• David Michael

    Some pretty good tips on here. Hype Machine is great, and I really like using MixCloud as a resource because they make it incredibly easy to identify individual tracks in a set.

    A few other tips:

    - Search randomly, using suggestive terms, like “groovy”, “moody”, “dark”. it’s interesting to see what can pop up when typing stuff like this in to Beatport or iTunes as a search.

    - Pretty hefty list of ideas here: http://www.passionatedj.com/25-ways-to-find-good-music-online/

    - Someone in one of the comments below mentioned Soundcloud, and while I don’t particularly care for their new interface, their “continuous stream” feature is super nice. You can let it play tunes for you while you’re working or doing other things at your desk, and when something pleasantly surprises you, you can often download or buy it on the spot. I’ve found lots of good stuff that way.

    Thanks!
    David

  • MixMasher

    no mention of TRAXSOURCE?  or did i miss it??  As you stated, there are a kabillion ways to get the music…my ears and eyes are always open

  • http://www.facebook.com/mbordash Michael Bordash

    Another site is http://www.internetdj.com  Since 1997, InternetDJ has hosted, promoted and surfaced some of the best underground electronic, rock and hip-hop music. Several InternetDJ artists have gone on to sign with labels and release hit tracks.

  • Hamster

    Shoutcast Radiostations —-> Pen and Paper —>  Discogs —> Youtube (for re-listening) —-> shop/downloadsite.

  • undrig

    Insanely helpful tip. Peep Junodownload.com. set the view to 500+ tracks on the right hand side. Install winamp (winamp.com/mac for non pc users) and under the “play all” tab on Juno, select “open .m3u” 
    You now have 500 previews of tunes to quickly and easily pan for gold with. 
    Now use the typical juno searches. Find an artist you like and never heard of? Find him in the list on the juno site and click the label he’s on to see all releases from said label. Repeat the above steps to load all those into winamp. 
    Perfect for people who wanna scour thru a ton of music very quickly without having to deal with music shop web players (which are typically bad including juno)

  • CraigCyril

    There is
    no mean of DJ without music.Music is work as blood in DJ system. By the help
    of DJ tech tools we can find the music in online way. It works on the
    internet and can find new and old music. In these days most people are use
    this technology so I do welcome with open arms of this article.
     DJ equipment

  • Tyler13Jack

    http://www.gigacrate.com allows free downloads as long as you comment and rate music. That also means a very accurate library description if you’re looking for music based on a few keywords

  • Guest

    google trackitdown! :D

  • http://twitter.com/consolefm Console.fm

    *Cough*Cough*

    http://Console.fm

    We crawl Soundcloud for the best tracks so you don’t have to. We started off as music to code to, but DJs are now starting to use us for music/artist discovery. Just pick a genre and go. Then connect with your FB account if you want and save favorites. We are on iPhone so you can take us with you wherever you go. Oh, and lastly we are F R E E.<3 DJTTCheers~!

  • Tracedj

    I highly recommand http://www.whosampled.com to find the original track that later artist sampled from, especially usefull for Soul funk hiphop rap genre. This way you’ll get a feel of what the producer look for inspiration and you can explore from the original artist too.

  • http://twitter.com/djvicky vicky AudioNauts

    Mixcloud.. good choice.. Discog.. another good choice.. Last.fm.. again again.. good good good.. right on target !

  • DJ Arctic

    Another really useful music source – iTunes. The number of tracks to be found, while not as large as with things like Beatport and pandora, is still staggering. Not to mention the fact that, now with iCloud, you’ll always have your entire music catalogue at your beck and call!

  • DJ CNTRL

    Regardless of what the author left out, resources-wise, I think, the moat important tool, is the time spent as a DJ educating yourself about music. This is what separates the pros from the amateurs in this trade, imo. Digital DJing has without a doubt lowered the barrier to entry into DJing. This is not a bad thing, just a reality that more DJ exist now, but less educated than ever.
    Before I went DJ, I was a vinyl DJ for 8 years and I spent soooo much time in record stors doing this same work, it made me better.  I tried going to as many records stores as possible. But, it’s not the resources that matter as much as the art of digging, which has been sadly diminished due to the internet. But, the internet has even made researching soooo muh easier. No more dusty fingers!  Articles like this, are awesome to see. Gear, efx, and algorithms mean nothing without knowledge and taste. Digging gives you those skills….digital digging! 

    • Lightrefraction

      I agree with your insights on the art of digging. Before the digital explosion, their was a smaller pool of resources when it came to finding/discovering music. One would think this certainly posed more of a challenge and would weed out the lazy and/or uncommitted. Really disagree about insinuating digital djing lowering the bar on the art of djing though. I remember some terrible DJs that spun vinyl!

      I appreciate your opinions…cheers

  • DJ Nobody

    Gilles Peterson, nuff said

  • http://www.facebook.com/brikha Emil Beatsnatcher Brikha

    My favorite and most often used tool is actually SoundHound. I hear a song on the radio, in a movie, in the club or anywhere else… pop up my phone, activate SoundHound and it gives me complete information about Artist, Title and Album in just a few seconds. The rest is easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

    Also, regarding the whole “build a set” thing. Am I the only one who steps into the booth, take a moment to feel out the room and crowd and take it from there? I’ve played for 50 people in a bar, and 4000 people concerts, I’ve never had a playlist.

