According to the creators of web app Forgotify, over 4 million songs on Spotify have never been played. That sounds like a treasure trove for sampling to us. Here’s how it works and how you can use it for creative inspiration.
When Lane Jordan, J Hausmann and Nate Gagnon set about creating Forgotify, their initial goal was to give “neglected songs another way to reach your earholes”. The trio use a program that collates all the songs with a “0” popularity rating meaning they have never been played and push them through the web app at random. Just press Start Listening and get ready for a crazy ride of European classical music, Indian film music, Turkish folk, German power rock, you name it. To me, this sounds a lot like rifling through a bargain bin at a record store (although some of those records have probably been played to death but still hold a “0” popularity rating hence their presence in the unwanted pile). And that’s why Forgotify is the perfect tool for sampling inspiration, whether you’re an e-digger or need a direction to take on your next crate digging journey. You’ll need Spotify to use the web app but Forgotify may well form a part of your sampling arsenal.