The search for music that you like, or should I say, music that I like, was often a tedious and frustrating task. As I am sure many of you reading this right now will agree with me. Please allow me to define music the way you like it”.

This goes for music that rejuvenates you, that shows you the bright side of things or situations (that light at the end of the tunnel). This is the stuff that changes moods (from bad to good or vice versa), which can make an insurmountable task insurmountable. Music is deeply emotional, music is compassionate, and the music compliments our lives.

Have you ever found yourself tapping an unfamiliar melody or bar with your hand or foot, but then realized you were doing it and just kept tapping? On those rare occasions when we hear a piece of music that we like and haven’t heard before, and you wonder what the name of that particular piece is, or the artist/artist or album name,

This can be a difficult task depending on the medium in which the new song music has passed through your ear cavity. If it was the radio (air, internet or otherwise), in a passing car, restaurant, lounge, gym, etc., etc. There are so many ways you can get lucky with good new music, or just new music for you. Honestly, if you haven’t heard it before, it’s new to you. Just as a new used car is new to you, you love it just as much.

Well, let’s discuss this process and remove dumb luck from the equation as well. Honestly, how often in your daily travels do you blindly come across great music that you absolutely love? Unless you live in a dorm or have regular clubs and happy hours every day (“ahhhh the good old days”), most people don’t have that time. Some of us have the luxury of working in the entertainment industry or having jobs with great schedules that leave a lot of free time.

Unfortunately, the rest of us have limited time and moderate to a lot of responsibility. Finding new music may have to become a little more deliberate and planned. In other words, an easy and convenient way to find new music regularly!

As you know, most of the new music you hear on mainstream radio is less than appealing. Then those same unappealing songs are played repeatedly. When you hear a song by an artist you like, it gets played so many times that you lose interest. I often wonder, with all this recurring business, how can new good artists even be introduced? I call this the radio loop.

So here are a few ways you can get good music for new songs. Music blogs, social music sites, and music portals can help you find similar artists by genre or category based on your current favorites.

Music blogs.

After you download the track, just listen and give your opinion (your opinion is not required); the beauty of this medium is that it gives you free access to safe music downloads. The artists on display are usually new unknowns, lesser knowns or underground.

Along with the music download, a blog post will accompany the file with some background and bio information about the artist. In most cases, you can see how others have rated it, depending on how new it is. This can be a good indication of whether it is even worth using your ears.

The mp3 downloads are provided by record labels and promotion companies, so the music is legal and free for distribution. Most come from the artists who promote music themselves, so it’s a great way to find real musical treasures.

Some of the music blogs I like are One Track Mind and The Hype Machine, so go check them out. Remember that your opinion is strongly encouraged, so the sites can provide you with new music every day. So don’t forget to vote and rate the songs you like and the ones you don’t. It only takes a few seconds. In an effort to give back when we can, here’s an opportunity to do just that.

Sites for social music, blogs, etc.

These musical communities empower listeners by requiring incumbent independent artists to submit their musical works for evaluation to the communities. The listeners, soon to become fans in some cases, recommend the music they like to others in the community. The benefit of this type of social circle is that you can see what other music listeners liked at a glance. This way, you can add it to your own musical internet jukebox.

My favourite social music sites are The Sixty One and Our Stage.

Music portals:

The main focus for most of these sites is promoting unsigned artists and enabling their music to be heard and gain a fan base. The new music featured here is often unique and original, so listen closely. The premise is that listeners invest in the artists they really like. Once the artist has reached their budget goal, they can record an album professionally. This gives the artist the ability to make their own deals with record labels however they wish. Without the restrictions that apply when recording and marketing claims are made. This in turn allows the artist (s) to maintain creative control and preserve the musical message with direction. Free from the record label’s mainstreaming restrictions. Essentially, you get to hear new music tracks before they go mainstream and before they top the charts.

Check out the Sella Band and Africa Unsigned, great untapped resources.

There are literally dozens of ways to find new music…

There are so many ways to discover new music that I’ve only outlined a handful here. So take your own initiative to discover new music and share it with others as often as you can.

Khari Harrigan is a long time music connoisseur and DJ specialising in music that stands the test of time. Music with a heart that never goes out of style is his mission, and he’s accepted it!

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