One thing that I have grown to appreciate more as my life progresses is the different types of music that I listen to and how to associate specific moods with each type I listen to. Most of the music I had first started to listen to were heavy metal type bands such as AC-DC, Pearl Jam, Ozzy Osbourne, and Metallica. These bands and artists were some of my dad’s favorites and he was raised to like these “American style” rock bands that thrived in his teenage and college years. At first I started to like them too because we used to play lots of Guitar Hero with lots of their songs on it, but my friends in middle school began to stretch my horizons for the better.
Basically in middle school every kid was introduced to some type of hip hop or rap artists that made us feel extremely energetic and cocky of ourselves and who we hung around. For me, the artists I got introduced to were J. Cole, A$AP Rocky, Eminem, Future, Big Sean, and Childish Gambino. The hits that they produced allowed us to wild out at little house parties that we threw and made us want to go out of the ordinary way of life and made us thrive in our youth. We each tried things that we want to remember forever as well as things that we wish we could forget forever. It made us feel energetic and alive as can be for these couple of years, but once high school came, a dramatic awakening was waiting that I’m not sure any of us were expecting.
In high school, especially the later years, kids were developing a strong attachment to indie music that allowed for conversation, fashion, and identity to flourish as we matured into young adults. My favorite artists that I discovered were Rex Orange County, Michael Seyer, Galimatias, Bane’s World, and Boy Pablo. I even performed “Sunflower” by Rex Orange County in an open mic event at my high school with some of my friends that had muscial talent. I was signing with my friend Ian, Enrique played the drums, and Gerard played the guitar. We got more applause than we had expected and it was such a great time for all of us.
I am extremely grateful for all that I have learned in music and hope to explore and learn even more down the road with more people who want to do the same.