How do you find your music?
My intention this week is to get you to look for new ways to source music. Surely we all have ways of finding fresh tracks, but I assume a lot of these processes are habits. Being resourceful is key – you find tracks you wouldn’t otherwise, and before the competition. This dynamic applies equally to producers and sampling (and perhaps I will do a future entry on resourceful sampling).
Protip: Even if tracks you find aren’t released yet keep mental/physical note or subscribe via email updates.
Here are some potentially under-utilized resources to get your digi-fix:
- Searching charts (on RA / Beatport / Juno etc.)
- Directly from artists (helps if you share first)
- Soundcloud (hint: use the search button for remixes etc.)
- Alternative download stores (ie: Bleep & Boomkat)
- Bandcamp (gaining momentum)
- Radio/livestream (Boilerroom/rinse.fm and such – people often ID tunes in the chat)
- Online music magazines (XLR8R / Fact / Bigup / Resident Advisor etc)
The Glory of Bloglines
Do you hate using bookmarks to check five hundred blogs for new tracks? Do you feel like you’re always forgetting a few sites that you know have good stuff? Well condense your effort and keep up to date much more efficiently with a feed aggregator like Bloglines.
Bloglines allows you to collectively view web content such as news headlines, blogs, podcasts, and vlogs in a single location. Create tabs, follow some RSS feeds (here’s the RSS feed for Sound Movement), then flip through the tabs and have all of your favorite blogs on one screen. This helps streamline your track selection and speeds things WAY up. Keep your eye on the “Free” “and DL” titles too. The days of checking blog by blog through bookmarks or memory are over.
- Dedicate some time to consistently looking through alternative means
- Share any you find useful in the comments below: