I’d like to share with you guys my thoughts on the difficulty of finding good music (more so new good music). Let me tell you, I tip my hat to all the new young bloggers out in the cyber-sphere who write new music reviews. I can’t begin to imagine how difficult it is for some of these bloggers, in terms of finding quality music they deem worthy of writing about. Having said this, services like Spotify are even more important than ever. YouTube, or even google for that matter isn’t enough! I would imagine that for those who didn’t use legal streaming services to do their blogging, they’d have to rely purely on “word of mouth.” By the way, I’m not underestimating the power of word-of-mouth, but I am questioning whether that method still work as efficient as it once did 20-30 years ago? We didn’t have YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook (or they were at their infancy). The sheer amount of music that are being pushed to the public via social media are sometimes not only overwhelming, fewer and fewer of them are worth listening to.
For the past few months, I’ve been trying really hard to find new good music on Facebook groups (both Spotify and non-Spotify groups); and I was just disappointed with the heavy pushing of really, really, REALLY BAD hip hop. Granted, I’ve stated that I don’t care for today’s hip hop; but at the same time, I know a good beat, and a good lyricist when I hear one. These new hip hop artists that are getting on Spotify are just awful. Not only are most of them awful, they all copy each other, sounding like exact replicas. How can one call themselves an “artist,” or a “writer,” when very few are original? I may not know everything about the inner workings of the music business; but as a fan of music; we’re not interested in copycats; we want to hear something different, and music that makes sense. So, if you’re trying to grab our attention, really really focus on that. Copying from other artists, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily learning anything from that artist.
If you don’t want to do the right thing and use legal services like Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, or Internet Radio, that’s your prerogative. But understand without these services, finding music that fits your personal taste could be a lot harder for you. Even playlists I find difficult to tell you the truth. Why? Because often times they’re not hand picked. They’re just thousands of random music dumped in a list. I think a better strategy, is to find a blogger, or user where you match tastes with each other. This is the one thing I kind of miss when I was on Rhapsody/Napster. Napster gave you a numeric percentage of music compatibility between you and another user. Although Spotify’s algorithms are on point, you’d still like to know what other human beings are listening to.
You know, I agree that the music labels were all greedy *ssholes, that took advantage of music fans around the world; and the fact that they were so powerful they actually controlled what we listened to on the radio. However, looking back, censoring what we listened to back then, now doesn’t seem like it was a bad thing anymore. I know a lot of people would disagree, but think about it. No record label back then, would introduce to the public an artists, they didn’t spend a sh*t load of money grooming, preparing, and trained to do their job first! Because that artist or group is representing that label. Today, because labels are pretty much defunct at this point (with the exception of many of the older labels), there is no longer a filtering system. Therefore finding good music can literally be a nightmare.