Blazing A Trail With Your Music Library: Tips To Stay Ahead Of The Game

If you’re like me, you take more than just a casual approach to your music listening habits. Here are some tips on how to take control of your music library and stay ahead of the curve!

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If you’re a music lover, you may enjoy that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you come across a star that isn’t currently a household name. If you have an interest in music, it pays to stay ahead of the game. If you want to be the one who recommends upcoming hit makers to friends or you’re keen to expand your library, here are some tips you may find useful.

Read Up On Emerging Artists

Most of us are familiar with chart-topping stars, but have you got an insight into who is going to be selling records in the months or years to come? The music industry is evolving all the time, and opportunities to upload and share tracks on different online platforms have undoubtedly made it easier for more artists to achieve success. Now, it’s possible for somebody who doesn’t have a back catalog that boasts several number ones to hit the big time, so look out for artists that feature in music magazines like and blogs. Get to know the people tipped to be the next big thing, listen to their music, and see what you think. Often, you’ll hear a song you like, and within weeks, even days, you’ll notice it gathering pace due to social media and the growing popularity of streaming services.

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Play Suggested Tracks

Most of us have a library set up that has all kinds of playlists ready and waiting to entertain, motivate, energize or soothe. If you listen to music online, you may have noticed that the odd suggested or recommended track slips into your playlist or appears at the side of the page as an advert or clip. Most sites offer suggestions based on your selections and the tracks you listen to most. Playing these tracks can introduce you to new artists and songs you love, and you might find that you discover singers or bands long before all your friends are talking about them after listening to their tunes on the radio. If you do stumble across a track you can’t stop playing, you can then do some more research and find out if that artist has any more offerings you can enjoy. You might find that there are several songs you love or that you can sign up or subscribe to hear new releases first.

Listen Out For New Music

If you’re always on the lookout for additions to your music library, or you have an interest in new music, listen out for radio shows and podcasts that focus on emerging talent, and check out songs that have just been added online. If you take advantage of access to an mp3 download at, you can listen to new uploads, as well as tracks you already know and love. It’s always worth checking out what’s new to freshen up your playlists, find artists that you like and broaden your musical horizons.

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Get Social

Today, it’s easier to interact with people with similar interests than ever before. If you live for discovering new tracks, why not share your ideas, opinions, reviews and suggestions with others? You can use online forums, share playlists online or talk via social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. You can pass on recommendations to people who like similar genres, and you may find that other aficionados introduce you to artists or songs that are music to your ears.

Listen Out For Tips From Industry Insiders

Do you listen to the radio, do you have favorite DJs or are you a fan of blogs or music magazines? If you respect and admire people in the industry, look to them for inspiration. Radio DJs, for example, often have access to tracks long before they are available for general release, and they can provide an insight into songs, bands or individuals that are expected to make waves before they start selling thousands of records or receiving millions of views.

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Do you pride yourself on being that person who goes to watch artists nobody has heard of, or are you always on the ball when it comes to spotting the next big thing? If you like to stay ahead of the curve, or you have an interest in new, fresh music, there are lots of ways of finding new tracks and discovering artists that could go on to be the next household names. Read magazines, explore sites that enable artists and bands to upload and share their music, take notice of suggested tracks, and listen to shows and podcasts that concentrate on emerging talent.

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