Independents’ Week is the perfect time to pay tribute to all of the places that we take inspiration from; all of the places we scour for new music. We get hundreds of tracks uploaded to amazingtunes.com every day (and we listen to them all) but we regularly go looking for new music too. We thought it only fair to highlight those places where we consistently find mind-blowingly great stuff.
You might have noticed that we’re a sucker for good looking blog. And Disco Naivete has been batting its eyelashes at us for a while. Updated regularly, it spans a number of genres and is always uber cool.
This is founder, Jarri’s inspiration behind the blog.
I listen to new music every day and felt like I had to share some of these tunes – I couldn’t spam my friends with these recommendations all the time, so I started my blog Disco Naïveté. There wasn’t a specific song nor band that inspired me to found the blog, it was just my passion for music in general. There are some really talented musicians out there and I want to put them in the spotlight on the blog because they deserve to be heard.
I’ve liked music ever since I was a child – it’s something beautiful that can do all these things to you: not just emotionally, but also physically. One of the world’s finest “inventions”.
Website: Disco Naivete
The Blue Walrus
There’s a reason why 6 Music, The Guardian, Drowned in Sound and XFM have spoken highly of The Blue Walrus. And it is founder, Tim’s impassioned writing that has us hooked. Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to portray exactly how much you love a track or an artist in writing yet his eloquence lets us know exactly why we should be listening to the artists he’s shouting about.
Tim shared his inspiration behind the blog with us:
“Both playing and listening to new music has always been a big part of my life, but what made me decide I wanted to get involved and write about it was hearing the Transgressive founders talking about some of their latest favourites – The Noisettes and GoodBooks if I remember rightly- back in late 2006/7 on an iCast podcast. It was the first time it dawned on me that I was spending so much of my time finding out about new music from every source possible – and it was about time I got onto sharing that passion. The Blue Walrus was born.”
(Hear the founders of Transgressive speaking about that very podcast in the last of our Independents’ Week documentaries here)
Website: The Blue Walrus
Jake of Basement Fever has a brilliant musical mind and we were thrilled to have him curate a day of blog content for us not so long ago. He has also been shouting about Amazing Radio for a while and persuaded a good number of artists to upload their tracks to us. (We should probably start paying him…) Each of the artists he has introduced us to have been mind-blowingly great. He’s one of those great bloggers that champions a small number of artists to the core. It’s amazing to see such passion for artists.
The blog itself is littered with seriously under the radar artists that Jake stumbles across wayyy before we can get our hands on them. For that reason we read Basement Fever religiously.
Jake shared where his passion for music stemmed from:
“I’m not really sure if there was one thing that really got me into music though. I guess it was a gradual progression from listening to my Dad’s punk records when I was young to discovering new (although retrospectively rubbish) bands independently in my teens and it just snowballed. Quite a natural thing I guess. I think Animal Collective, typically, are the one band to have really propelled my tastes into the less ‘usual’ though. I remember listening to 3 of their albums one-after-the-other, on repeat, about 3 times over on one night a few years back. That was pretty inspiring.”
Website: Basement Fever