Thursday, 5 May 2011

I love music and I love the noise.

Before I begin, I will admit how torn I feel to write an entry about the music I enjoy listening to. I fail to understand why. Perhaps because in the grand scheme of things, not one person will share the same opinions on music as I do. Or instead because I shy away from the boastful attempts at convincing others to sharing my opinions. But I feel it is necessary to share my musical tastes.

My tastes for music have varied extremely throughout various stages in my life, starting in my late preteens. Prior to these experimental days I listened to whatever my parents forced down my throat in an ambitious attempt to postpone my rebellious movement. Naturally, this never had any chance. At about the age of twelve I bought my first second hand radio and tuned into Radio Hauraki (a New Zealand pirate radio station). However, it did not take me long to broaden my musical horizons. I started liking bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, etc.

Up until Christmas last year my music tastes remained stagnant. I now liked all genres that encompassed my previous choices. I grew to like older music like J.J. Cale and The Kinks. But I also submersed myself in heavier rock such as Metallica and System Of A Down. But this all changed last year.

January 9th, 2010. The night my musical preferences would change forever. At my aunt's wedding, one of the guests, Simon, showed up in his car. It was a brand new Mitsubishi Outlander with a stock standard sound system that would blow your ears to smithereens. Me, my Australian cousin and my dad accompany Simon on a quick cruise around the block. We sat there awkwardly not knowing what to expect.


In goes the self-ripped disk.

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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK MY EARS. Out blasts the Gareth Emery podcast - episode 85 as loud as he could possibly turn it up. It startled me at first, naturally. Never before had I heard electronic music of any kind other than the likes of Rihanna or Chris Brown. This was new. It felt like something sparked inside of me when I heard the bass drum kick.

From that day onwards my musical preferences have undertaken a complete overhaul. What used to be metal, rock, and blues is now drum and bass, dubstep and trance. I can't claim to be an expert on electronic music, but I've certainly progressed far beyond the likes of which I had done within the genres of metal and rock. But I can listen to both electronic and rock music. I provide a medium in a society that is generally either on one side or the other, which I suppose is something unique about me.

46 comments:

  1. Nice post, I really get what you mean.

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  2. I love dubstep.

    Honestly man, listen to Lights (WIRED Remix) - Ellie Goulding, I Can't Stop - Flux Pavillion, Gold Dust - Flux Pavillion, if you want more let me know, although well known those tracks are my favorite.

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  3. its not like you went from rock to rap. electronic and rock arent completely different

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  4. Completely understand. I remember the first time I heard true underground hip hop.

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  5. indie hiphop is the way to go man. Atmosphere, Doomtree, Aesop Rock, Murs, P.O.S., Cecil Otter, Brother Ali, OFWGKTA, Mac Lethal.

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  6. I shift through different phases of music too. I've been listening to lots of rap lately though.

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  7. I will admit I enjoy some of the 'old skool' rap primarily for its bass and rhythmic patterns. A lot of my musical tastes are influenced by San Andreas funnily enough. But that's another story entirely.

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  8. Great personal thread man, btw im eastcoast ;D

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  9. I had a really long, stressful day once and an old friend I hadn't seen in a while picked me up to hang out. He played me Excision's "Shambhala 2010" mix. My life hasn't been bad since.

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  10. For me it's been a lot of Trip hop lately.

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  11. There is always a buzz when you find a new type of music or band you just can't stop listening to.

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  12. Very interesting post. Great detail and concise too!

    Thank you for sharing! Definitely following :)

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  13. i love the chili peppers. cant wait till their new album comes out!

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  14. Nice post, it was pleasure to read. Also, I just followed you.

    RHCP's are OK. ;)

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  15. me i have no limit in music as long as it catches my attention i am listening

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  16. i am so in love with dubstep!
    followed

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  17. Really into psychedelic rock at the moment, music is dabest; followin'.

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  18. Interesting story on your music preferences. I know that whenever I find a new style of music or band, I want to learn more.

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  19. I'll listen to just about anything. Always like hearing new opinions.

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  20. My music preferences too change quite often, it's always nice to see new music.

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  21. Enjoyed this post! Thanks for the write-up.

    Keep 'em coming! :D

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  22. I wouldnt really call Rihanna electronic, but its good to have a broad taste in music. Makes riding in other peoples' cars more bearable.

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  23. the only music I really can't stand is country.. it's just whining..

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  24. Ive been all about the dubstep as of late

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  25. Jazz, Jazz, Jazz

    What more can I say?

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  26. @Michael is right! lol

    but yeah I got into electronic music the first time I heard Ben Frost. Insane!

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  27. I find myself listening to whatever seems to set the mood of what I'm doing i.e. listening to trance if I'm playing an action game or something along the lines of that. Good post.

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  28. i like all of the good song of every genre

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  29. Curious taste in music, indeed.

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  30. Can't live without the music!

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  31. dubstep is awesome, great personal blog. maybe put in some pictures.

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  32. Music is a big part of everyones life. I can't imagine a life without ears of hearing music.

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  33. Good post, can relate to every cent of it as well

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  34. got to love a song with a strong bass

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  35. You should check out F. Stokes, he's pretty cool.

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  36. yep this is exactly why rock music is dying out

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  37. Music is the best - Frank Zappa

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  38. I'm still on the metal road :)

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