Discovering New Artists and Music: First Steps

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When you set out with the mission of finding new artists and music, there are a few different methods you can use to accomplish this goal. The method I will be covering today involves starting with an artist you already know and using them as a frame of reference for the musical journey you are about to embark on. What I recommend doing is to select one of your favorite artists or an artist that you have been listening to frequently. With this artist selected, now look into other artists they are related to until you find a new artist that you have never heard before. Give this artist a listen and see if you like them. Many times you will find that you really enjoy this new artist; however there will also be plenty of times where you do not care for this particular artist, but do not let this discourage you. The process of finding new artists that you thoroughly enjoy is something that will usually come in waves. Sometimes you will find a few new artists you love within just a couple days of each other and other times you might go a few weeks without anything new that really shines out above the rest. With this in mind, it is vastly important to note that the most vital step for anyone who is serious about finding new artists and music to do is be consistent with their searching. This means establishing a routine that works well and enables you to find satisfaction through discovering new artists and music. Personally, I make an effort to find at least one new artist every day. With this being said, I make absolutely sure to never rush the process of music discovery, but rather, I keep it as organic and natural as possible. A great resource for the music discovery method I have just outlined is the website Spotify because it has a great related artist feature that automatically suggests similar artists for you.

This week’s featured artist is Made in Heights, which is a duo consisting of Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi who’s stage name is Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin. Sabzi is mainly a producer and DJ while Kelsey is primarily a vocalist. The group was formed in 2010 in New York City and currently has three full-length albums to their name along with an assortment of other mixtapes and EPs. Their most recent album, released in 2015, is entitled Without My Enemy What Would I Do, but if you only check out one collection I would highly recommend their self titled 2010 album, MADE IN HEIGHTS.

Made In Heights
Pictured left to right: Kelsey Bulkin and Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi

Discovering New Artists and Music: An Introduction

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Everyone loves music, from the feeling of finding a new artist they have never heard before to sharing that artist with their friends (or keeping this artist to themselves like a safeguarded secret). However, how is it that you actually go about finding new artists and new music? I plan to share some tips to help with this, as well as give some great resources to help you throughout your musical journey. Now, many people may think that new music means never before heard, however, new music really includes popular artists that are just becoming new to you. If this blog helps you to discover and enjoy even one artist you have never heard before reading, then my mission has been accomplished. For those individuals interested, I do plan on covering ways to go about discovering truly new, up and coming artists later on. This blog will also include a weekly-featured artist and I will provide information about how I went about discovering them. My suggestion is that you check out and listen to the artists I find and post about, but more importantly, it is my hope that everyone who reads this blog will use the tools and tips I provide you with to go out and find new artists on your own. This blog will not only benefit you, the reader, but it will also help to give many newer artists some well needed and deserved recognition.