Are You A Music Elitist?

10 Signs you’re a Music Elitist.

1. You refused to listen to Justin Bieber because you don’t want to be ‘ that person’

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2. You Judge peoples music choice. If they don’t know every song on the album they’re not a real fan.

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3. You feel the need to explain classical music memes to your friends ‘ just in case’ they don’t get it.

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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

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5. you refuse to agree to today’s definition of music.

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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.

#StopMusicElitism

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

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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

#STOPMUSICELITISM.

because we need to

Turn up the music and turn down the hate.

Musical Elitism Is Real

The other day we had a submission from one of our followers, Sean Johnston on his experience of music elitism. Musical Elitism is prevalent in today’s society and in a society where music is one of the only pure forms of release for a person stories like Sean’s show it is important to respect all musical choices even if it isn’t one you would make yourself.

My first ever Cd I owned was Savage Garden. I was clearly destined for greatness. I played it on my nifty second hand walkman my brother handed down to me. Little did I know that the great feeling I got from my beats and tunes would later be met by an overpowering hatred an alienation from my peers… Just because my music wasn’t the preferred taste of the majority I wasn’t allowed to ride shotgun in my “mates car”… I felt inadequate as a person. One day I realised, all music is beautiful. Music is a concoction of sounds, its a primitive thing to enjoy as it is but if one person likes that concoction of sounds well then it is music, beautiful music.

#StopMusicElitism

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Five Steps To Appreciating All Music

Many of us like to stay in the familiar bubble of music choices.
Perhaps we would like more music if we took the time to listen to it. perhaps
we would figure out why we don’t like it, but understand why others would.
Either way,

Just follow these five steps!

 

 

 

1. Ask a friend what the most obscure song they have in their musical collection and listen to it.

 

2. Get lost in Youtube. Have you ever found yourself watching a Youtube video hours after you said you would just watch one and ended up deep in the depths of Youtube you didn’t even know existed?  Try and use this  technique to find new music. You’d be amazed at range of talented musicians you can find making music you never knew existed.

3. Go to Band Night! Did you know that UNSW has bands and DJ’s play on Wednesday nights? Did you know that these bands are awesome? From Rock to Jazz there are all kinds of music to discover! Grab some friends and have a drink taking in the sweet sound of music.

4. Download the free songs from Itunes! Itunes often has a song from a new band in their collection that you can download for free. It might not be your normal taste, but it doesn’t hurt to try it out. Besides, everything is better when it’s free.

5. Don’t Criticize a song the first time you listen to it. How many times have you listened to the album of a favourite artist and told someone that a particular song you now love simply ‘ snuck up on you’?  Let the music wash over you and don’t judge it until at least the third time you listen to it..

 

We Need To Stop

Think for a moment…
when was the last time you refused to put your music on in the car for fear that your friends would groan in annoyance?

When was the last time you told someone you absolutely hated an artist or that they sucked?

How many times have you heard people hating on popular music, rap, Hip Hop, Country, Indie?

The Answer?
TOO MANY TIMES.

We live in an age where we have more music than ever available for our listening, on the charts, on Youtube, in the pub scene the possibilities for hearing and sharing new sounds are almost endless!

And yet, there have been too many times where I have found myself apologizing for my song choices to others.
I’m sure you have too.

Tastes will always be different and varied, but surely we can appreciate music for the joy it was made to bring us.

Join the movement to #STOPMUSICELITISM

Share what you love and love what you share.

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