I hope everyone is doing well. I want to ask everyone’s advice on finding music. I am into trance and lately the trance on Beatport sounds exactly the same as the Progressive House on Beatport. So I guess my question is where do you go to find music? I am in the states and I was just on Soundclound but it has changed a lot. I would like some tips if possible to finding music on SC or where should I look for underground Trance?
The trick to finding music on Soundcloud is that it takes a while… you build up the folks you follow, then you spend an hour or so each day slogging through your stream for the new stuff that’s worth listening to (speaking of which, just about time for me to do my daily slog). The reason it takes a while is that you won’t know who to follow at first, but when someone else reposts a great track, add the original author to the folks you’re following as well.
At least, that’s how I do it, and about 95% of the tracks I play are freebies from SC.
I’m a nut for the “138” style of trance, and I’ve found some success with the “My Beatport” system where I follow artists and labels who CONSISTENTLY put out good tunes, rather than those who maybe put out 1-2 good tunes.
Live sets are a bigger one for me. Usually after Ultra and Luminosity, I’ll look for the live sets and tracklistings online, listening and shopping off them for the the tunes I liked. ReOrder, Darren Porter, John Askew, and Standerwick have been good sources for me lately.
I also think if you’re seeing a saturation of mediocre or cookie-cutter tunes on the web, then look into other sounds or genres. Try Psy-Trance, some harder hybrids of trance and techno, or whatever might float your boat.
Anthony, I don’t follow too much trance but am trying to get more into it. However my method of finding music is a little organic. I sometimes will just find an artist I enjoy and follow different links off youtube & just listen. I do it while doing something menial (folding laundry, working in the garage, etc.). Also another way I find new music is by listening to other DJs on either mixcrate, their newest sets off youtube or mixing.dj. Hopefully this helps you out!
The trick to finding music on Soundcloud is that it takes a while… you build up the folks you follow, then you spend an hour or so each day slogging through your stream for the new stuff that’s worth listening to
Also, the tags on Beatport et al., can be misleading and many people box things in slightly different ways, so avoid paying too much attention to them.
Shazam can be a blessing too, listen to extended mixes of DJs you like, Shazam them to death and follow the avenues they take you down (ie, different songs by same artists, suggestions based on currently listening, etc).
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