Why is Music Elitism a social issue?

You’ve probably heard the saying that ‘ big things come in small packages’,

This much is true about stopping music elitism. Whilst for some, the idea of taking the effort to appreciate more music seems trivial, it is in fact another t-word. Stopping Music Elitism is a trigger.

A trigger?  Well, if we humans of society can see it within ourselves to be kinder about a subject such as musical taste, we can realise how easy it is to take up that approach when it comes to respecting and questioning all aspects of society that cause disdain, hatred and war such as religion and politics.

When we realise that being nice isn’t actually that hard to achieve and that by setting little goals such as stopping music elitism, we can create a big change in society as a whole, our tolerance of other people, no matter what creed.

So why wouldn’t I just create a ‘ be kind to others’ campaign?

Well the truth in the matter is that being kind as a social campaign can become complacent pretty quickly. If I say please and thank you, I am being kind. If I help an old lady carry her bag off the bus then I am being kind and these are all fantastic actions, but they are also physical acts of kindness. It is much harder to change the thinking in your brain than it is the direction of your feet.

Now, this does not discredit the physical acts of kindness, they are absolutely fantastic! I just couldn’t seem to connect with them on a deep enough level. I have not struggled with having to be kind, It was how I was brought up.

I do however, struggle not to judge peoples music. I usually like a bit of music from every genre and I don’t have a hatred for any genre, but I do still catch myself thinking negatively about music. Just today I was watching the top 40 countdown and a song that came on seemed to rub me the wrong way, i couldn’t connect to the message and the music really frustrated my senses. I thought ‘ What a horrible song.’ before i stopped myself. This song was number 29 on the charts. So not only did that mean it was popular enough to be a success, but that it must have brought enough joy for them to pay for the music on itunes. I realized that I had broken my rule on appreciating music, which is to not judge music until the third time you listen to it.

It is because of my own thoughts and feelings that I created Stop Music Elitism. Because I used to be that teenage girl who loved Taylor Swift but sneered at people who liked Justin Bieber. Admittedly, it was more due to the fact that he 5 days older than me and I felt way more mature than him, but I was the bully, even though I never said anything out loud.

Recently, I have been letting my sister immerse me into the world of One Direction. I have always enjoyed their singles but never really gave them the time of day past that since they seemed to be more geared towards teenage girls, even though again, every single one of them was older than me.


Even 5SOS is now being appreciated. This whole boy band thing is on a role in my opinion, Amnesia anyone? Such a great one to blast out in the car.

So why did I choose Stopping Music Elitism as a social campaign?

Mahatma Ghandi once said to ‘ Be the change you want to see in the world.’

and I am making that change, however small it may seem.


Being a Fan, you need to learn R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Music fans 

As a fan of music, I try my best to be respectful of others music choices. Afterall, that is what Stop Music Elitism is all about. However stopping Music Elitism isn’t just about appreciating the different tastes of music. It is also about respecting your fellow fans and of course, the artist.

Isn’t that kind of obvious? Well westernized humans have been raised to think selfishly. Everything is ‘my house, my family, my job, my favourite artist, my place in the line.’ It’s survival of the fittest, and apparently it applies to how we act towards each other in general.

The other day I bought my tickets to Ed Sheeran’s next album tour. I am extremely excited to see him, but also quite uneasy about our tickets. It’s not because tickets these days are extremely expensive, it’s not that I got bad seats, it is that I got the standing area. Those are supposed to be some of the best tickets at the concert right? I have the chance to get right up close and personal with Ed, but that is exactly what the other few hundred people with standing tickets think and last time, that became a huge problem.

Now as a person i veer towards the short side, so I like to head towards the front of the stage,because I want to be able to see it. At Ed’s last concert everyone seemed to have the same idea, but instead of politely accepting their place in the crowd after the initial rush there were ridiculous amounts of pushing forwards and backwards from the fans. I got separated from my siblings and felt like I was being crushed alive at some points of the night. It got so intense that they had to send in a group of security to physically force people back, acting like a barrier. So intense that Gabrielle Aplin had to stop her opening act to tell people to calm down.

Is that not ridiculous?  I am not someone to hate on other fans, I never look down on those who jump on the bandwagon later then others, and I am always appreciative when an artist becomes more popular because that means there is more chances of getting some awesome new music. However, at that moment, I hated the other fans. I hated the girl who yelled out ‘ I LOVE YOU’ to Ed when he had asked repeatedly for silence. I hated the people who were squashing my alive. I hated that they didn’t  show any respect for eachother, I hated that they didn’t show any respect for the performers.

So this is just a reminder that your love for an artist does not hold more value than somebody else.

Your love for an artist does not give you the right to mistreat others in the crowd and it definitely does not give you the right to disrespect the artist themselves.

So in wake of these concerts this is my reminder.

we are all here for the same reason so treat each other right.

Stopping Music Elitism includes showing a bit more R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.- Washington Irving


One day, when I was about 15 years old. I caught up with one of my great friends who I don’t get to see often enough.  Maddie brought a smile on everyone’s faces and was just one of those people who loved life. Hanging out with her was always so much fun. She’ s up for anything, swimming, the theatre the lot.

One day I discovered that Maddie had been keeping a secret from me and other friends. The funny thing was that when I found out what it was, I couldn’t possibly understand why it seemed to be a problem.

You see, Maddie loved Metal music Super intense, super powerful metal music. This girl with long blonde hair  who bounced along as opposed to walked loved something that seemed to hold so much angst.

I thought it was awesome. How cool to have a fact about you that was unique. My musical interest was quite unexplored and closed of in comparison.

Perhaps, it operated as her outlet, allowing any anguish or anxiety to wash through her with the smashing of the drums. Perhaps she found joy through the crescendos that built up in the songs.

All I know is that it inspired me to look at two things, music taste, and what others think of it. I was motivated further beyond the top 40 countdown which always has a multitude of songs that stir the emotions inside of me from joy to despair.

Music Moves me.

From  Yiruma’s classical ‘ River flow in you’ piano piece,  that I used as a lullaby when I was 14 and ridiculously obsessed with twilight. From my 80’s, 90’s and naughties karaoke classics to the beautiful melodies of Mr Ed Sheeran bearing his soul through his music. I am still constantly discovering new music, genres and artist that move me.

So of course when Maddie told me about her favourite music and how it was unusual. I realised she was scared of not just being different but of others acting musically elite and destroying a part of what she loves.

my first thought was

‘ How can something that brings us so much joy, that connects us so absolutely to our emotions, be so easily dismissed as crap? How can people try so hard to bring others down about  one of the only things in this world that works to build us up?’

Maddie is now building a career for herself in radio, and embraces her musical tastes as a love that she is most definitely allowed to have. She taught me something that everyone needs to learn

If you want people to be the best version of themselves, and not just a second-rate version of someone else, then you need to

accept the parts about them that makes them unique. They need to be comfortable accepting themselves and it’s moments like those, where I noticed someone was afraid to turn up the music due to others that inspired me to rise above the minds that are subdued by misfortune, hate and insecurity and start


because we need to

Turn up the music and turn down the hate.