Trick how to find new artists

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Trick how to find new artists

sakrauz3
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Hello, 
the most I love in music is to discover some new artist. (that I haven't heard yet)
When I hear someone new and I liked it, I go through the albums, usually from the oldest to hear the evolution, read the bio on wiki, google the interviews and other information.

At the beginning, spotify helped me to discover pile of absolutely amazing artists/bands, all completely new to me. I was so thrilled. I couldn't wait to Monday for the next Discover weekly.

 

 But I am bit struggling to discover new artists in these days. 

Are there any other "new artist freak" or just more adventurous users out there who has some good trick how to discover not heard artist? 

 

I am thinking of some spotify app that goes through my playlists or even listen history and offers me some "similar artists" or just songs from the artists I haven't heard yet.

 

What I used to use to discover new music, but mostly does not offer me any new artists any more:

- I loved the discover weekly, but my contains only one genre now, but I listen to dozens of different genres and want to hear new artists from them too. Also even within the one genre, it is way off my taste now. I don't even play it any more as I could not remember I heard something interesting new there.
- All the Daily mix do offer only well known, already heard artists
- I really enjoyed the Tastebreakers playlist, but that is once per year, please spotify do it every week or somehow on demand - already posted as an idea https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/All-Platforms-Discover-Tastebreakers-Weekly/idi-p/462711...
- Release radar contains new songs from already known artists by design, so useless for this
- Can't use any of the new releases playlist as I don't like pop, hip-hop and other mainstream
- I discovered a few artists by manually searching for public playlists using google as suggested in https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Discover-Find-public-Playlists-that-contain-Song-Artist/...
- There is usually no new artists using the "Create Similar Playlist" as that is usually filled by the same bands/artists but different song

 

Please help me to find a way how to discover new artists, maybe different streaming service has something better for this purpose? Please help, do you have any trick?

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Re: Trick/a way how to find new artists

Rock Star 16
Rock Star 16

Hey @sakrauz3 

 

Well, same goes for me, I don't really go to Discover Weekly or Release Radar to listen to new artists specifically. Spotify seems a little afraid to introduce me to anything else but Ninja Tune roster (&related), I don't know why. :')

 

What I do to find new artists:

1. I follow labels that put out a lot of interesting music. They often have an account on Spotify where they also create playlists by theme or compilations of favourites made by an artist on the label.

Keeping your eye on the labels on social media can be useful too as often they mention other labels or artists they like.

2. Follow artists you love on social media. For same reasons as with labels.

3. Joining music-related discord servers or subreddits. I'm on discord server for r/music and I also am a member of the Official Amon Tobin Group on facebook - there is this weekly #promoday thing and I run a Spotify playlist consisting of songs posted under the hashtag.

4. From the aforementioned places or somewhere else you might find friends with interesting musical tastes. Ping them!

(sometimes I succeed finding discover weekly playlists some of my friends and label-guys have. I then follow...)

 

That has been rather sufficient for me at least. :)

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Re: Trick/a way how to find new artists

sakrauz3
Regular

Hello Sebasty, thank you for your great comment.

Following label is very good idea, I really don't follow them at all, I will definitely give it a shot

 

But thank you very much for mentioning the friend's discover weekly. That is very good point and it brought me interesting spotify related idea.

 

Many of the users's discover weekly lists are public and google crawls them. So in fact you can construct google search that will show you other's discover weekly playlists that contains for example artist or song you really like. Like for example:
["the olllam"] ["discover weekly"] inurl:playlist site:spotify.com

Link to the search

 

Unfortunately the scrapping interval is shallow, so the actual discover weekly where the song was present is usually gone. But you will get the Discover weekly lists for people where spotify thinks they like song/artist you like :)

 

Will try to hear a few and update here if it was a good idea or dead end.

