his mini series has quickly come and gone (almost). Starting with a look back at the 80s, while being influenced by the 50s, 60s and 70s, music and my interests, have come a long way.
Having said that, this mini series is almost over, but not yet and not right now. Infact, today’s blog is recounting the last decade, with the dawn of the digital age.
As the years have flown by and the decades have grown, so has my love for music and the genres that I listen to. Explaining this to people is hard, as I don’t know how to express it in words.
I like bands and artists. I also like genres. I don’t necessarily like all bands and artists from all genres just because I like a certain genre – which a lot of people find hard to grasp – but I do tend to like what interests me (and that’s usually the weird and wonderful, obscure and bizarre, unique and relatable music and lyrics).
Like a lot of bands and artists I’ve forgotten over the years, the Industrial genre I’d forget about after the 90s. Randomly, however, I’d buy albums by bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson throughout the 00s, but I wouldn’t pick up and fall in love with the genre again until the late 00s.
For me, the dawn of the millennium was very diverse. By the end of the 90s going in to the 00s, I was mostly listening to Grunge Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Punk Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop music, Folk and Country.
Going into the 00s, I spread my musical wing even further and opened myself up to even more genres like, Post Hardcore, Emo, Gothic Rock, Gothic Metal, Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Post Grunge and Industrial – which goes back to what I said in the first blog about liking music without realising I liked it, then becoming a fan later in life – whatever music I’m listening to can be attributed to the mood I’m in at that time.
Around 2007, I joined a social media site for people and music. This is where I stayed in touch with my Industrial side. VampireFreaks.com, reconnected me with music I’d heard and found a decade before, but it also gave me an idea for new music to listen to. Although my list of Asian music was limited back then, I am now growing an enormous empire of Asian music which has grown over the last 22 years along with my love for Industrial music and the Gothic subculture.
I decided by the end of the 00s that I didn’t want to restrict myself to only listen to what I know and I’m used to, so I started listening to everything, finding that I missed out on a lot of the hype for certain bands and artists back in their heyday, as I thought they were too weird for me. But as I’m the resident weirdo of Newport City Radio, the music I rejected all those years ago and accepted as my own upon careful reconsideration, is just my kind of weird.