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Old 12-05-2009, 07:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What/Who Influences Your Music Taste And Why? ...and more

Is there anybody that you can thank for getting you into a certain artist or album? If so, who was the first person that put you onto it and what artist(s) / album(s) were they?

Do you think that you would've found this music by yourself without their influence?

EDIT: Has anyone you know loved an artist or an album that they might not have because you put them onto it? Have you ever changed someone else's views on music through what you listen to? (not because you forced them to like it)


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Old 12-05-2009, 07:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hmm. Well my music taste comes from all over.

I like alot of music.

I owe alot to my friends sister Sarah, who is quite a few years older than me. She got me into indie stuff.

Then my friend Jonah who is a few years older than me too, he got me into Of Montreal and even more indie stuff.

My friend Mitchell got me into Slipknot.

My dad pointed me to listen to Stairway to Heaven. I became hooked onto Led Zeppelin. He also got me into The Doors.

My local radio station- the rock station. My mom ALWAYS played in the car from when I was in my car seat to now. She says that my listening to Pink Floyd, Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, The Who and all those other bands like that rejuvenated her interest- she even says I know the bands better even though she's 30 years older than me!

I also got into Radiohead because I heard Reckoner on a video on Youtube. I liked it, so I listened to more RH. I loved it.

Youtube videos have also shown me songs I like and some songs I have become attached to the bands too.


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Old 12-05-2009, 07:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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1st Q - Not really. Most of my friends listened to alt rock, one was a big metal head (Though now quite open to genre) and another one, who pretty much listens to what I listen to. The people who post **** on blogs influence me the most I guess. My bro did get me into listening to Phil COllins for a while in my early teens. Same with some rap. We shared a room so I didn't really have a choice, not being a music afficianado until pretty recently.

2nd Q - Maybe not specifically when it comes to albums, but genre, wouldn't have been held back probably

3rd Q - See: Bulldog, re: Dead Can Dance A mate who ended up liking a lot of stuff similar to me.

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Old 12-05-2009, 07:58 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Most of my music is courtesy of my older brother. Every couple of months he asks me what i've been listening to and then devises me a playlist based on that and we go from there. I think every one of my most played bands have been directly related back to him. Since i've been up i've been listening to Laura Marling, Fat Freddys drop, Bright eyes, and Tubelord. all him.
Stuff like Last.fm has been very good for me in finding new bands.
Also, flatmates at uni have influenced me into what i listen to a fair amount.
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Old 12-05-2009, 08:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a lot of my music come from my father, but he isn't easily drawn to my tastes nowadays. Also a lot of what I listen to came from my best friend. He is heavily into Tool so from there I moved into Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater myself. I always find myself needing to be pushed toward music that I normally wouldn't listen to before I branch out and listen to more.

Honestly, without my friend getting me into Tool I really don't know if I'd be that heavy into Progressive music.

I can't remember if I changed anyone else's views and tastes. I like getting people to hear what I'm into and know what they think.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by inmyonme View Post
Most of my music is courtesy of my older brother.
I can also give my older brother a lot of credit for getting me on the right music track when I was young. Having an older brother was pretty nice because my mom would have been okay with me buying a piece of shit Destiny's Child cd but she would never let me go in and buy a Dr. Dre album at my age. But my brother sure could I can remember that nothing was more exciting than sneaking in to my brothers room and secretly putting on his walkman and getting an ear full of his newest Dre album. I believe having that older brother started getting me more musically mature than my age.

Thats the only good thing that ever came out of having a big brother.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah big brothers are awesome.

Unfortunately my little bro never listens to what I tell him to listen to He barely listens to music. It could be worse though, my friend's little brother listens to the Jonas Brothers
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Old 12-06-2009, 07:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Q1 - unlike everyone else i'm going to namedrop 2 famous people. Flea and John Frusicante. throughout the 90s those 2 always ALWAYS name dropped relatively obscure artist in their interviews (especially for the day). Flea was constantly talking up Eric Dolphy's free jazz work, and i remember a few photos of Frusciante wearing a Charles Mingus t-shirt. if my current heroes were looking up to those people then i didn't see a reason not to make a mental note to check them out when i got the chance, and i did.

Q2 - you'd have to live under a rock to miss Mingus if you ever turned your attention to jazz. Dolphy, on the other hand, could have gone sorely missed for years without the attention provided in those interviews.

Q3 - this strikes me as incredibly arrogant and self-serving. the idea of converting someone else's tastes to match my own is about as appealing as eating a plate of my own poo.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:09 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My dad got me into the first music that I can really say that I was into, which was Classic Rock: a lot of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Doors etc., because he played in a cover band when my siblings and I were little.

Thankfully, when I was young, the music scene in America was dominated by Grunge, so I caught onto that fairly early (age 7 or so), and this was in no small part thanks to the Poore brothers, Sean and Jay. They were 12 and 14 when we met them in our Judo class in Maryland where we grew up. They got me into bands like Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana. And they were also listening to bands like Pantera, Sepultura and White Zombie, which scared the hell out of me as a kid. My dad actually wound up getting really into White Zombie because of those guys.

When I was 9, I decided that Metallica was my favorite band, even though I had only heard a staticy "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" on the radio.

From then on, I started exploring heavier music. I got myself into Pantera, and was hooked for quite some time.

Then I met the Cocherane brothers when I was in 8th grade, down here in South Carolina. They introduced me to a lot of my favorite music today.

From here, the story gets really long and complicated.

So, to make my life story of music short, here's a brief schematic of who got me into what.

My dad - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, The Who, The Doors, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Prine
My mom - Motown
My sister - Shellac, O'Death, Earth
My brothers - The Grateful Dead, Corrosion of Conformity, Meshuggah, Car Bomb, Gojira
The Poore brothers - Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, White Zombie
The Cocherane brothers - Slayer, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Opeth, King Crimson, Mr. Bungle, The Misfits, Dead Kennedys, The Mars Volta, Iron Maiden, Bad Religion
Dan Mesich - Dysrhythmia, Psyopus, Isis, Pelican, Fantomas
Tommy Brady - NOFX
Billy Bullard - I.C.P., Pig Destroyer, The Black Keys, Easy Star Dub All-Stars
Cathy Nguyen - The Roots, Zebulon Pike, Frederic Chopin, Garage a Trois

Bands/Artists I discovered on my own
Metallica, Pantera, Between the Buried and Me, Primus, Tom Waits, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My flatmate from last year had a massive influence on my music, introducing me to Bob Dylan (amazing that it took so long) and many, many others with his expansive music collection. Before that a friend who encouraged my taste in modern stuff to flourish really acted as an enabler. As well as Ethan who introduced me to a world of music outside of metal.

So that's a reverse order of probably my three biggest musical influences upon my current music tastes. Without them I don't think my music taste would've got very far. I'm begrudging towards a proactive approach to anything and I happen across new stuff largely by chance.

I've introduced friends to bands they hadn't heard of that they got into. I wouldn't go so far as to claim I've had a significant effect on their overall taste in music though.

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