_Far From The Edge: Episode 04

_Far From The Edge: Episode 04

Guilty Pleasure?

When surrounded by people who know so much about a very niche and concentrated music genre, not having similar tastes in music is socially harmful.

Musical guilt is annoying.

Since coming to Bristol, I have found that I change what I say is my primary taste in music depending on which group of friends I am with at the time; there never seems to be a time where I can confidently commit to one specific genre of music that I like.

Imagine the mockery made of a punk-rocker who also likes jazz, or someone into deep trance who enjoys a bit of k-pop on Saturday nights.

This seems to be the case with people who have broad tastes in music, like myself. We can never really let others onto the fact that we aren’t only passionately married to post-modern quasi-funk-inspired jungle (I made that up), but if we say we like other music too we are instantly branded as a hypocritical drifter.

The way people so willingly identify and attach themselves to one movement of music is actually a good thing in terms of creating overall diversity, however invalidating one’s opinion based on what music or which clubs they go out to, is harmful and encourages situational conformity, which is where people adopt what is popular in their current social circle and discourage and socially punish deviations from this norm in tastes.

This article is a confession, yet I feel that it shouldn’t be.

Why is it so hard to understand that not only do people have differing tastes in music, but are also able to maintain multiple tastes for different genres? Imagine the mockery made of a punk-rocker who also likes jazz, or someone into deep trance who enjoys a bit of k-pop on Saturday nights.

I personally feel that this trend of musical intolerance is usually outgrown as people age, become wiser and more acclimatised to different musical styles and develop their own sense of musical diversity.

Gone will be the days of hard-faced stares at gigs and events judging those who aren’t die-hard followers of the performer, hopefully replaced by genuine smiles celebrating how unique everyone’s tastes are.

I know I whining about it, and I know it’s a very first-world problem, but nevertheless it would be nice to admit I can chill out listening to a little Ibiza-style electro house, nu-metal, jazzy techno and grime all on the same morning without being ridiculed for it.

Oh, and a couple songs by Drake too

All these flavours and you choose to be salty
— Popular internet meme

Darius Ghadiali

(Underground Columnist)