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Thanks who you want, it's Friday... 😀
That means it's time for a new Question Of The Week.
What is your favorite way for discovering new music ?
Don't hesitate to add a new song released today as it's New Music Friday.
Enjoy your week...
Personally, I have many ways for discovering New Music. First of all I am going to eliminate what is absolutly not useful for me. I mean playlists like official Spotify New Music Friday or Discover Weekly are mostly full of what I usually rarely listening because is too much bad mainstream music.
Playlist Release Radar was interesting when it has been created, but since some time, it's not relevant anymore as almost half of the songs are one week old, and it contains also remastered or remixed songs which, for me, are not new releases.
I know, I am picky 😁
My favorite ways are some trustful sources among some online music magazines and some few people I trust. But, before all, my favorite way is an excessive use of my ears listening all what I can find here and there by digging the new releases. 😂
Here is a song released today from the new album of the British band Metronomy...
Nice to hear about your secrets @Soundofus! 😄
I always say there’s no such thing as bad music, it might just not be your taste! 😉
Well, that was just a few "secrets" I have some others but I don't talk about 🤣
And yes, "bad" is maybe not the appropriate word but you can classify under that all what is made without creativity but just following a "receipe" working, unfortunately, all over the world...
I can give you an example of a receipe : a young teen girl around 18, lightly dressed, surrounded by other similar teens dancing on a video, singing a song built on some basic chords..
Of course you can have the same receipe adapted for teen boy. All will be in the hair cut with a cleverly arranged lock of hair above the eyes... 😂
It sounds like clichés.. that's true.. but I could also develop the receip based on tattoos.., or the receipe based on bad boy/girl look, etc... 😂
Great question, @Soundofus!
Similarly to @Hubo, I’d say that as of late, the greatest source of music discoveries for me has been recommendations from friends (usually @StompingLlama).
I also sometimes discover music from periodically checking out playlists that I follow on Spotify (or that I find while browsing the “Discovered on” sections of artist pages on the desktop app); and less frequently, from the "Album picks" section of the Home screen.
I also haven’t had very much luck with discovering music that I like in my Discover Weekly playlist as of late (although to be fair, I haven't been checking it every week). However, I do occasionally find new music that I like in my Release Radar playlist.
Good morning from the EST!
I have several sources of discovering new music:
1) The number one source used to be "Friend Activity", it's still a great source as I've been able to contact most of my friends who listen regularly. Certain people have certain tastes and its such a unique feature and the place I've found most of my new music.
2) Shazam has also been a savior; I rock climb regularly and the gym is always playing unique music, so I nab it up with Shazam. I really like the feature with Spotify that saves Shazam "Shazams" as a playlist.
3) Discover Weekly and Release Radar are a tie for 3rd place, I even follow a few friends "Release Radars"
4) Lastly, the "Browse All" section after clicking the Search button is a last resort; sometimes I check Charts or New Releases, it's rare but still a nice feature of Spotify.
As for new music Friday, I've been eating up the new Big Thief album "Dragon New Warm Mountain I believe In You"
This is my favourite song from the set:
Have a great weekend everyone!
Hi Soundofus! Excellent Question, these are a few strategies for discovering new music that I found helpful.
A common way is listening to user created playlists. Choosing the right playlist can be overwhelming at times but If you navigate over to your favorite Artists and scroll down to “Discovered On” you’ll find great playlists. Take in consideration it only works on Desktop unfortunately. 😕
Another trick is to check “More Recommended Songs” at the bottom of your playlist, new songs will appear by selecting refresh. Discovery Weekly can also help you find new music so check back every Monday.
I mostly get recommendations from my friends and siblings. But I also love to look around and find something new! I like one thing Spotify should add a “I am feeling… buttons” to find something to vibe to.
I'd say following favourite artists on social media and keeping a watch for whatever they may recommend is nice, but what really trumps it for me is being a member of communities that are very open-minded about music. Three record label servers, two servers of music-loving friends and a last.fm community server offer all so much that i simply have no time (and energy) for anything else.
Hundreds of (thematic) playlists put together by users, album listening parties, people going "This released today and it is awesome" across all kinds of genres :')
It is tricky to find a server that feels cozy enough. Public servers are the kind of places you should avoid by all means, i feel.
Going through new additions in my favourite genre playlists made by everynoise.com is another method that I (perhaps lazily) like to take on. As well as playlists held by artists whose music tastes I'm fond of.
I do all sorts of things. From going to similar artists to the New Albums section, to Release Radar and Discover Weekly, but I find myself getting bored or annoyed by the fact there is not really a good way to keep on listening. All these methods seem to "wear out" at some point.
After complaining to my friends about it, I figured why not create a solution instead and share it with you guys and gals here on the platform. So that's what I did. I just submitted by idea through the Idea section and you can read more about it here if you're interested: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Idea-Submissions/Mobile-Discover-Generator-for-automagic-playlist-c...
As the title suggests, it's basically a playlist generator, but can be fine-tuned based on preferred familiarity and release date.
Would you want to use this feature if it were to become available in Spotify tomorrow? 🙂 Let me know what you think.
So yeah, that would probably be my preferred method of discovering new music.
I often look at my favorite artist radio. I’ll also look at my daily mixes
I like to choose a song that I like and get on the radio for that song or artist.
In this way, I find both novelties and classics, which I would not otherwise have known about.
🇧🇷Eu gosto de escolher uma música que gosto e entrar na rádio dessa música ou do artista. Dessa maneira, encontro tanto novidades como clássicos, que de outo modo não teria conhecimento
So far, I usually listen to playlists. However, the thing that I find very limiting and quite frankly frustrating is the fact that I only see playlists owned by Spotify.
I always considered Spotify to be quite diverse and open minded, but nowadays it seems like they are using their power to provide playlists filled with their preferred music, which I believe is not a very user-centered approach.
Therefore I would argue that Spotify would benefit from more community, co-creation and social interaction. Needless to say, it should not become a full-blown social media platform, but at least shouldn't build a "walled garden".
I want to delete this comment, but there seems no way to do so... 😞
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