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  • #18371
    Phil Morse
    Keymaster

    We all know about Shazam, and Soundhound, and playlists for Mixcloud shows and the like – but what is your top tip when it comes to getting the artist and title of hard-to-find songs you hear when you’re clubbing, or on the radio, or just that you can’¡t get out of your head but you don’t know where the hell they came from?

    #18375
    Hee Won Jung
    Participant

    I have found the new Music ID App is better than Soundhound or Shazam.

    If im at the club and im not DJing i am always usually on the dancefloor and will ask the DJ what the heck the song is cuz its so banging…most of the times they will tell me.

    I never hear stuff that i like on the radio so that is not a problem

    For Mixes and whatnot if the track list isnt available ill google it and i can usually find out what the track is.

    #18400
    D-Jam
    Participant

    Outside of Shazam, I’ll try to get an audio recording and then ask in the forums on Discogs.com

    #18428
    Phil Morse
    Keymaster

    Good tip re Music ID app!

    #18438
    Timo
    Member

    I use music ID on the iphone ,or simply listen out to the chorus. Usually they will mention the song name during the chorus, if you listen properly. I found out quite a fair bit of songs through the chorus method! 🙂

    #18451
    Riff Millar
    Participant

    Simply finding the name and artist of a track? Google a snippet of the lyrics preceded by “lyrics” nails it ~90% of the time.

    Trying to figure out the exact mix of a particular track is far trickier. Even the music ID apps don’t get this correct a lot of the time, as they only ID against a portion of the track.

    #18459
    Mamacita
    Member

    One way I find out song names if shazam doesn’t work:

    Listen close to the chorus, or any definitive part of the song so that you can write down a full line of the lyric.
    Hop over to google on the phone, Type the words you heard followed by the word …. Lyrics
    If there’s way too many results, use quotation marks around the lyrics line but leave lyrics out of the quotes.

    Ex) “dessert miss the rain” lyrics

    #18463
    BrassRingDJ
    Member

    You guys are fast. Absolutely agree with those above who chose a search including keyword “lyrics.” But you know WHY I prefer it? Yes, because it works (except for instrumentals…AHA! House Music DJs…use an app or you’re hosed).

    Here’s a nasty fact (especially for you compulsive app-heads out there). App-creation is largely driven by the desire to acquire marketing information about YOU! This is especially true for all the “FREE” ones. The more personal the info the better. Though most of the info. is harvested for the (relatively) benign purpose of marketing research, not all is. There ARE nefarious forces loose in the world.

    As more and more info. on you gets “out there,” someone can put together a potentially detrimental (in effect, not character) profile. In today’s identity theft and privacy-eroding environment, I DON’T WANT TO GIVE ANY MORE INFORMATION ON MYSELF THAN ABSOLUTELY (F’in) NECESSARY!!

    Rant ended…as you were.

    #18471
    shr3dder
    Member

    BrassRingDJ, post: 18561, member: 1932 wrote:

    As more and more info. on you gets “out there,” someone can put together a potentially detrimental (in effect, not character) profile. In today’s identity theft and privacy-eroding environment, I DON’T WANT TO GIVE ANY MORE INFORMATION ON MYSELF THAN ABSOLUTELY (F’in) NECESSARY!!

    Rant ended…as you were.

    So DJs shouldn’t want other people knowing what songs they like/listen too?

    Interesting take.

    I use Shazam and forums….. Back in the day I used to download a helluva lot of live dj mixes and then spend days hunting down and completing tracklists… It’s a lot easier now.

    #18472
    BrassRingDJ
    Member

    shr3dder, post: 18569, member: 1473 wrote: So DJs shouldn’t want other people knowing what songs they like/listen too?

    Interesting take.

    If that’s what you got from the post…that IS an interesting take. Song preferences is hardly personal info. Back to apps in general. Think about every profile you’ve filled out. (Thinking about it? Good.) Lot more than song preferences there, starting with a viable email address. Can you sing “Spam, spam, spam, spam….”

    #1003550
    shr3dder
    Member

    BrassRingDJ, post: 18570, member: 1932 wrote: If that’s what you got from the post…that IS an interesting take. Song preferences is hardly personal info. Back to apps in general. Think about every profile you’ve filled out. (Thinking about it? Good.) Lot more than song preferences there, starting with a viable email address. Can you sing “Spam, spam, spam, spam….”

    Well I can’t think of an app that I’ve ever given an email address but plenty of forums etc, that said I can’t say I get any spam in my inbox. Ever, even with a 10+ year old email….. it’s not a hard thing to avoid? And I’m talking Apple here, not the minefield that is Androids Marketplace, I mean Apple aren’t saints, but its app vetting process has gotta keep SOME of the dodgier shit out.

    I just find a lot of people are extremely internet paranoid. A brain and a bit of common sense will keep you safe. I got nothing to hide and if I did it wouldn’t be on the internet.

    #18475

    With the internet being what it is today I can usually figure out a song I’ve never heard before from an unfamiliar artist by googling as much of the lyrics as I can remember. That’s how I found out the song with “up, up, here we go…” was Rocketeer – Far East Movement. Not a song by Travis McCoy from Gym Class Heroes that I thought it was originally.

    #1003554
    BrassRingDJ
    Member

    shr3dder, post: 18571, member: 1473 wrote: Well I can’t think of an app that I’ve ever given an email address but plenty of forums etc, that said I can’t say I get any spam in my inbox. Ever, even with a 10+ year old email….. it’s not a hard thing to avoid? And I’m talking Apple here, not the minefield that is Androids Marketplace, I mean Apple aren’t saints, but its app vetting process has gotta keep SOME of the dodgier shit out.

    I just find a lot of people are extremely internet paranoid. A brain and a bit of common sense will keep you safe. I got nothing to hide and if I did it wouldn’t be on the internet.

    Gosh…as I’m not interested in one of these charmingly fascinating forum pi**ing contests, I’ll just have to declare you winner of this one! Yay you! ;>)

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