This article is not for promoting Last.fm but to show music lovers how they can benefit from the services from that website.
Last.fm can be very helpful to the scene and the Lebanese bands.
Broaden your musical knowledge, taste and increase your musical addiction…
I have discovered Last.fm in 2005 joined and never was able to leave… as much as Facebook is interesting for people to keep contact and dating, Last.fm is even better for keeping contact with the bands and “dating” your musical match!
The best thing available only on last.fm is called “scrobbler”. (reflects the status of any band or artist). It’s a safe software you download after you register in the website. You activate the software through a Windows Media Player Plugin (or Winamp.. ) and it keeps records of tracks you listen to. At the end of each week you will have your own top tracks / top albums of the week. (The month / 6 month / year)
Sample page: http://www.last.fm/user/scorpiondevil
I encourage any Lebanese metalhead to have an account on Last.fm which will result in much scrobbling of the Lebanese Bands since the software posts the track on you page and adds one scrobble to the band you’re listening to (when you listened to more than half the track).
Listening to more and more Lebanese bands will increase their scrobles and attract more listeners and more interest to the bands.
Usually international starting bands with low media attention promote themselves through Myspace and Last.fm and reach scrobles close to 15000 as a start.
In our local scene, there is one band with enough considerable scrobbels >> Kimaera: http://www.last.fm/music/Kimaera with more than 21000 scrobble.
Other Lebanese bands are still under-rated with the scrobles they have gotten.
Blaakyum: 200 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/Blaakyum
TristMoon: 250 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/TristMoon
Alan Azar: 280 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/Alan+Azar
The Cimmerian Path: 330 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/The+Cimmerian+Path
The Kordz: 450 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/The+Kordz
The Arcane: 1400 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/The+Arcane
Kaoteon: 3400 scrobble http://www.last.fm/music/Kaoteon
And many others…
There is already a Lebmetal.com group on Last.fm, through which we are working to create pages for local bands, update their biography and promote as much as we can. Join us here: http://www.last.fm/group/www.Lebmetal.com
The numbers show how low the Lebanese activity is on Last.fm and thus reflecting lack on interest in Rock/metal music in Lebanon. We need to change that!