What's up, you sweet babyboi's of Hive? I felt like doing something a bit different from the normal garbage I like to post here. I've been going back recently and listening to my old boner jams from my teenage years that I've forgotten about. You know, to expand my little library/playlist and also just for the fuck of it for nostalgia. Either way, it's made me realize that my tastes in music have changed a metric fuck ton as I've gotten older, as well as my viewpoint on music and specific musical genres as a whole. So, I figured I'd milk my curiosity about where everyone started and has ended up with their love of music, and post this shit to Hive, babyyy.
And, I'll start it off by dropping some examples of what I've listened to over the years and how I got introduced to it, since I don't want to come off as an ultra mega lazy fucker or anything. You know, gotta keep up appearances and what not.
Faith No More
The very first band that I was exposed to as a kid, or at least the first one that I can remember, anyways. I heard this band in the car while I was driving around with my dad probably when I was around 5 years old. I don't really remember whatever 5 year old me thought at the time, but, I'm assuming I must have liked it as I don't remember pissing and shitting my pants in abhorrent anger that I couldn't listen to nursey rhymes or anything. I would definitely say my family's music choice probably helped to shape mine as I grew up, as I tended to listen to whatever they listened to, genre wise. Other similar bands I heard a lot along with these guys were bands like Boston, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, etc.
A few years after my parents introduced me to rock music, I stumbled upon the rap genre from my sister, since she kind of had a Malibu's Most Wanted period in her teenage years. I didn't really like much of what she played, until she had MTV on one day and I caught the music video for this masterpiece of a song. I mean, how could you not just fall in love with this track? What, with DMX's beautiful voice and eloquent lyricism. Not to mention his crack addiction which has landed him in jail more than any other person I've ever heard of. Maybe someday he'll grow up a bit though and start doing bath salts, you know, a real mans choice of drug. But, yeah. I would guess 9 year old me liked this track a lot because it's just a shit ton of hyped up energy basically, which appeals to children who are snorting sugar constantly. Obviously others felt this way, since they use his tunes for hype music in a ton of shit even 20 years later.
Moving on about 3 years when I was 12, a friend showed me a band he recently had gotten into which turned out to be Sum 41. This was my introduction to punk/pop punk music, and from here I started listening to bands like this and Blink 182 a lot. Probably in part because everyone in my friend group at the time was jerking off over the genre. While I now am not a huge fan of pop punk music, in particular Blink 182, I still go back occasionally and will listen Sum 41 for a song or two. I definitely think they got more shit than they deserved, and that they're a lot better than most bands who were in that scene at that time.
And, now, we're to the part of my life where I was 14 and became a god damn emo kid for the following 2 years. This was my first introduction to emo/post hardcore music from a friend who showed them to me, and I'll be completely honest, I still listen to this band to this day. I'm not crazy about a ton of emo/post hardcore bands, but these guys have always stuck with me. I think a fair amount of early 2000's emo music actually bangs pretty damn hard for people, and it has influenced a ton of music that we've been hearing these days. Case in point would be someone like Juice WRLD who made and helped popularize what is essentially emo rap. So, yeah. I still have a soggy spot in my shorts for this band and other bands like Chiodos, and can say they've influenced a lot of my music taste to this day.
Between The Buried And Me
Towards the end of my emo days, I started changing my friend group a bit and befriended a bunch of metalheads who introduced me to what metal was in the modern day. The first of which was Between The Buried And Me, which I absolutely fell in love with. I'd not heard any music at the time that was so fast paced and technical while sounding brutal as fuck. As you can probably all tell, I still am obsessed with metal music decades later, so I guess I found my place in the world music wise. But, this band was the re-entry for me into the genre past bands like Metallica. After this band, I found others I loved like Killswitch Engage, Suicide Silence, Job For A Cowboy, As Blood Runs Black, etc. So, shoutout to the two guys who showed me this band, even though one of them is an incel drug addict from what I hear and the other has just vanished.
And, now I'm gonna bring up what good old Deadspace listens to these days, because otherwise this post would go on for a god damn millennia. As far as hip hop/rap goes, I've moved on from the crack king DMX, I'm sad to say, to more "underground" sounding rap and hip hop. Such as the artist known as Ghostemane. This artist takes a lot of influence from black metal/doom metal and hardcore punk music and brings it into his own work (From what I recall, he was in a hardcore punk/doom metal band for awhile). I have a hard time finding rap artists that I can connect with and actually enjoy listening to, but stuff like Ghostemane and $uicideboy$ certainly gets me wagging my finger in the air.
Another genre that I had no idea about until the past couple of years is Synthwave, which I've really grown to like a lot. In particular the band Carpenter Brut. I'm not really sure where Synthwave falls in the EDM scene, but it's pretty much the only sub-genre of electronic music I've actually been able to fall down a rabbit hole with. Besides other synthwave bands like Dance With The Dead, the only other electronic music I've liked was the Daft Punk soundtrack for Tron Legacy. I dunno, Snythwave just absolutely slaps and I love listening to this when going for walks or drives. If I had to blame anyone for my love of this, I guess it should be anyone who made an 80's horror movie that had synth in it, as I'm sure that somehow twisted my mind into getting an erection now to this type of music.
Slaughter To Prevail
The final little entry into this post is Slaughter To Prevail, one of the most recent metal bands I've found that I fuck with. I could have picked a ton to place here, since my metal catalogue has grown a shit ton over the past 2 years. However, this band culminates a lot of what I loved as a teenager. You can hear a lot of different metal styles in their work. Stuff from the deathcore/metalcore/grindcore/black metal genres, even stuff where I feel like they incorporated some nu metal elements. The vocal work with this band is great, and their instrumentals are always really fun. I kind of just randomly picked these guys to toss in here, but I think they're a pretty good choice to end on. I've become way more open to all genres of music as I've gotten older, but metal will always have a place in my cold, dead heart :)
So, what about you fine folks? What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and where are your music tastes now? Why don't you make a post so that, you, too, can milk the system for some sweet, sweet Hive? Or, if you're a fucking bum just drop a comment and let me know. I'm curious where some of you guys may have started with music and where you've ended up. But, until next time, which will be sometime next week probably since I have a minor surgery on Wednesday, take it easy, doods!