There are many ways to listen to music but this is how I listen to music these days.
1. Listening to Albums not Songs
When one buy/download music, I usually don’t get them by song. I get them in
units of album. The reason behind this is to get to know the artist better. A band
might have the hottest summer track, but can he back it up? Is there more to this
band? or was it a one-hit-wonder. I’m talking about you Passion Pit!
2. Background Check
How did they become a band? I go to wikipedia to do a little bit of background
check about the band. Bands like BLK JKS, and The Vanguard has a unique story
makes their music more exciting than the rest of the gang.
If you were like me in the old days, I enjoyed music for the sound of it. But I never
tried to memorize the album name or even the song name. Once you get a habit of
memorizing album names, title names, genre, and published year your brain will
have an organized database of sounds.
4. Knowing the Influences
We live in a world where music is no longer original. A different perspective of old
music, a mix of old music is all we got in today’s world. Knowing which band
influences who, and what song did they sample from is not only fun, but gets you
to have RESPECT for the musicians before your time. Influence comes
from all the way back to classical music, to the recent hit of the summer. If you
listened to MSTRKRFT’s recent album, Fist of God, you see a lot of the sounds used
on the Justice album.
5. Please see them LIVE!
The only way to listen to music at it’s full potential is listening to it live.
Don’t judge a band before you see them live.
If you are like me and have too many albums to listen to, here is quick way.
Allmusic.com is an internet database of all published music. Most of the albums will
be reviewed by the staff of allmusic.com. But the feature I love the most is the
recommendation feature. Once an album is reviewed, the staff chooses 3 songs they
liked the most. Listening to these 3 songs will give you an idea if you dig this band or
not. If you do, please proceed listening to the entire album.
DJ Lesson #8 + Jangula at Trash Bar