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.
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.