DJs find new music by researching streaming service websites, download websites, record pools, following artists on social media, joining record label mailing lists, creating playlists with friends and networking with producers. There are multiple ways that suit various DJs and it really depends on the methods that suit you most. The digital age has massively progressed and given DJs a wide range of platforms and methods to stumble across new music. Or it might be a forgotten track featured in a compilation album that is some artists one hit wonder. Music artists that are just becoming more mainstream might have some amazing tracks that you come across too. The goal of your searching for new music to suit your DJ set playlists is key to matching the audience in which you are intending to play to. From this list you can see there are a wide range of DJs that play music in different formats and ways but more importantly, different audiences.
Want to know where DJs get their music from?
How I Keep Track of Ideas
At the end of the day, DJing is truly about collecting and curating new music. Here are some of my favorites. Did you know a lot of people make mini mixes and playlists of music they love in iTunes? Often, they are well curated and contain some really great tracks which are DRM free, Kbps and only 99 cents! Here are three killer ways to find out what music is popular in the city you are going to. Here are two web interfaces that allow you to explore new music on soundcloud in a very visual way. We would be remiss not to mention Spotify, which while known by everyone in Europe is lesser known in the states due to the pandora dominance. Soundcloud is one of the few tools that allow you to follow specific people and get notified when they post new tracks. Stay tuned for next week, when we will post a full article on advanced soundcloud tips. By Ean Golden On Jun 27,
How I Discover New Music
DJs get their music from many different sources but there are some important things to consider when building a collection of music. Too DJ is to be a curator of music. The aim is to harness the power of music to create collective memories that people will remember their entire lives. Researching, sourcing and organising an extensive music collection is the cornerstone of a great DJ career. To be a great selector you need to have a vast knowledge of music, both past and present. Many DJs make listening to music and collecting music a daily habit. They search far and wide through multiple avenues to find new exciting music and uncover old gems. However, like a curator of any good museum, you need to contextualise each track within your exhibition of music. For that, you truly need to understand music culture.
You must have loved a track that you recently heard a DJ playing in the club, but ever wondered where do the DJs get their music from? There are free and paid services where the DJs get their music from. Some DJs buy songs from popular sites or get songs sent to them in subscriptions.