At the age of 14, I was stricken with a very melancholy state of mind. Due to personal and family issues, this condition remained chronic. With the strong support of my mother and father, and my father's purchasing of two synthesizers, top-notch Rowland, and a music creation software (this is 1995, mind you), I began to find an outlet with creating music. At the time, my musical influences were still broad, but I hadn't been exposed to too much having grown up in Central Illinois. My music, although raw and occassionally off-beat, still captures my state with a sort of sad beauty. I wished that I knew better at how to add good beats and create faster music, but it seemed my heart only created Enya and Yanni influenced sounds.
At the age of 16, I was allowed to live with my sister in Barcelona Spain. There, instead of bumping loud rap music, the guys played loud 148 bpm techno. I thought it humorous and geeky at the time. Eventually, I was exposed to Trip Hop and instrumental Hip Hop; Thievery Corporation, DJ BMF, etc. Then one night a friend forced me to dance to some trance music. It finally clicked. I fell in love with electronic music.
6 months later I was back in the states, in Central Illinois. There was no peers to share music with and nobody got it. It was before the big internet booming, so it was difficult to discover music. So, I scoured CD stores for familiar sounding tracks or artists and bought them on whims and guesses. It was an expensive way to reach new music, but it seemed the only way.
Off to college at ASU, I was still a sort of outsider that was into electronic music. Slowly that culture seemed to grow, and I found Mixmag and XLR8R to help me guide my purchases. CDNow.com, which is now amazon.com was a source I could find obscure titles and artists.
Now, at 30, I still find myself attracted to the rhythms, the synths, and the unique sound of electronic music. I still hold Enya and Vivaldi and Ludivico Einaudi in very high regard, and they do make my playlists on occassion. However, its more often filled with Bluetech, ZeroOne, Oakenfold, DJ Frane, Mr Scruff, Mrs Jynx, Coldcut mixes, Danny Barbour, Ulrich Schnauss, etc. I find that music is the easiest hobby for me to maintain while liviing my very busy life. It soothes me, pumps me up, and can take me to another place. I can't stand listening to the radio because the music sounds much like bubble gum pop and seems all to easy and predictable. I crave new sounds.
Users who follow MadMu5icJunky
Bristol, Britain (UK)
Dashboard Professional™ & Box Car Raver®
Chilltown, United States
Snohomish, Washington, United States
Denver, United States
Santa Ana, United States