Rock Blog: How Can You Resolve to Be a Better Music Fan in 2017?

January 5, 2017

I personally don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, mostly because anytime I try and apply them to my life, I, like many other Americans, just lose interest two weeks into the New Year. I mean pizza is delicious right? 

 

However, I do think I want to try and be more of a music fan this year. We live in the greater Seattle area, one of the greatest music cities in all of the country, so I came up with some random “resolutions” that we can all do to be better music fans... 

 

- Go see more live shows.  Big touring bands like Guns N’ Roses and Metallica are touring, and sure, those tickets are expensive, but here at THE ROCK, we personally know of tons of local bands that play all around town (check out our Loud and Local page at KISW.com). 

 

Even if it’s just getting out once a month, or once every other month, supporting music is how we ensure new bands and touring bands keep getting to entertain us. Go out, enjoy a brew, and watch some music. Easy enough, right?

 

- SHARE the new music you find! If you find a new band, don’t keep it to yourself! Get out there and tell your co-workers about it, let your friends know. Just get the word out. Chances are, if it is new music to you, it is probably new to at least a few of your friends, and once again, that is what keeps new music coming - sharing new music with everyone. 

 

- Buy some merch. We all know that the music industry isn’t quite what it used to be. Album and record sales are a lot lower, and streaming music is huge of course. Welcome to 2017 right? Well the one way bands still do make money is by selling merch. T-shirts, hats, even physical albums at their shows. That money fuels bands to be able to create new music for you and keeps the music industry alive. So when you get out to shows, buy a t-shirt, or if you can’t go to shows, check out the bands' website, plus, once you wear your awesome new shirt, it helps out with resolution #2 in promoting your new favorite band. 

 

- Be OPEN to new music. Okay, I get it. Music is objective. And I am a number one example of being stuck in my ways and only listening to punk bands. Here’s the thing, chances are, the music you hear at a show, on the bus, or wherever is PROBABLY liked by someone. Instead of automatically hating it, give it a chance. If you still don’t like it, then cool, but don’t be a jerk about it. You might just find that you have more than one favorite kind of music. 

 

- FOLLOW their social media. Finally, we live in 2017, a world dominated by social media. Whether you are on every social media site ever, or just a select one or two, FOLLOW the bands or artists you like. Chances are they use social media to update you about tours, new music, or anything going on with the band. Plus, it gives you that direct line of communication to your favorite music. 

 

See? Simple resolutions that we can all make as ROCK fans. Right? Trust me, we will all be better music fans for it. Now, get out there and ROCK!

 

- Danny V.