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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.
10 Signs you’re a Music Elitist.
1. You refused to listen to Justin Bieber because you don’t want to be ‘ that person’
2. You Judge peoples music choice. If they don’t know every song on the album they’re not a real fan.
3. You feel the need to explain classical music memes to your friends ‘ just in case’ they don’t get it.
4. You assure people that music sounds 1000 times better on Vinyl. But Dr Dre Beats will have to do for when you’re not at home
5. you refuse to agree to today’s definition of music.
6. You hate everything on the radio.
7. You complain about music at a party.
8. You believe you were born in the wrong time.
9. You sincerely believe that if someone has a bad taste in music. They should be made to feel like shit about it at every opportunity.
10. You were nodding throughout this whole post and still don’t feel like you’re a bad person.
If you agreed with most of these posts, congratulations you’re a music elitist! You think your music taste is better than everyone elses and thinks that they should know it, despite any effect it might have on their self esteem, confidence or trust in you as a person.
You need to stop.
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.