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So where to after radio? How do I find new music? Well... until very recently, I've not been entirely sure.
As time went by, and people started to realise just how lucrative the downloadable-music industry could be, PeopleSound - and other similar websites - started to become less about the new and/or unsigned acts that wanted to promote themselves, and more about existing acts that could buy up some feature space. And so I found myself moving away from such sites.
There are still sites out there that are doing something similar, and even offering more by allowing the artists to sell their music directly to the consumer. But whilst you can browse genres, or see who is currently the highest rated, I don't find it easy to find something that I enjoy. I could trawl through Bandcamp.com for hours and still not feel like I've discovered something golden.
And so, despite the plethora of music-promoting/selling websites that continue to pop up, I've found myself actually going back to the old-fashioned way - albeit with a little Internet-quirk: individual recommendation. Except, it isn't just the case of having a friend with similar tastes say to me, "Hey! Have you heard of a band called...?".
No. This is how I've found new music recently:
- A band I already enjoy used Twitter to mention a group that they've just begun listening to.
- An artist I already like tweeted about how he enjoys the work of his newest label-mates
- A friend on Facebook is in a band of his own, and mentioned the other bands he is sharing a gig with.
- Facebook's ticker showed me that a friend was using Spotify to listen to an artist I hadn't heard before.
No doubt these methods aren't exactly new and I'm sure many people have been using Twitter (and similar sites) to find new music for quite some time now. But for me it's a new place, and new way, to explore.
"If your life had lyrics, would they be any good?" - Doug Coupland