Have you ever been bored with the songs that you keep listening to everyday? It might have started off to be something incredible to your ears, playing it on repeat for a whole week perhaps, but in the long run, your ears get tired, and you think ‘let’s move on’.
However, it’s not the same listening to music that’s not of the same genre. You want to listen to something similar as your favourite song, but you don’t want to listen to it over again. That’s when you’ve decided to discover new music, but hold up, you don’t know where to start.
Don’t you worry, that is particularly why this post exists. The 5 tools below can help you discover new music, or even bands, that’s similar to your current favourite. If something completely new is what you want, don’t fret, it’ll still help you out too.
Indie Shuffle is a site where you can discover indie music - be it in rock, hip hop, experimental, or whatever you like. All you have to do is click on the genre tab, and the radio for that genre will start up. Not just that, the radio will not stop playing nor pause even if you click on another tab, so that’s an ultimate plus point. If you’re on-the-go, the Indie Shuffle app is available for both iPhone and Android devices, so music browsing will always be a swipe away.
8tracks is all about playlists made by users all over the world. In 8tracks, you can search for the genre or the band that you want. The duration of each playlist depends on the user - where some might have 8 songs in it, while others have 100 over songs. If you sign up, or login with your Facebook account, you’re able to create playlists of your own, which adds fun as well.
Just like 8tracks and Indie Shuffle, Spotify supports playlist-making, and radio-listening based on genre, or a particular artiste. However, the only downside of being a free user is that you have to go through seconds of advertisement after listening for a duration of time, which can cause you to lose the music mood. Despite that, Spotify requires to be downloaded, so it’s easier for you to reach out to music, rather than accidentally closing the tab on your browser.
Soundcloud allows you to listen to what’s trending. If trending is not what you fancy, you can always explore through different genres. Soundcloud is a track by track stream, and playlists can only be found if you’re specific in your search. If you like to discover new bands, Soundcloud would be the best, because that’s where they go to expose their produce.
YouTube is not just a site to watch videos, but it’s a great way to discover music as well. Every time you watch a music video, there will be a pop up of a music video by another artiste. Aside from that, the right tab will show artistes from the same record label, or similar artistes in terms of genre. That’s where you choose to click if you think the artiste is worth a listen. If they are, it’s easy for you to just search for them on YouTube’s search engine, and listen to their music then.
Voila! There’s probably many other music discovering tools and sites that I’m not aware of, but if you have any that works for you and you want to share, just give us a shout. Till then, happy discovering your next favourite song!
Photo credit: Indie Shuffle, 8tracks, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube