I consider myself to be a music enthusiast. I’m sure some people think I’m a music snob, or a music nerd, but I don’t like those terms since I try not to reject one style over another, and I am happy to listen to music I don’t like or understand. I love Outsider Music, I listen to the latest pop star and the latest alt-country act with equal excitement.
A year or two ago I went to see Ministry live, and opening for them was Meshuggah. I have to admit…I loved the show! I actually preferred Meshuggah over Ministry. They opened my eyes to the complex nature of metal. I couldn’t understand it! I couldn’t figure out how the musicians did it. That’s what drew me to the genre…it was complex, mysterious, and unique.
See…before that moment I didn’t ‘hate’ death metal but I also never really looked into it.
Fast forward to now…and for a year I’ve been told that Dubstep is ‘now’ the best music out there…the future…is going to take over…blah blah blah. I reacted the same way as I did with death metal…I asked a few people to send me links to ‘amazing’ Dubstep, you know, that song or artist that made them fall in love with the genre. Song after song was sent my way with descriptors like “Sick!” “Amazing!” “Best song I’ve ever heard.”
Song after song bored the living fuck out of me. Literally! The ‘sickest’ song to me sounded like a track that was going somewhere…and then opted to go nowhere instead…and that choice is what people love!! It built me up to expect a payout but instead slowed down, turned up the bass, and often did little else. I didn’t get it, but I also couldn’t see what people were talking about.
That was my problem…if I don’t understand but can see what people like about a genre, I give the genre credit. But I could see no redeeming characteristics, and worse…no one could describe it for me!!
…requests for “What is it you like about these songs” were constantly met with the same notes I was given before…Sick! Amazing! Best song I’ve ever heard.
I asked if you could dance to it…no response.
I asked if it was better to listen to if you were high…no response.
At this point I almost felt like dubstep was popular because…it was popular! Like Zsa Zsa Gabor, famous for being famous.
A recent comment on my blog brought the subject back up, praising the music industry for catching on to the popularity of dubstep much faster than usual: Britney Spears incorporates it, radio stations are even dropping in dubstep tracks, a ‘dubstep’ DJ (…though most of what I’ve heard has been drum and bass or other genres) graced the cover of Toronto’s free culture weekly, NOW, last week.
But no one has been able to explain it to me other than to reject me for not getting it naturally! “Oh…it’s underground…you wouldn’t get it.” Like I’m ‘not a kid today’ so I can’t get it. I’m pretty kid like. Ask anyone…I play with stuffed animals AND play my music loud!!
This past weekend I listened to CRAPLOADS of dubstep, I found a track or two I enjoyed for what it was, and tried to immerse myself. I still can’t see it as anything different than a passing musical fad – like happy hardcore, or grunge. There are many salespeople and fans, but it’s almost like they’ve either sold their previous preferences to engage themselves ‘solely’ in the genre, or have been fans since it’s emergence five or six years ago and have rejected all other music as a result.
Which may be a reason I don’t get it…if you’re close-minded and only like a genre, you’ll defend it to the death but probably can’t explain it well to the uninitiated because there’s nothing to compare it to.
Correct me! Educate me! Don’t just push me aside and tell me that if I don’t get it now I probably never will. I’m a music enthusiast, I want to get it and I know there’s a reason you like it. I just need a fellow enthusiast to tell me how!