It takes more than notes to impress me.
As the years pass we tend to develop a different pallet of likes and dislikes and loves. It seems the older I get, the more picky I become musically. Guitar riffs bore me to death, and that’s the majority of the guitar music that is coming forth these days, but sometimes I am impressed. Being a guitarist myself you would say, hypocrite, not so, basically the depth of guitar and music for that matter is lost in many areas these days so it’s no wonder I was un-wowed by Emo and other forms of music since early 2000. The true artist is lost to the mass of so-called musicians. We live in a time where everyone wants to be a musician, or everyone is a musician.
Can everyone be poets? No of course not, where would the romance be if that were true, yet everyone is a poet, do you see my point? Beat-makers a plenty is today’s world of music. One is a so-called drummer, one is a so-called guitarist, he/she can play a few chords and form a band and have fun, music is more than that. It’s a depth that is so intense that it makes you feel as if you’re rising off the ground. I haven’t heard much guitar music that gives me chills since the late 90s, and that comes from taste and being a little more selective than others, this isn’t my fault, it’s just the way things are. So in this regard I simply go backwards into what I love, I did grow up to many things, guitar music in the 90s was pretty amazing, ever feel chills listening to AIC? I did and still do, and I’m not super into listening to Grunge as much these days, I still enjoy it at times, it is in fact the music I grew up to. Electronic was my 2nd love, guitar the first. Don’t forget Radiohead, amazing music.
So I began playing guitar in 1992 then came to experiment with electronic about 1998, over the years from 2000 - I’ve heard a lot of music that bores me to death, I literately turn off whatever noise machine I’m hearing, radio or television and go looking for something that moves me, I’m spoiled, can’t help it. When you have a Classical taste, “this is a figure of speech” you want more that a couple of heavy chords, you want substance, I’m hungry I say, so I go looking for intelligent music that eventually fulfills me. In the past more people would explore music in big ways, during the 80s there were these avant-garde groups such as Dalis Car , Peter Murphy - Bauhaus and Mick Karn - of Japan, I never heard this music until about 3 years ago, you can imagine how I felt hearing it, amazing work.
A lot of these gems are hidden in the past, but thanks to the Internet we can now find them. Take today’s underground music, such brilliant musicians I’ve met. Brokenkites, Wasaaga, and 3dtorus and a few others and thankfully I know them. These are what I call ‘artists’ real musicians, they move me, it takes a lot to move me, just as I have to make music to move myself, EDM does not move me, Dubstep does not, but the real passionate spirit of a talented person who isn’t just pushing buttons does. Call me a music snob I don’t care, let’s hear something that is brilliant for a change, math rock is getting old and Electronic music is still far from being explored, the hidden artists are doing things that no ears have heard before, yet these people are ignored to the greatest degree, while pop-media is #1. Do you realize that the music that has been played outside the underground has sounded that way for over 15 years? That’s a pretty sad thing isn’t it? So clearly the depth is lost with repetition and drone-like guitar muddiness that never seems to change, Cold Play anyone? Now you understand..