Hey y'all! Feel like you've been listening to the same few songs over and over
? It's the worst. We've put together a few ways to find music so give them a whirl and hopefully you'll put an end to that dry spell of new music.
1. Stream Services' discover playlists and related artists sections.
Both Spotify and Apple music curate playlists based on your play history and in my personal experience, it's led me to discover some pretty great music. Also, every artist on these stream services has related artists linked to their profile, so if you're looking for a similar but new sound, you should definitely check them out. It feels invasive that we're constantly under surveillance of algorithms and what have you, but it's part of the deal so why not make claim to all its rewards?
2. Check out online communities.
You may have a few online sites that you go to that have an active community whether it be message boards or an active comments section. Some of these places can be a great way to see what your peers are listening to and possibly discover your next favorite band. One great place that consistently puts up new and interesting music is r/Music on Reddit
. Last.fm is also good for this.
3. Ask a friend!
Usually, we have some overlap in interests with those we call our friends. If someone's your friend you probably respect their interests, and that includes the music they listen to. Besides, I'm sure they would be honored to have someone interested in something they like. It's a win-win for everybody.
4. Go to a random local show.
Don't plan it out. Just go. As soon as possible. Look up some nearby venues and find the next show you can go to. Preferably a cheaper venue as there's a good chance you might not like it. Some of the best music we discover in life is something we never set out to hear. It finds us as much as we find it. Yeah, you might not like it, but try going to a show that wasn't researched endlessly to death with a positive mindset and I'm willing to bet you'll be surprised.
5. Do some window shopping.
Go to the store (preferably a local store in-person, but Amazon works if that isn't an option) and look at the albums on display. Sometimes this can be a great way of jogging your memory of an artist that you had always meant to listen to but forgot about. It can also be fun just picking out an album based on its cover. The idiom only applied to books anyhow.
Give that all a go and you'll be jamming along to new tunes in no time.