Being a better music fan is something everyone should strive for. This year, I urge you all to do everything in your power to make the most of the music you love. The perks that come with it mean you’ll be supporting the acts you appreciate and at the same time, thoroughly enjoy checking out what the music scene has to offer. Maybe you’re looking for different ways to listen to lovable sounds, back the bands you truly love and discover (or rediscover) new and old acts. Whatever you decide on will have a positive effect on your experience as a dedicated music lover – and that’s a huge bonus within itself!
Thanks to an expanded music community and a universe of new sounds and ideas just begging to be seized and made the most of, there’s a music-related New Year’s resolution we all can commit to. So if you’re looking for something different, aside from the standard ‘be healthy’ and ‘save more’ goals, you have come to the right place.
1. Support a New Live Music Venue
Perth is no Melbourne when it comes to the music scene, but that doesn’t stop the great range of live music venues and acts we have. There are some absolute gems in the local community, to be honest. Make a pledge to yourself to support a new live music venue this year (or try one a month). Chances are you’ll discover some great new tunes in the process too.
2. Don’t Be a Music Snob! Taste a Different Musical Flavour
We know what we like and what we don’t, but don’t let it stop you from exploring all the music in between. Get out of your comfort zone and expand those musical horizons! See as many unsigned and unknown bands as possible to discover what else is out there. There’s nothing more satisfying that discovering a great band or artist before they hit the radio. Avoid being one of those people that constantly bag out the bands you don’t like, though. Focus on the ones that do hit the spot and keep indulging in that.
3. Be Smart About Buying Records
If you’re anything like me and have a serious vinyl addiction, then find a way to be smart about your purchases. Spend more time in charity spots – some of the best musical treasures are often found there just waiting to be listened to and loved again. Keep your eyes peeled for bargains online too. There are some great groups and pages on Facebook that will expand your vinyl addiction and offer some sweet deals to snap up in the process.
And if you don’t have a record player? Buy one this year and start your own vinyl addiction. I promise it’s worth it 🙂
4. Listen to an Iconic Album Every Week
Take some time to find a different album to listen to each week. Whether it’s a brand new one from a band or artist you love, an old one you haven’t listened too for years and want to rediscover, or something completely different to explore.
5. Stop Dreaming about that Music Festival – Make it Happen!
Do you find yourself daydreaming about world-renowned music festivals like Glastonbury, Lollapalooza or Coachella but haven’t done anything about it to make it happen? Get the ball rolling then! There are so many music festivals worth travelling for and the best part about it is, you get to indulge in great music vibes AND a holiday! Winning. Pick one you really want to be a part of and start saving for it now.
6. Represent Your Favourite Bands
Flaunt their merch, crank their tunes, share it with you buddies that will appreciate it – do whatever you can to represent the bands and artists you truly love. Keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to new releases. If there are old artists you haven’t looked up for a while, start discovering their latest albums.
Checking out new music should always be encouraged but what about some of the older bands too, where are they now!? Some are still successful and selling out stadiums today, others have died out after their first release and a few will just be soldiering on.
If you’re buying music and merch, buy directly from the artist where possible. If you really want to support them, cut out the middleman and purchase directly from their website. Tell more of your favourite bands you enjoy their music too. Any artist, especially smaller acts, will agree it makes a world of difference to hear the praise. Enjoy their set? Go back and seem them again. Spread the love and compliment those making the effort because everyone appreciates those heartfelt messages of support.
7. Create More Music Playlists
I absolutely love making music playlists. I’ve got my rock essentials, playlists especially for road trips and various mixes for when the whole family or friends are over. You can never have too many! Make them for friends and loved ones. An original music playlist can be a great personalised gift idea and offer the perfect opportunity to get them loving a few of your favourite artists too.
For something a little more traditional, make a mix-tape for your significant other. I can’t tell you how many times I used to do this for friends back in the day, sitting by the radio with my finger ready on record to capture all the magical moments in music. So much fun and so many classic songs. The downfall is, not many of us have access to cassette players anymore. These USB mix-tapes should do the trick, though.
8. Back Your Local Bands
Don’t just back the bands you love, back the local scene too. Get to gigs as early as possible so you can watch all the acts playing. Who knows, the support band might just become one of your new favourites! Look up the support band before you go and familiarise yourself with their sound. For bigger tours, in particular, the support acts are listed well in advance so there’s plenty of time to get to know a few songs to rock out too.
9. Stop Debating Whether Rock Music is Dead or Alive, and Just Listen to More/Less of it
Rock music has always been where my heart is at and many times I’ve gotten frustrated at how rock music today doesn’t seem to come close to the 70’s and 90’s. I’m not saying there are no mind-blowing rock acts around anymore – there’s many that absolutely kick arse. You hear people saying that rock music is dead – and maybe it is. But let’s stop debating it and simply listen to more or less of what we want to instead.
And just for the record, I don’t believe rock music is dead…You just have to search a little harder for it.
10. Start Listening to Podcasts
This is definitely one I want to make an effort for in 2017. I’ve chatted with so many people who swear by podcasts personally, I haven’t listened to one for years. They’re such a great way to be introduced to new sounds and gain a deeper insight into the artists you love. And the best part about it? They’re FREE. So why wouldn’t you!? If anyone has any tips about some great ones to start off with, please post them in the comments below.