The first song I remember knowing all the words to was ‘You’re Beautiful’ by James Blunt. The first guy I remember having a crush on was Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. My first concert was Arctic Monkeys and my life ambition has always been to become best friends with Taylor Swift. I like to think I have a fairly eclectic taste in music, mostly due to my older sister being a diehard Westlife fan and me developing a habit of stealing my mum’s Blondie records when I was five.
A couple of weeks ago I was shuffling my Spotify and I instinctively changed my session to private when a One Direction song came on. Then I caught myself; why was I doing that? I loved the song and had no intention of skipping it, so why didn’t I want it on my page? Then I realised: I DIDN’T WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO KNOW.
Recently I’ve noticed on various social media sites – especially Twitter – a growing disdain for people who don’t like a certain genre of music, or, God forbid, are labelled ‘fake fans’ by the seasoned listeners, who obviously came out of the womb knowing every word to every song ever written.
Keeping up with what’s considered cool is a full-time job and, personally, I would rather spend my time listening to music I actually enjoy. I’ve loved The Wombats since they released their first album in 2007. Does that mean I have more right to enjoy their music than somebody who’s only ever heard one song? NO, it does not. Everyone was a new follower at some point and if they genuinely enjoy the music they’re listening to then what’s the problem?
This newfound sense of ownership over bands is causing the indie elite to jump from one to the next, discarding musicians who are becoming too ‘mainstream’ and searching for the next big thing. Music is not a competitive sport. Everyone is welcome to enjoy or not enjoy whatever they want and that is literally the BEAUTY of music; there’s something for everyone whether it’s rock, indie, punk, reggae, or even chart music. Music is so cool. It brings people together and helps a lot of people with a lot of things- let’s remember that instead of focusing on whether or not a certain song will gain you indie points.