Re: Trick how to find new artists

bloodycartoons
Music Fan
tbh idj if i can help you but i recently discovered this guy at only 250 listeners. His project is really good! cool name to https://open.spotify.com/artist/1grDYgCVI41obAWMj4MvZV?si=7lTMJg7JTguZ_TxVxqVKQA

Re: Trick how to find new artists

sakrauz3
Regular

Hello bloodycartoons, rap and such kind music is not really my cup of tea, but thank you for you comment.

 

The other's Discover weekly playlist trick really worked and I found an another very good band I had no idea. It looks very promising and I found also very interesting accounts, that has slightly different taste than me, but I enjoyed most of the songs.

Please, anybody else has any trick how to discover new music (using spotify or something else)?

Thanks

Re: Trick how to find new artists

TreyAnastasio
Composer

On the Spotify desktop client, I often browse the playlists listed under “Discovered On” for artists that I like; oftentimes the curators of these playlists have also included artists of similar genres that I haven't yet listened to.

 

Sometimes Spotify also presents new artists of the genres I listen to in the “Discover” section of "Browse" (“Top recommendations for you” or “Similar to (artist that I already listen to)”); but usually I already know about most of the artists that they present there.

 

Other than Spotify, I follow a few people on Last.fm with similar musical taste to myself (you can find people to follow with high musical compatibility using the "Neighbors" tab); I check their profiles often to see what bands they’re listening to, and sometimes there are artists of the genres that I like that I haven’t listened to myself. I think I’ve found a lot of bands through Last.fm that I wouldn’t otherwise have known about just using Spotify. (I also like Last.fm because it allows users to keep track of how often they've listened to each artist, album, and track; and you can connect Spotify to Last.fm to keep track of your listening habits on Spotify this way.)

 

I also occasionally check a blog/music review website called The Obelisk that specializes in “heavy” music: mostly stoner rock, heavy psych, etc. since I tend to enjoy these genres. Another similar one is called morefuzz.net, which I also check on occasion. There may be blog/music review websites for the genres that you like; I found these two by accident by just Google searching for reviews of albums that I like.

Re: Trick how to find new artists

Claudio_Pelli
Gig Goer
Hola Stack3!
Interesante tu pregunta.
No se que estilo de música te gusta, pero me tomé el atrevimiento de dejarte algo de lo que hago desde Argentina. Esta es mi música instrumental y me gustaría saber que opinas. Abrazo grande!
https://open.spotify.com/artist/20BN11cMfiTnupnBwiLFfL?si=iQaPEtuZQ6Spfeg1dHUyBA

Re: Trick how to find new artists

sakrauz3
Regular

Hello @TreyAnastasio

yes, I loved last.fm. I actually still scrobbling there, but it used to be much more better and "find new music" oriented before. Funny, I could not find the neighbours there, that is why I haven't used it for a years. After you comment I clicked everywhere. For those who is looking where they hidden it :)

click to your icon (top right corner) -> View profile -> More ... -> Neighbours

Thanks so much for it! 

 

Unfortunately spotify presents only still the same artists/bands again and again in mine Discover tab and playlists. That is actually what initiated this thread, because I realized I haven't hit any new good music for very long time using just spotify. I can still see gap in the app spotify market :) Just something like list of songs from artists that are not in your playlists/history and not in the "do not listen again" list. But maybe the spotify api does not allow anything like that, will have to try to find some doc.

 

Searching for the pages by album's review to find some interesting genre specific zin is a good idea too.

 

Thank you all for good tips!

 

Re: Trick/a way how to find new artists

sakrauz3
Regular

Hello @Sebasty again,
I am currently sick at home, I have spent a few hours browsing through other's Discover weekly playlists. It is funny, I found bunch of users that have such great Discovery weekly, uncomparable better than me :) And what is best, it has changed today, so I have a few Discover weekly lists that I actually like now. Thank you so much that you brought this idea

Re: Trick how to find new artists

floydpepper2005
Gig Goer
Hi sakrauz3, we have just released our debut album yesterday, please see the first track at the link below.
Hope you like it!
https://open.spotify.com/track/4eqqVvmtmyY2EMlKzjRnot

Take care, Gael @faiblesseparfaite
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