One of my favorite ways to find new music is going on to artists’ personal pages (such as Myspace, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.) and seeing what they are listening to. Their music selections are usually similar to the music they make and are influenced by, which often means that I’m into it. The cool thing about Myspace was the option to have a music player with a little playlist selected by the user. Myspace is pretty outdated now though but there are still ways to listen to what your favorite artists are listening to.
- Some artists create playlists using Spotify to share what they are currently listening to. You can then subscribe to them and find out whenever they add more songs to their playlists. I found out about this after reading Stephen Gomez’s (Bassist of The Summer Set) personal tumblr blog and seeing a link to his Spotify.
- Some newspapers and magazines sometimes have this feature. Newspapers such as The New York Times occasionally have artists share their favorite songs, both old and new. These features are usually in the Arts section or the Arts & Leisure section. Also look into Rolling Stone and Spin for this feature as well.
- Some websites and blogs have this feature as well. One really cool website that does this is mog.com. It has a section titled “Playlists Created by Artists” that has playlists by artists such as Thom Yorke, Norah Jones and James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. It even has a playlist created by comedic actor Zach Galifianakis!
So if you are in the need of a change in your music listening give any of these suggestions a try!