independent electronic

how to find music that you’re going to actually like: a tutorial by a DJ who’s tired of people suffering from a chronic lack of tunes


1.
  . Pick a genre you like. it can be any genre. it can be rock, 90’s eurobeat, grime, rap, reggae, indie, trip-hop, or dance music. doesn’t really matter what it is, but for this example we’ll be using Drum and Bass.
2. Find record labels dedicated to that specific genre, in the case of Drum and Bass they’re usually European. Just google “Drum and Bass Record Labels” follow them directly on social media (facebook, twitter, soundcloud, spotify, you know) so that you know exactly what they’re releasing and when, and then look for where they usually premiere exclusives, be it magazines, online blogs, promo channels, radio stations or, if you’re in the area, club shows. (side tip: if you really like an artist, find out what label they’re signed to and look at the other releases of that label)
(optional 2.5) If there’s a DJ at the helm of a label that you like (usually the case for most independent electronic labels) go and follow them. They will almost ALWAYS spin tracks long before they’re actually ‘out’. Even if they’re not a DJ they might premiere or tease releases on social media before they’re out. If you really want to be that ‘first!’ guy on a good song, this is good measure.
3. Find the top radio stations where this genre is popular, and find their schedules. Do these stations have specific segments dedicated to that genre? this is a great way to find exclusives for that specific genre quickly, and often long before the (exclusive) song is out. Be warned that this is usually ineffective unless it’s a well-established segment/station. For this example I will point you to DJ Friction’s BBC radio 1 Drum and Bass show (which is at 1 am UK time on Tuesday mornings)
4. Find the genre’s spotify auto-playlists, soundcloud playlists, youtube generated playlists and respective sections on sites such as the BBCR1 Iplayer. Spin them. Save them. Check them regularly.
5. Start keeping a catalog of these sources in the form of bookmarks, check them regularly. save the tracks that you like. If you’re very devoted to this genre I encourage that you listen to weekly segments you find as a habit. It’s not only fun, but I find after years of listening to my weekly podcast that hearing the hosts’ voice every week is very grounding. Kind of like coming home.
6.  You’ve opened up a world of music and a never-ending stream of content for yourself to explore. (optional) Grab yourself a drink cause now you’ve got a whole lot of tunes to listen to.

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Rock&Folk - March, 2001 [Translated]

This article had a lot of general copy that I started to translate and then skipped because it wasn’t really new or relevant information. For reference, the author discusses One More Time’s worldwide success, Daft Punk’s background, and then goes through the tracks of Discovery. As for the actual interview, there’s talk about breaking the rules of music, how Discovery was made, Daft Punk’s feelings about the commercial use of their music, live shows, and the new (at the time) robot personas.

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“Daft Punk Go Back to the Future”
by Eric Dahan

The Parisian electronic duo, brought to fame four years ago by the album “Homework”, are putting out “Discovery”, an interstellar voyage into the 80s – the time of Zapp, Human League, Prince, and Van Halen – reintroducing instrumental virtuosity, and a consummate artistry of the change and contrast in house music.

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Breaking the System

Rock&Folk: What strikes you when listening to “Discovery”, musical material aside, is the science of contrast, of change, and other classical compositional techniques. Did you read over your music theory textbooks recently? At the time of the very rudimentary “Homework”, was there a distrust regarding musical virtuosity?
Thomas Bangalter: At the time, we were mainly preoccupied with showing that techno and house music weren’t noise confined to being exploited by the independent distribution networks. Electronic music had the chance of breaking the system that was in place. Since then, there are new rules… 

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