The general rule of thumb is that if a product or service doesn’t exist, create it. I was looking for a good hub of music news, articles, and rising artists and never really found it. Sure, Reddit has a music section, and you could follow individual sources on Twitter to get a similar experience, but a dedicated hub of diverse music related content was missing. Now Next Big Thing exists.
With the technical help of Jared Moody, the foundation for user submitted links to be voted into popularity is now in place. This isn’t revolutionary, if you’ve used any service since ~2005 when Digg was king, this won’t blow your mind, but the aim is for functionality right now. Elegance is important, but only after you have something worth making pretty.
I love tracking down new music and sharing interesting industry stories with people, but sometimes I don’t have the time to keep on top of everything and suspect you might feel the same. Next Big Thing tackles the issue and quickly provides the top items people think are worth talking about, while also providing more content to those with plenty of time to sift. The site also highlights links directly to songs on services like Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, Youtube, and more. The songs can be voted on and sorted newest to most popular as well. The aim of this is to promote discovery among those seeking new and soon to be popular music.
This is just the beginning of something exciting. Please join, submit, vote, or just browse, but this type of resource needs people contributing to make it the most useful for everyone. Keep in mind that it is just the start, rough edges will be smoothed in time and features will be added. If you’re so inclined please send feedback or suggestions as well.