How to be a music fan in the age of Corona.
As you know so many musicians are forced to cancel shows and lose out on a big chunk of their income for god knows how long. Artists are hurting, venues and festivals are hurting.
So here's a guide on how to be a fan of music without leaving your house.
Stream a lot of music
... especially from those artists that were supposed to tour right now. When finding something you're into, spend a few seconds on saving their releases to your library and adding their songs to your playlists. It doesn't only make it easier for you to return to the music, it also improves the odds for getting the algorithms to work in favor of those songs.
Share a lot of music
Share music on social media (while tagging artist profiles). Also send streaming links of your discoveries directly to the friends you think will enjoy them too. You can even drop a line to radio stations and podcasts you like and request airplay for the artists you love.
Stay in touch with artists
Follow artists you love on social media and sign up for their newsletters.
Reconsider asking for refunds on cancelled shows. The artists, venues, technicians etc. all need any income they can get to stay afloat.
Discover music via credits
Look up releases you love on Discogs to explore what other records the same producer, drummer, bass player etc. also contributed to. And while you're on Discogs, also check out who the record label is and explore their roster. It's likely that you share their taste in music and will discover more music curated by them
Order records and merchandise online.
Wearing a band t-shirt or drinking from a record label mug in public is also a great way to spread the word about the music you love. So why not order a piece of merchandise and a few physical records online (and be patient for their arrival). It doesn't matter if you order with a shop, a label or directly from the artist. They all need to stay alive in the music industry of tomorrow..
PS: We can't say for sure when we'll begin shipping orders from our own shop as we're working from home these days.