How To Find New Rock MusicPosted by Mike Schumacher
Finding new music is pretty easy if you know what genres sound good together and which artists belong to which genre. If you have never listened to any of these things, that is totally fine! There are many great sites with categorized lists of songs, albums, and musicians.
You can use this article as a starting point for finding new music. In fact, there’s a link here where you can get some free song recommendations!
There are also plenty of ways to listen to music beyond just using your phone or computer. You can find music anywhere from headphones to earbuds to larger speakers. Some people even like listening to the radio!
This article will go more in depth about other ways to discover new music.
Become a fan on social media
Finding new music is mostly about listening to what people like and giving those songs a try. You can’t go wrong with that!
Social media is an incredible tool for this. Online music communities are a great way to get inspired and learn of new bands or musicians.
By being part of these communities, you will be exposed to not only what artists other members listen to, but also what merchandise they pre-order, what sites and apps they recommend for music listening, and so on.
These touches can help direct your own buying habits and inspire you to pick up some things yourself.
And while it may feel overwhelming at first to join all of these groups, most offer easy ways to connect which can slowly guide you into exploring the community more.
Try new restaurants
One of the best ways to discover new music is by trying different types of cuisine or environments. If you are hungry, there’s an app for that! You can order food or drink through the internet or via your phone, track what you ordered and how it tasted to determine if there are any similarities in styles or artists.
There are several sites where you can find new bands by looking at their reviews. Some give credit to why they like a band or song, so do yours research!
You can also listen to songs without paying for them – this is called earbud mode.
Go to new events
Finding new music is mostly about going out and listening to things, so attending events or buying albums is your best bet if you want to keep up with what’s happening in the world of music.
Many people start exploring different genres by seeking out live performances, supporting artists, or finding album re-releases that feature songs similar to newer works.
These are all great ways to find new music!
Finding new bands can also be as simple as looking at YouTube for performance videos and studying their styles. Some musicians will make an effort to connect with their audience, so look out for opportunities to speak with them.
And don’t forget about using paid apps like Spotify to listen to the radio and discover new music.
Try new drinks
There’s an app for that! By now, most people have heard of Spotify, a music streaming service where you can create playlists and add songs to specific playlist. But what many don’t realize is how easy it is to find new music through the app by creating “drinks.” A drink is just one song mixed into another. For example, if you were listening to something slow before (maybe Drake or Taylor Swift), then try mixing those two songs together and see what kind of effect they have on your mood or genre.
There are several apps with free and paid versions that allow you to make these drinks. Some even have features like matching album artwork and lyrics so that you know what the song sounds like. All of this helps in giving you a better understanding of the artist and their style, which helps you get more connected to them as someone who knows what they sound like.
Try making some quick mixes using one of these apps and see what effects they have on yourself and other genres.
Try new foods
One of the most important things you can do as an artist is try new things! As a musician, there are so many different instruments and styles that it’s easy to get comfortable in one area.
By trying other areas of music, you expose yourself to new sounds and concepts which may lead to new ideas or even new instrumentations.
As a beginner songwriter, no matter what genre you play, learning about rhythm, melodies, lyrics and structure is essential. By studying other people’s songs, you learn how to apply these tools to your own writing.
What I mean by this is, for example, if someone writes a verse and a chorus with a ton of rhymes and metaphors, they use techniques of poetry. So why not take some time to look at how others write?
You could read popular poems or study poetic form in grammar books. Or you could listen to various types of songs and note how the writers use rhyme, metaphor and tone. All of these examples show how they understand the art of writing!
Your first step should be to pick an area of music you already love and learn all you can about it. For instance, if you like hip hop, then start looking into how artists such as Jay-Z or Drake use style and technique.
Talk to your friends
It’s hard to find new music, but one of the most effective ways is to talk to people about it. Whether you are a rock fan or not, there’s always something someone else in the world loves for a little while.
Ask around whether other people like what you like already, see what songs they listen to, and try to understand why that song speaks to them.
It could be because of the lyrics, the melody, the producer, etc. – take some time to explore all those things, and then add them together!
Or maybe you can learn something totally different by experimenting with other styles. We’re sure you’ll find something you love too.
Use a new app
I’ve got some great tips for you here! First, make sure to use an app that actively helps you find new rock music. There are so many apps these days with different features and functions.
Many have radio stations or playlists built in, making it easy to listen to what others like and learn from that. Some even allow you to create your own station using specific criteria or songs that are already part of the system.
And while they may not be as flashy as some other apps, those who use them really value their efficiency. So whether you have the free version or paid one, there’s definitely something worth trying out.
There you have it — our top tip is to try out Spotify. It has millions of tracks, offers high quality audio, and can easily be accessed via mobile device or computer.
Visit new neighborhoods
Finding new music is all about exposure. You will never know what kind of songs you will find in your repertoire if you do not look outside of your current circle for inspiration.
Music moves people. It can motivate, inspire, and influence people depending on the song, the singer, and the listener.
If you are struggling to find your next favorite song, try looking at different areas or “neighborhoods” as artists call them- where as a member of the community, you can learn something from those places and how they use music to promote themselves.
These types of communities include movie theaters, museums, universities, gyms, shopping districts, and more. By going to these locations frequently, you give yourself an opportunity to hear some of the other things that area promotes.
By listening to the radio in cars, attending concerts, visiting online music stores, and exploring various genres and specific styles, you will always have a way to explore newer music.
There are many ways to expose yourself to new music beyond just listening to it actively.
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