Its weird to think about how one’s taste in music can shift so much and you don’t even realise it. If you had asked me what I listened to mostly in 2012, you’d have been told “electronic music”. If you ask me that question today, it’d still be electronic music.
So what’s changed?
Well, I used to listen to mostly this kind of music. Now I listen to this. And this. As well as a lot of trance, drum & bass, and hardstyle. I increasingly have stopped listening to the hard, deep, amelodic sounds of dubstep, and whatnot. Its not that I don’t like Flux Pavilion or the ole’ UKF scene anymore. But its that there’s just so much more now. I still in fact listen to dubstep, but I listen to dubstep that’s drastically different from the 2012 Skrillex filthier-than-fingering-your-nuclear-bombs-on-japan youtube comments. Seven Lions, Crywolf, Faux Tales, and others have proven that Dubstep can be melodic, cinematic, and epic in ways that Skrillex never has done.
I think its something about how we grow as people without realising it. It was only recently, when I went back to my older playlists, my older sections of iTunes, the dusty sections of my Google Play library, where I was like “woah”. And there are artists and tastes that haven’t changed, I have known about Paul van Dyk and Daft Punk longer than I have about dubstep, but it was through dubstep that I discovered and mentally catalogued the genres and their structures and their relations with one another.
How did it change?
I was introduced to UKF. Then I was shown the dnb (yellow) UKF. Then from their I found the other drum and bass channels. There on out I was shown in related videos the other promoters, when I found the “famous” MrSuicideSheep, where my love for chillstep and other melodic or otherwise dynamic pieces of electronic music. I reestablished my links with Paul van Dyk during this period too. I (re?)found trance music through the Synkro remix of Above & Beyond’s “Love is Not Enough”. Friends have shown me trap & retrowave. Connecting these tastes are often similar “feels” or “colors” to songs. I tend to like songs that are the colors green, blue, and red/orange.
The electronic music world changed too, I was in the minority in that I started to dive backwards to missed trends and I identify with the older world of electronic music more than the “EDM” world of now, but the Youtube promoters got bigger, changed, and the artists I liked changed to fit it. I liked Swedish House Mafia circa “Leave the World Behind”, then this subgenre of Progressive(?) House became BIG ROOM HOUSE.
All in all, I just find it funny how my music tastes have changed, but also at the same time haven’t. Its not that I haven’t stopped liking the music, its that I listen to different things and look for new music in other genres now.