What is a music enthusiast to do with so much music being put out nowadays?
I've been told it's all about Filters(?) and Recommendation Services(?).
I will talk about "Recommendation Services" first.
Those are just two sites that offer the Recommendation Service.
iTunes also offers a recommendation system. As far as I can tell these things work by keeping up with what you are listening to or purchasing and making recommendations based on that.
I guess this is also where "Filters" come into play because these sites are filtering out what you are not listening to and focusing only on the type or types of music you have shown an interest in.
How does this benefit the independent musician? Well if you manage to get your music uploaded into any of these services...And if you categorize yourself properly then you may just find your music being funneled into someones profile.
The hard part is getting the initial exposure. Once you get some folks listening to your music the momentum should pick up and you may find yourself being listed right alongside some of your biggest influences (if you have managed to capture a similar sound quality in your music).
I still think that saturation and obscurity are the enemy for the independent musician and any hope of beating those two depends on your ability to channel your exposure to the right arenas.
Play shows, make connections with people in the "Know" and of course: Make great music.
I really do believe that Connections are a very big part of it though...you can not just make great music and hope someone hears it. You have to know someone somewhere that can put your music in the "Right" hands.
If the "Right" hands like what you are doing and Recommend it to others, this will go a very long way in helping you to achieve your goals.
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