres of music. Don’t be afraid to take adventures in this massive world. Try music in different languages, different musical systems, different countries etc..

Where To Find The Best New Music Releases

If you appreciate good music and have a good ear for music, you have no doubt, felt rather frustrated with the new music releases that the record companies and main stream media have been serving up. The music industry, for quite some time now, has been unwilling to take a chance on anything that is really new. It works with what it considers to be tried and true formulas that work in marketing music. This focus is mostly on image and packaging. Now you don’t even have a band or artist that does their own writing but the industry tends to work with its own song writers and then puts together a pretty boy band, for example, and coaches them into an act. The result is plainly stultifying.

The effort is to shift attention away from the music and on to the dancing and the overall image but many people still respond to good music when offered up. But where can one find the best new music releases?

I once ran an internet radio station and I decided that, rather than musical artists being able to pay for plays, or the most voted for artists getting the most plays or artists being able to pay for greater exposure, I would personally review each submission and make the choices myself. The idea was to create a personality who was a critic and mogul. His name was Fritz Kundler and soon Fritz was getting submissions from independent musical artists all around the world.

I was frankly amazed at the amount of high quality and original music there was from un-signed artists. Fritz did interviews and many bands and musical artists had similar stories to one in particular who, at one time, had a contract with Columbia Records. This female artist told of how Columbia Records once had many different divisions for many diverse musical genres but these all got shut down and they informed her that they were shelving her music and not going to do anything with it but she could not have it back either. She got a lawyer and got her music back and has gone independent.

So, if you are interested in finding the best new music releases, you will need to take a little time and explore some music sites to find something you really like. But it’s a fun journey of exploration and there is quite a lot of good stuff there that you won’t hear on the mainstream media.

Why You Should Buy New Music Online

There has been a lot of discussion about the changes in the music business with the advent of the internet. Here are some important things to consider about this new business model for musical artists. First of all there has been a lot of talk about how this has ‘hurt’ the record companies but one must stop and think if the record companies have really served the best interests of the listeners.

This industry went from a willingness to take chances on a new artist to only banking on a what they believed to be a sure thing. For a band to get a record contract they needed to have already done the work of building up their fan base. Kind of like getting a loan at a bank; if you don’t need it, fine, you can probably get it but, if you need it, you probably won’t get it. It was really just a way for a musical artist to go into debt to the company because it had its own producers and recording studios which it charged an unbelievable amount of money to the artist or band for and then that all came back out of the artist’s royalties.

Now the situation is even worse because the record companies engineer a group and create a false popular demand for it through their media hype. Meanwhile the music offered to the listening public remains essentially the same decade after decade.

Now, if you are happy with what the record companies serve up, all well and good, but if you are among those who enjoy something truly new and different, where are you going to find that? Well the internet, of course and all the independent bands that will be found there. And this is why you should support this new business model and buy new music online from your favorite new bands.

There is a large faction that uses the internet that thinks that everything on the internet should be free but, in reality, nothing on the internet is free and why should music be? People think that musicians are happy just to play their music but what you are really doing when you don’t buy new music online and support your favorite musical artists, is casting a vote for the old business model to return. You force musical artists to try and go through the record companies and give them control of what you can listen to.