Right so after my routine evening walk, I still feel kinda dehydrated. But that's for a worthy cause I guess. So I'm OK. I was taking about my music tastes with my friends and we discuss how and what we listened at 1st. My story goes back to 1996. Yes the Aqua's Barbie Girl era. Hmm when I'm thinking about it now it amazes me. What did I listened before that? Completely nothing or didn't I have a taste at all? Or was I too studious those days? Nevertheless, I would Like to call it as the Pre- Aqua era. Yeah that sounds kinda funny. But it's like the before time and all that.
So let me talk about the Aqua era
Aqua/ BSB Era
Well the dancy, funky kinda music was first introduced to me by my cousins who were in Australia. 1996 was the radio cassette age where we recorded all the stuff on those or from a Record Bar (the shops where they record music for us). And for a house party, they bought this cassette where the 1st song was Barbie Girl (kinda lame I know!!) that's was he 1st time where the dancy type of music really hit me. And luckily I had another cousin of my age who was in Sri Lanka. He actually did catch up the genre before me and he continued buying the cassettes, listening to the radio and etc. He influenced me to listen to radio and it was 99.9 SUN.FM where all the cool music was played.
Backstreet Boys, Five, BoyZone, 911 (if I can remember right), Destiny's Child, Spice Girls, N'Sync, Ricky Martin, Aqua and the list went on. MTV was our best friend those days. My school influenced me because it was the time where everyone started listening to Backstreet Boys and the kids who listen to those were the cool kids. Yeah I also wanted to be a cool kid. Bought their albums, dressed like them, collected the paper cuts and pics in books. Those were the days. But until the another strong genre started hitting my head badly. So lets say I listened to these music until 1999.
Snoop D-O double G/ Gangsta Era
So by now I'm pretty much into the cool music and this was the time where I discovered Hip Hop. So to begin with, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and etc. In other words, albums which are labeled with the Parental Advisory sticker. I loved that label by the way. Gave some kinda curiosity to listen what it sounds like. And to be honest, from the very 1st time I heard Snoop Dogg's voice, I was mesmerized. I actually loved that guy's voice. It was kinda faintish. But I was OK with that. So the gangsta age of mine started. I wore like Eminem, All my hair dos like Eminem, started murmuring the words like Eminem. Luckily I had few people in the school who liked this genre. So I was not alone. Listened to the Hip Hop radio shows, again, collected paper cuts and etc. Many people didn't listen to Hip Hop those days so it was kinda privileged if you were a hip hop fan. Still Dre, I still love that beat! So gangsta like! So to sum up, Dr. Dre, Snoop, 2Pac, NWA, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Ice Cube, Xcibit, Warren G, DMX, Eminem, 504 Boyz, Ruff Ryders, Master P and the list went on up to the West Coast. Until....
Entering to the Metal Scene
I discovered the metal music genre. It was my Advanced Level time where my school hosted a fair and a gig. And it was the time where the guys in the city were hyped about the live music scene, so to speak, Rock Music. Started listening to TNL Radio, because that's the channel which actually played Rock Music. 24/7 rock. Go to know many details about the bands. Because I have a tendency to find every bit of the details of the people when I love something. Specially music. So the gig in my school. In Colombo they had something called the Rock Saturday where bands meet up for gigs and a limited fan base were listening to their music. All were emerging bands during that time. That's 2003-2004 era. Stigmata (which is so big right now! respect!), Paranoid Earthling, Independence Square and etc. And this local scene was big in Colombo at that time. So this concert hit me a lot and gave an energy to listen to more and more rock music.
From their, I started listening to Thrash metal, Heavy Metal. If it's head-banging, it was my type.
And like others this included Metallica, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and all and which lead me to search more on Classic Rock and how it all began.
Classic Rock and the situation now
It's no Aqua, No BSB, no Heavy Metal. I occasionally listen to hip hop but its more like the mellow type of rock and obviously Classic Rock. Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Maidens, Ronnie James Dio, and bit of a Coldplay, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the whole Classic rock scene. Oh The Who, Eric Clapton, a lil' bit of the Shadows, Steve Miller Band, Jimmy Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Scorpions man I can type all day!!
However now the music I like is more saturated and aligned. I can listen to a good dub step (if there is a good dub step tune) and at the same time I can listen to ACDC too. So that's me. It took ages for this change and now I think I'm more mature and experienced when it comes to select the music which suites my mood. After all I still kinda privileged to listen to music where what most of the people don't know. Yes I believe you must have a dignity of the hobbies you prefer. So it gives a scene of uniqueness.
So this is my revolution of music. Yeah I'm not ashamed to say that I listened to Barbie Girl at one point of my life. That was the whole foundation. Music is a huge part of my life. It was there with me during my bad times and my good times. Through my exams, my moods. So yeah pretty much I'm addicted to music.
So what's your story of music? Would love to know!!