I feel like my musical taste will have a big impact on what I write and the approach I take to producing. I would like to include EVERYTHING I do musically on this blog which spans from great musical achievements, my own music and things I have learnt to what live music I’m going to see, what bands I’m into and even reviews of albums.
To list all of the bands I have been to see live already (ever since I started going to gigs when I was 12) would be too much of a big task. At some point, I will upload my folder where I keep track of who I go to see so you can see the full picture however I will list off some examples below.
Since I was little, I was brought up listening to Bruce Springsteen and this immediately made me want to learn guitar as well as introduce myself to artistic names such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon.
Rock, pop and folk can all be derived from these artists and this merges into modern bands too. After seeing The Gaslight Anthem support Springsteen in 2009 at London’s Hard Rock Calling I have been mad on this band, being even more appreciative of Brian Fallon’s solo album ‘Painkillers’.
My rock taste spans from old school such as Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who to legendary guitarists like Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani and Prince and also to more modern alternative bands such as Twin Atlantic, Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco.
I am big on my classic rock as a lot of this was great inspiration for playing lead guitar. This includes the likes of AC/DC, Whitesnake, Journey and Guns N’ Roses.
I am also a big fan of aspects of the metal scene. With bands like Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine and System Of A Down taking a different spin on metal. I prefer this to pure metal like Metallica, Slayer and Avenged Sevenfold (although I don’t mind these bands).
Indie Rock is a genre fairly up my street too. One I often come back to and think I should listen too more. I am big on the Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, The Wombats and The Kaiser Chiefs. I also appreciate the more alternative and ‘weird’ music scene that includes bands such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Everything Everything, Tame Impala and Alt-J.
Leaning more on the punk side of things, I was brought up also listening to Stiff Little Fingers and this has brought me to like bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Clash as well as more modern names like Green Day and Sum 41.
This genre touches more on the Pop Punk side of things that I have been a big fan of since being a teenager. Bands like Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Bowling For Soup, You Me At Six, All Time Low, Good Charlotte have all been inspirations for me over the years. Even more modern pop punk like Neck Deep, The Wonder Years and Moose Blood have caught my attention. There is also the heavier side of pop punk, reaching into ‘Screamo’ territory. This hosts bands such as A Day To Remember and Bring Me The Horizon which I adore some of their songs and despise some of their more ‘screamy’ work as it is one of the only genres that does not click with me.
In terms of chart music, while I can agree that much of it is generic, there are some good songs out there. Certain bands that I am a massive fan off slip into the charts as they are on the border of alternative. Bands like this are Coldplay, The 1975, Walk The Moon, James Bay, Jake Bugg, Bastille, Lukas Graham and Twenty-One Pilots.
When relating to dance music I feel like a lot of it is simple, repetitive melodies that do not have much feeling. Whilst some of their popular tunes are catchy, they have no real talent. Examples include Justin Bieber, Drake, Chris Brown and Nikki Minaj. R&B and Rap have never caught my attention greatly although I don’t mind some Eminem and Macklemore from time to time. Grime is a no entry zone for me I’m afraid.
House music on the other hand is something I cater towards. DJing myself, I prefer mixing house tracks than trance or Drum and Bass. I even dig some Dubstep and Trap music; some conflicting genres. I enjoy the house music that has feel from artists like Avicii, Sigala, Sub Focus, Above and Beyond and Calvin Harris.
Country music is one of my favourite genres. Whilst unusual to be an English kid with so much taste for American country music, I am proud of that fact. I love older artists who inspired modern day country such as Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Moving through the decades I started appreciating more modern country music such as Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson, George Strait, Eddie Rabbitt and Mark Chesnutt. Going even more modern I appreciate the likes of Mumford and Sons, Lady Antebellum, The Shires and The Lumineers.
In terms of genres I like but have not massively looked into, I do appreciate musicals. Being involved in some in the past I do like the complexity of scores such as Les Miserables, Oliver and The Sound Of Music. Classical is another genre I hope to get into more in the future, enjoying the sounds of Beethovan, Mozart and Chopin but never delving into the genre that much.
Most of these bands and artists I have been lucky enough to see live in the past and that is a big accomplishment for my age. I will upload my folder sometime in the near future so you can see exactly which artists I have seen live and how much I enjoy my live music.