In this day and age, we are constantly inundated with new music from a multitude of channels—Spotify Discover Weekly Playlists, Youtube recommended videos, and releases pouring onto every streaming device you can think of. And say what you will about the quality and style preferences heard in some of today’s hottest tracks, it is truly an exciting time for the music industry.
However, sometimes all of this new music can be overwhelming. If you are an avid music lover like me, you want to know how to block out the fluff and find really great up and coming artists. But this is easier said than done. Of course it takes a lot of time and effort to stay current in today’s music industry, but check out some of these tips if you’re interested in finding the next great artist.
Check Out Your Local Open Mics
No matter where you are currently living, chances are there is a bar or restaurant somewhere in the vicinity that hosts an open mic night. Open Mic Nights are a great way to get the community involved, draw a crowd, and ultimately provide free entertainment for the establishment.
Next time you see a sign for a local Open Mic Night, or any other local music gigs, make a note to check it out one night. You might be surprised by the kind of up and coming talent that is just starting to get out there.
View Trending Tracks on SoundCloud
SoundCloud is a wonderful place to go to find up and coming music. The platform tends to lean towards independent and DIY artists, so you can be sure that all of the likes and shares are authentic. No matter what kind of music you are into, you’re likely to find some really great artists on SoundCloud.
If you’re in the mood for something new, check out the top songs and most shared tracks on SoundCloud. Many of the top tracks on SoundCloud are also featured on the most popular music blogs and publications as well.
Head To Shows Early To Catch The Opening Acts
Live shows are often fairly long endeavors, and can go pretty late into the night. Not to sound like a total buzz kill, but it’s important to plan ahead so that you have enough stamina to last the entire night. But that said, some of the best new up and coming artists are most likely on tour opening for the bands that you already know and love.
If you have any upcoming music gigs planned, trying going on the earlier side to catch some of the opening acts, as this is a great way to find the newest talent. These are bands and artists hand-picked by the headliners, so you can be sure that they are on the rise.
Staying on top of the latest music industry trends is exciting and fun for anyone with a passion for music, but the platforms and methods for finding new talent are always changing, and it can be very time consuming to weed through the noise to find the really good stuff.
Next time you’re on the hunt for a hot new up and coming band, try out some of these tips and let us know if they lead you to any artists that you plan to follow for years to come.
Freddy Tenny is an audio engineer and avid music lover. He owns and operates Rivington Music Rehearsal Studios, a legendary music and band rehearsal space located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. These studios first opened in 1988 and boast an all-star list of bands and artists who have practiced in them.