Let’s say you’re looking at the list of artists on your phone or you’re matching songs for a new playlist, when you come across a horrifying discovery — all the artists you listen to are in the same genre. You’re shocked by your lack of progress in your music tastes and worse, you feel like Judas to your constantly updated peers. You’re looking for immediate help, but you’re clueless on where to begin. Don’t worry, the help of biblical proportions has arrived.
Here are some STATIPS for your music taste to not fall out of grace amongst your peers! We’re turning your music taste from basic to Ba-SICC.
Change Starts With You(tube)
Your feed will be full of videos you subscribed to or searched about. But through and through, there are a few recommended videos from the site. Some may be about genres you wouldn’t normally care about and some may catch your eye. With YouTube on everyone’s screens nowadays, there’s no better place to start anew.
Engage in Music Paranoia & Shazam Every Good Track
There is a cacophony of music waiting to be found everywhere around you; in the radio, on TV, or even in the internet. If it sounds good — find it. It could be in a donut advert or a laptop review. It could even be during your morning commute. Music doesn’t have to be sought. Sometimes, it can even be heard by chance.
Rewind When You Unwind
You could be doing something as mundane as playing video games or watching a darts tournament and you’ll hear a song that you’ve heard dozens of times. Try changing your mind about it and ask yourself; “What would it be like if I listened to it seriously?” Little things like that have a habit of surprising you.
Dig Deeper Than Your Boy, Sherlock
Even if you’re a super-fan of a certain pop star, there will be things that would escape you. Perhaps there are side projects of the pop star that you missed. Maybe you loved your pop star’s part in the collaboration so much that you forgot about the other one singing. Those are good places to start from. Let it snowball from there!
Let’s Get Physical
It’s easy to be spoiled for choice when you got Pandora or Spotify on your phone that are ready to serve you a volley of tracks at your whim. Sadly, the convenience of all those songs ready for you has removed the joy of holding a tangible connection with the artist. All those algorithms and codes doesn’t feel the same as looking at the artwork or reading the sleeve covers.
If you want to get beyond the typical, passing fancy of virtual playlists; then head to your nearest record store and buy a real album from your favorite artist. They’ll also thank you for helping them earn a living!