    • Chiebs

      no you’re not the only one

    • Echosafari

      I remember not planning at all and you can sometimes mix yourself into a corner if you don’t pace yourself…

  • o m

    zippysharemp3.com

  • kitten hax

    I’m guessing you didn’t mention all they awesome music blogs because they give out free dl’s?

  • Anonymous

    OP here: Glad you all noticed I skipped out on Beatport and Soundcloud!

    Beatport is a great resource, and it’s obviously doing very, very well, but I figured I would offer alternatives since every other DJ is buying off Beatport.

    I also skipped out on Soundcloud, another potentially great resource, but because it’s quite hard to sift through the vast amount of amateur sounding tracks, I find it rather daunting and hard to recommend. I’m not necessarily looking for “KATY PERRY TOP40 320K DUBSTEP/ELECTROHOUSE/MOOMBA REMIX FREE DOWNLOAD”, but if that’s what you’re into, go hog wild because there’s a bunch of them.

    • Anonymous

      Well, there’s a trick around getting served with shitty SC stuff: Find groups with good moderators! There are good groups in every genre who do the shitty filtering for you.

      Following the right people and only checking your dashboard for their updates helps as well.

    • http://twitter.com/consolefm Console.fm

      That’s what we are for. We crawl Soundcloud for the goods so you don’t have to. :)

  • Scottkrot

    sound cloud!!!!!! hello! also is it me but i feel like 8 times out of 10 hypmachine’s lil player doesnt work. links are broken, or just overall shittyness. 

  • http://twitter.com/mozzarellarec mozzarella recording

    i end up buying lot of vinyl on discogs, it’s the best!
     

  • Elevations

    DISCOGS is the best thing that ever happened to buying and selling records.  EBAY is a joke!!!!   Nice plug – it’s about time someone gave DISCOGS props!!!

  • NUJAK

    Don’t think the article should promote any aggregator type blog searchers…Buy your music and dig hard. I youtube stuff, then google it, then buy it,etc.

    • Lightrefraction

      Support the artist’s efforts and buy their music. Don’t be a cheap sidebusting bastard!

  • Ryansupak

    Never heard of Mixcloud somehow.

    YouTube is my personal fave by a longshot though.

    rs

  • Anonymous

    Once in a while, DJTT drops the ball with these articles that try to sum it all up but end up as being an inadequate guidance because of key ommisions. I will never forget when they did the “ultimate” DJ headset showdown while completely ignoring the HD22.

    As about finding music online, its hard to provide a good overview guidance for this nowaday’s. Tons of ways to do this as every music service let’s you share stuff for other people to discover.

    If you do want to provide some guidance at least ad the following:
    - SoundCloud (10 million users): Like deep disco? Do a search for it, subscribe to the top SC groups in that genre and you’re set.
    - YouTube, almost all music can be found there and YouTube provides good ways to discover similar music: Use the suggestions bar or check the feeds of your favorite YouTube channels.
    - Online music stores (Juno, Beatport, etc). Not only do they have ton of charts in every genre and from your favorite dj as well, they also let you share your own chart.

    • Spacecamp

      Hey RolfSki, 

      Thanks for your comment – This was less about being a completely comprehensive resource guide and more about suggesting places and styles of searching that aren’t well-known. We’ve actually covered all of the places you mention before, and I’ve added a note and links as such. 

      • Anonymous

        Well, the title kinda does suggest that it is a comprehensive guide. Something like “Some personal tips for finding music online” would be less confusing I guess.

        Anyway, good to see that the article got updated. The author does have a point in the comments where he adresses the potential issue of having to digest through many amateurish stuff in SoundCloud. But if you follow the right groups (I’m moderating one myself, it’s not easy) and the right people you can get around that.

  • http://twitter.com/cxsanchez César Sánchez

    I do find Beatport extremely useful.

  • http://twitter.com/djxtheowl Brian K / X the Owl

    All very good suggestions.  Of the ones you mentioned in the article, I 

  • Vincent milliken

    Yea I would agree with Andrew, Soundcloud would be one of the best for finding new music. With getting Track ID’s for sets etc. and previews of new tracks. Beatport also but it wouldn’t be number one.

  • DJ Eryx

    Wait. So Beatport isn’t number one?

    • Romain

      Indeed, Beatport is great for discovering new music (by the way I really like their new app Beatport Pro). But if you want to find something original you would probably want to find alternatives, as soon as you find out that all DJs pick the Top 10 tracks in their sets.

  • http://twitter.com/atspence Andrew Spence

    How could you forget about soundcloud?…

    I have two soundcloud accounts. One is for uploading my own content and driving follower etc… the second one is just to follow specific artists/labels who post bootlegs etc

    Combine the 2nd account with you iPhone app and listen to latest music in your feed when travelling and you’re all set along with all the points from above :) 

    • Spacecamp

      Hey Andrew, 
      You make a good point, SoundCloud is pretty valuable! We’ve covered SoundCloud quite a bit on DJTT, so we figured most of our readers would already know about it. In case they haven’t I’ve added a note for some of the other articles about finding music we’ve written in the past.