How have your music tastes evolved over time?

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29 Oct 2017, 9:05 am

When I first started taking notice of music pre-teens, and by extension other preferences like style, I don't think what I liked at the start were really my 'choices' as much as they were my older sister's choices. I'd listen to her music, covet her clothes (and when she wasn't around wear them and steal all her makeup!) My sister is and likely always will be a metalhead, with an additional love of some lighter alternative stuff... and I sort of inherited a respect for these genres from her.
By mid-teens I'd moved away a little from just loving anything she loved however, and my music tastes started running into trance, industrial and electronic stuff. At that point my favourite bands became The Prodigy and Nine Inch Nails. Throughout this period I also grew to love soundtracks and became a major fan of Hans Zimmer and James Horner.
I think overall - though I may have started out copying my sister's music tastes, I will always enjoy a decent amount of metal with an emphasis on doom metal like My Dying Bride, another old favourite, but nowadays my taste in music is very broad indeed.


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29 Oct 2017, 2:17 pm

I started getting into music when I was 12. I became really obsessed with 80s pop for a year and bought stuff like Tears For Fears and Duran Duran on vinyl (years before vinyl became fashionable again!). That tailed off almost as fast as it developed and I wasn't into anything musically for a while. Then, in 2000 when I turned 14, I remember seeing Iron Maiden on TV performing their comeback single, The Wicker Man, and I thought "These guys sound cool." I bought the single and I then started to read up on hard rock and metal music. My family had just got internet access and it was my research online that really helped to develop my interest in this kind of music. I started off with bands like Metallica, Guns 'N' Roses, Marilyn Manson and Megadeth and by the following year, I got into heavier stuff like Slayer, Pantera and Machine Head. When I turned 16, I began exploring more extreme bands like Morbid Angel, Death and more extreme thrash like Kreator and Dark Angel. By this point, I was a full-on metalhead who hated the nu-metal and alternative rock that was being promoted by the media and the internet helped me to follow my own path.

Over the next few years, I got into more contemporary bands like Opeth, Lamb Of God and Mastodon as well as really getting into classic bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest. I also really got into live music in a big way and that's something I've maintained as a hobby to this day. It wasn't until 2006 that I began looking at other types of music. This was the point where I got into Nick Cave, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Rush and Alice In Chains among others. I became very interested in jazz in 2008 and I bought albums by people like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. More recently, I've become a fan of classic rock artists such as The Who and Neil Young along with bands I overlooked when I was younger like Rammstein and The Cure. Throughout all this, my interest in metal has never waned. Today, I mainly focus on metal but I also like selected artists from the indie, punk, prog, jazz and dream pop genres.



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29 Oct 2017, 3:20 pm

AMB, I know I'm going off topic here for a second but have you read Jerusalem yet?


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29 Oct 2017, 4:05 pm

techstepgenr8tion wrote:
AMB, I know I'm going off topic here for a second but have you read Jerusalem yet?


Sorry, I'm not sure what you're referring to. Please elaborate.



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29 Oct 2017, 4:10 pm

It's a book by Alan Moore.


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29 Oct 2017, 4:15 pm

Ah, right. I remember hearing about it when it was published last year. I'll see if I can get round to reading it at some point.



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31 Oct 2017, 12:26 pm

Well i Started with metal and steadily build on from there. Before I got into metal i was not really into music and through metal i eventually discovered all sorts of great (generally) more underground music ranging from all sorts of hardcore punk to minimal techno to central asian folk. While I think most of the things I listen to today i'd like too if i was aware of it as a teen I have also actually pushed the horizons in some ways regarding stuff like techno or 80s not quite mainstream music. Always liked stuff like drum n bass but just was too busy getting into other styles when i was 16 however so it wasnt a case of needing to learn to appreciate electronic music in general for example.



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02 Nov 2017, 7:07 am

I used to like girly pop music. Now I like rock.



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02 Nov 2017, 7:08 pm

I used to resist the idea of liking any music. (Though I didn’t hate music either, and I was fine with other people liking it.) Recently, though, I decided that liking music wasn’t so bad. I’ve started to enjoy listening to some of Richard Wagner’s works.


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03 Nov 2017, 5:27 pm

As an early child I didn't like most music or had much of a taste. Until I got to about the 5th that is when I started developing a taste for music. All the music I liked was the soundtracks to cartoons primarily the openings and closings and videogames. I would start up some games on my Wii, Nintendo DS, gamecube or playstation 2 just so I could hear the music, I did it for games like Super Smash Bros, Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Mario Kart, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Devil May Cry, Kirby Super Star and Sonic Mega Collection. I also had an Elite Beat Agent game and I liked some of the songs they had like Earth Wind and Fire - September and Good Charlotte - The Anthem. I'd have the game play a ghost run just so I could listen to the songs without playing as if my DS was an mp4 player. I was also really into playing flash/web browser games so I would play those games for their soundtracks and then I eventually made my way to Newgrounds and would listen to soundtracks people posted there.

