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    • CommentAuthormipearson
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    This is spurred on a bit by the NiN thing, which I read before coming here off of www.createdigitalmusic.com.

    I play keys for a indie/folk band called The Bon Scotts, and we're pretty excellent. We're gigging frequently and have a small following.

    I'd like to get our music out to the rest of the internet but I'm wondering where to start. We've already got a last.fm presence, and I'm considering bandcamp, but what else?

    Where do you go to find out about new music online? Communities? Internet radio? Blogs?
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    My brother recommended Spotify and Pandora: but some of these services refuse to work for you depending on where (which country) your IP is.
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      CommentAuthorBrenna
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    Pitchfork is ok to find music with. I get a lot of recommendations from Facebook based on my musical taste, but most of them suck ;) Going to shows is a good way I've found new music too, opening acts sometimes turn out to be better than the headliners in my opinion. Where are you located mipearson? Maybe we can come out and support you!
    • CommentAuthormipearson
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    @brenna We're based in Melbourne. I'm specifically trying to reach people that we can't with gigging or local word of mouth.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    Word of mouth is strongest - including the likes of Warren Ellis and Neil Gaiman. Get in on Warren's 4am podcast or maybe just his music for the night post and that could help - of course how that's done I'm not sure. Asking nicely seems a good place to start. Occasionally friends say "hey listen to this!" and from there I like it and appropriate the music.

    Otherwise I occasionally tune into Pandora, and much more rarely to my local public radio station (where the DJs handpick the music). That seems much tougher to break into.

    Rarely, but not impossibly, I find music by a confluence of a live gig and an event I'm at. But I'm not big on going out myself so...still, not impossible to find new fans simply by doing gigs. Try to find compatible events where you're not the headliner (and therefore the audience isn't packed solely with friends/already fans).
    • CommentAuthormipearson
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    @razrangel yeah, it'd be nice if Warren was still doing his Superburst Mixtapes, but I don't really feel keen on just shoving stuff in front of him unasked as he probably gets enough of that already.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
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    Word of mouth is strongest
    Absolutely. I'll take a recommendation from someone whose opinion I trust over one from a stranger any day of the week.

    And I was gonna suggest uploading a song or two to Download.com's free-download-of-the-day thing, but apparently that's kaput now.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
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    Have you tried CD Baby, incidentally?
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
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    Blogs definitely. I'd suggest sending a demo or sth to as many relevant blogs as you can.
    • CommentAuthormipearson
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
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    @nigredo Yeah, I'd love to .. but which ones are relevant? :)

    @howyadoin not yet.
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    read zines, msg boards/blogs, word of mouth, seeing a touring band jump on a show that youve never heard before, hitting the record store and seeing whats new on labels that you trust OR taking a chance on some random 7"...for all of the hoopla about myspace and music, i think ive had a first listen to bands that i end up genuinely liking on myspace less than five times.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
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    I'm enjoying http://8tracks.com at the moment (recommended by Warren fwiw).