Have you ever listened to your favorite song/artist so many times to the point where you become sick of it and wanting more? Well you’re not alone.
We’ve all had those moments where you wish you can find more songs that sound like your favorite song or you wish your favorite artist could release new music already (*ahem ahem* Frank Ocean).
But never fear, because Beyond The Stage is here! Here are six ways you can find new music to help get you out of your musical rut.
1. Listen to your favorite artist’s favorite artists
Bet you had to read that twice.
Believe it or not, your favorite artists have favorite artists of their own. They grew up listening to a multitude of artists and the music they listened to are more likely to have a big influence on the kind of music they make.
Give it a try. Look up who your favorite artist likes listening to and start listening to them. You will be amazed of discovering how similar their music is.
Sure, the artists that inspired them are not “new” artists. But they may be new to you if you’ve never heard of them. So, don’t let the lack of newness discourage you. Allow yourself to be open-minded to old music you’ve never heard before.
We’ve interviewed many artists who’ve revealed to us who their influences are. So you start your search here.
2. Listen to the writer or producer of your favorite song
Charlie Puth. Bruno Mars. Meghan Trainor. Ed Sheeran. What do they all have in common? They are songwriters who began their careers writing for other artists.
A songwriter and producer has their own unique, creative sound that differentiates them from the rest. Their musical style and writing is consistent amongst all the songs they produce.
Take our October 2019 cover artist, Anne-Marie, for example. Listen to her song “2002.” Listen carefully to all of the elements.
You’re probably familiar with the vibe. Who does it remind you of? Does the sound of the guitar and the background vocals remind you of Ed Sheeran?
If so, then you’ll be surprised to find out that he had his hands all over this track. He co-wrote this song with Anne-Marie. You can just imagine hearing Sheeran’s voice in this track. Luckily, you don’t have to as they released an acoustic duet version of this song on YouTube.
So if you want something that sounds like your favorite song, look up the writer or producer of it. More likely, they produced a song very similar to it.
3. Listen to the radios
No, not the radio that airs the top 10 hits on replay 24/7.
Many streaming services include a radio feature where you choose a station, genre, or artist and it will play songs that fit within your choice. The best part about radios is that they are randomly curated by the streaming service’s A.I.
Surprisingly enough, they do a great job of finding music very similar to the artists you listen to. So give radios a shot!
4. Listen to curated playlists
Whether they are made by your streaming services, other people or even by us, playlists are a great way to discover new music. Most playlists are organized by similar genres, topics or moods. So this makes it easier to find new music that are similar to your favorite artist or genre.
If you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve curated playlists of our own to fit your desired mood.
5. Discover new music on Fridays
As you may know, new music gets released every Friday. Your streaming service, whether that be Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc., will most likely like have an “Explore” page or a “New Arrivals” section. So go ahead and dive in to whoever dropped a new single or album. You’ll never know who you might discover.
We know that there are tons of music to search through on Fridays, so we made it easier for you by listing our top 10 new tracks on our weekly series, New Music Fridays.
There is so much music out there for you to hear. These tips will help you break out of that song you have on replay and keep you satisfied until your favorite artist returns with new music. Have fun discovering and happy listening music heads!