The Holy Grail
Finding new music has been made a lot easier than when I was a kid. No more waiting to see what Sounds recommended once a week. No more need to depend on enthusiastic friends guaranteeing satisfaction only to be dejected - and ten quid worse off.
The quest for the Holy Grail of new music does, however, require discipline. There is a structure. A process. It is, my friends, an investigation. And I have quite some history in that department (another story). If you want to find anything you need to have a method. Sites like Any Decent Music are brilliant, but if you want to dig deeper you have to be a bit more proactive. Today, right here, I'm going to share my method with you. If you're a serious music hunter, read on.
Step One - Get Spotify
Okay, so step one. Get Spotify. You can now listen to every song as often as you like with no limits. Yeah you get adverts if you don't pay for Premium, but you can't argue with free.
Right, you have Spotify? Then we'll begin. I'm taking it you know what music you actually like? If you only like one artist, that'll do.
|From Genesis to revelations.....|
I've gone with Genesis. You don't like Genesis? There's no accounting for taste darling. Okay, okay...look at the Spotify screen shot on the right. Nice photo of Phil, Mike and Tony etc...But also on that shot there's a tab towards the bottom called 'Related Artists'.
That's a good first port of call to find other stuff you might like. Click on it.
Hidden musical gems
You should now be looking at a page listing the artists linked to the ones you like. And in my case, that means a list that includes Marillion
|Genesis-alike rockers: Marillion|
Yes, Spotify is good at making recommendations, but it has it's limitations.
Sometimes as you'll see in a minute, it's just not very accurate...so you have to think outside the box. Think of new ways to make connections on your journey to those hidden musical gems.
Click on the band that you fancy searching. When I do that with Marillion it brings up the following window...
|Marillion and Popular on the same page..well I never.|
|Prog revival short lived? Surely not....|
|from Vigil to Feast...the Fish years Wikipedia style|
|Finding best ever albums? It does exactly what it says on the tin|
|Feast on Amazon....a masterpiece, no less|
|YouTube - an unlikely source of albums|
|Fish in Russia...the Beluga caviar of my quest|
ListenToYouTube.com works really well. You just copy the URL (the webpage address, top left) from any YouTube video, paste it onto the space provided, and it'll quickly give you the entire audio in MP3 format.
Well, my work here is done...You should be able to freely roam the web on the quest for new music, armed with the tools of a seasoned search obsessive. And hey, if you come across new ways and methods, feel free to share.