Music has very important role for a dancer. It is wayyy more pleasant and motivating to do warm up when we are accompanied by good music. Teachers need music for their dance routine or for background music when they are teaching . Good music (in my opinion of course) enable me to instantaneously create a choreography. And when I have just gotten a new playlist, I become more motivated going to practice and tend on stay on longer.
This post is about how I get my music. I'm posting this because I used to have difficulty getting music in the past and I think there are many people who experience the same. If you are one, this post is for you. If you are an expert at getting the latest music and beautiful tunes, please share at the comment below! I would love to know.
So here's how I get new songs and develop my own playlist:
1. Check out iTunes hot tracks. It typically list more than 40 songs that are new and popular. You can listen to the snippet of the songs one by one for free before you decide whether or not to click purchase.
2. Listen to a radio. In Indonesia Prambors Radio is known for playing the latest songs. I use that to develop my playlist. Or, I play the radio while practicing! I get to listen to the music and the DJ's banter.
3. I pay attention to music wherever I am; at the mall, in the car or in taxi. Whenever I hear any tunes that I like, I will google the lyric to find to find out the title of the song. Or you can use an app like Shazam which will listen to the song played and tell you what's the title. Convenient right!
4. Check out youtube's trending videos or top tracks. And youtube always have recommendation for more music after you listen to one. That is also one way to grow a new playlist.
5. Check out audio podcast on your Apple device. There are music like by these channel "Clublife by Tiesto, Wah Wah Lounge, Aoki's House, Music for Running". They are mostly upbeat and tend to be on the house beat or trance music. These music are not my preference but I like using them as background music when I teach flexibility class or technical class. One track can go as long as 15 minutes to an hour! Sometimes I use it to as mark/ a reminder when the class is finished. When the song stop playing, it means one hour is over and class is done! And podcast are free and legal!
I pay for my music other than if it's free from podcast. After coming out with a list of songs I like (from listening to radio, youtube and at any places I visit) I will buy them from iTunes. What I like about it is the convenience. The songs will be saved inside my iPhone AND accessible in any Apple devices I have. I find downloading troublesome and time consuming because I have to transfer the songs from my computer to my phone. And buying also means I don't have to worry about getting virus from download sites.
Here's my penny for thought about free download and piracy. I stop downloading free Mp3 after I learnt to appreciate and give value to an artist's talent. That came about because of my experience having people asking me for free performances (in the name of good exposure in exchange usually) or people bargaining my price. I looked at myself and somehow I could reflect and connect this with my bad habit downloading music for free. If I like their song and I appreciate their art, why wouldn't I pay for it? I disliked people asking for free services from me. I do not want to do the same to other artists. That's how I started buying music from iTunes.
The question of interest is perhaps how much money is needed? It's not much, really. Certainly won't cause you a bankrupt. Your dress or your facial care probably cost more. One song typically cost USD1.28, some are more than the amount and some less. I bought about 150 songs in 2015 which cost me less than USD200 in total. I bought a few songs every now and then because I needed them for my classes. 150 songs were enough for me teaching classes for 8 months.
Anyway, I just want to say I care about giving artists tangible appreciation and advocate zero piracy. All profit should go to the production house and the artist for their handwork, effort and cost. Hoping the statement can influence more others to give their support.
Good luck with getting your playlist! Hope this post helps!