25 Sep 2008, 17:40
27 May 2008, 16:03I must say music has been quite the trip, for me.
I started out like most people do, listening to stuff from MTV, the radio, other people. Stuff like The Carpenters (whom my aunt absolutely adored and still does) and Linkin Park. However, I also grew up with people who loved Blackout and Highway Star. This carried on till my teens, where I was just like everyone else. I actually liked Pink at one point. Not that there's anything wrong with that (right?).
Then I discovered morning musume in 2004. Of course, this was when they were on the decline, but they never did seem to be in any trouble in terms of existing and churning out music. MM only made me less normal in the eyes of my peers, but it really was the starting point in my journey into music. It was through MM that I learned about Tetsuya Komuro and Tsunku. It was then that I learned how to tell bad singers from good ones, and got a peek into how music was made. MM really stagnated my knowledge of the western music world for quite some time (if you've ever taken a look at Hello! Project related material available, you'll see it's not that difficult), but as I got bored of the pop of Japan, I looked into the rock scene. It started with the relatively simple tunes of GO!GO!7188 to the trippy psychedelic rock of Acid Mothers Temple. And of course, everything in between.
Then all of a sudden, it stopped. I no longer had any particular interest in anything hailing from Japan (ok, I was a weeaboo, I admit). That meant filling up about 2 years of emptiness, and finding what I liked again. I sampled everything. And liked bits of it. By the time I was done, I liked a million and a half bands, from just about as many genres. Now, I considered this to be a good thing, as I thought I could appreciate anything. But I couldn't be more wrong. It just meant that I never fit in anywhere. In a discussion about hip-hop, I can talk about Deltron 3030 and Black Star, but I didn't even listen to Public Enemy! And this happened with every genre of music.
So now I'm going through the stage where I don't even know what to say if people ask "So what music do you like?". It feels like I'm limiting myself by focusing on only certain types of music, but it also seems like something I need to do to not lose myself. Because to me, without it I'd just be another chump with a soldering iron. Maybe I'm just trying to hide it!