Around 2006/2007 when Youtube really started to take off and people would upload all sorts of things, I would look up the soundtracks to videogames I've never played or heard of. AMVs were really popular at the time so I discovered bands like Linkin Park, Evanescence, Fallout Boy, and even Gorillaz. But my taste didn't really expand out of the few songs I commonly heard from them. I was still mostly into videogame soundtracks and whatever I found on Newgrounds.

There was a cartoon called Megas XLR that I really loved it had a mostly metal and hard rock soundtrack.

Eventually when I started watching anime my taste started to shift towards Japanese music and anime soundtracks. I had an obsession with Bruce Falconer's soundtrack for Dragon Ball Z and Naruto's 5th opening song for at least 2 years.

In my late middle school and early high school years I had an obsession with two MMO games named Mabinogi and Mabinogi Heroes/Vindictus. They have some of the best soundtracks I've ever heard in a game and it was just icing on the cake because despite being MMOs they had pretty engaging stories and the combat for both the games were pretty unique. Mabinogi was mostly a fantasy life type of game with mostly 8bit/chiptune and other types of electronic music soundtracks while Vindictus was more like a God Of War type of game with score soundtracks.

My musical taste and library stagnated for a while since I hadn't been playing as many games or watching new cartoons/animes to get my fix on new songs. I never really liked pop music or basically anything that wasn't used in or from a videogame or cartoon/anime. I never watched channels like MTV or even looked at the music videos Disney Channel would play. Since I grew up and live in an urban area just about every young person around me likes hip hop, rap, trap, R&B and pop songs and always has them on blast which I ended up despising for a while because a lot of the artist promoted superficial self destructive life styles through their songs and I couldn't really escape the music since it was being played everywhere. There was a dubstep craze in high school but it luckily only lasted for a year.

I don't count Weird Al Yankovic as music because I see him as comedy first and mainly listen for his music videos.

I'd say only in recent years do I believe my music taste have evolved to be considered somewhat normal. I can proudly say to someone that the song I'm listening to is not from a videogame or anime :lol: . I've become more familiar with "traditional" music that people listen to. I never owned a CD player, portable radio, MP3 player, smartphone or even a clamshell phone with music playback capabilities for most throughout my entire school life and even into college. So for years if I didn't have access to a computer with internet access or the music files downloaded I would just play the song in my head and since I was in school most of the time I did this a lot. It has allowed me to tune out surroundings if they aren't too loud and entertain myself if things get too boring.

Around 2012/2013 I discovered Archive which is the first band that I actually liked nearly all the songs that came from them since I was also pretty picky with other bands and artist only like a few songs at most from them and usually ranging from 1-2 songs. They kickstarted my love for trip hop and dark sounding electronic music. I also usually preferred instrumentals and would tune out the singers voice/lyrics if I could but now I've come to appreciate vocalist and have started to pay more attention to lyrics which are making songs more enjoyable for me now. So I started to discover other trip hop bands like Unkle, Tricky, Massive Attack, Portishead and etc which made me really appreciate female vocalist and slow paced atmospheric like beats. Trip hop currently easily makes up at least 70% of my music library and a lot of the songs that aren't trip hop are still very similar to it. Trip hop made me appreciate rap more when listening to the few trip hop songs that have rap on them I was able to find something that wasn't like mainstream rap but not like underground rap either it is almost like it's own thing.

As a trickle down effect I started listening to more instrumental hip hop and Japanese hip hop from artist such as Nujabes, DJ Krush, Deltron 3030 and Tokimonsta.

I've also started listening to a lot more metal, specifically progressive metal, trance metal, djent, gothic metal, melodic death metal and symphonic metal. Most Heavy metal bands and songs just don't do it for me. A lot of metalheads act like you need to like Metallica or Megadeath if you want to be considered a metalhead but I've listened to the most common classic metal bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeath, Guns N Roses, Motorhead and they just don't do it for me, most of their songs are too simple or dated for me to get into them even their more modern ones. I do like some Iron Maiden though.

I was on a glitch hop craze before I got really into trip hop. From time to time I look up EDM channels on youtube to find some new glitch hop songs. I especially like glitch hop songs that incorporate jazz/funk. I also like a lot of electric swing/electro funk music.

I also like a lot of electronic music from Japanese artist, their style stands out a lot and gains my attention especially Japanese house and disco.

I've also built up my score library a bit and even have some score hybrids like electronic, rock, and metal.

Currently my taste is in drum n bass and drum n bass/trip hop hybrids such as Etro Anime, Baxter, Amon Tobin and Kosheen. I'm so happy that besides Youtube, sites like Last.FM allows me to easily find bands and songs similar to ones I like. I've been looking into other types of music that sound similar to trip hop or mix with it like hip hop, industrial, darkwave, breakbeat, dub, house, art pop, indie pop, trance and etc.