What a cathartic exercise. I feel like I’ve sifted through my whole living memory! This turned out to be easier than I thought to start off with, then my early 20’s hit and it becomes impossible to sum up my taste up in a playlist (cue eye roll). In fact, a lot of my favourite music ever was discovered in the last 5/10 years, but the directions I took then are inevitable given the foundation.
I was highly influenced by my self-professed muso Dad in the early years, thus subjected to music from the past as well as contemporary. I was an ardent Blur fan over Oasis in my late single-figures and massively into the 'Big Beat’ scene, while my Dad also slipped me punk, classic rock and reggae from yesteryear.
The next stage was autonomous discovery, well, basically whatever MTV2 had on (90’s/early 00’s alt rock). Swiftly after that the teenage years started, the age when you could be part of a scene. This happened to be 2003-2009, and being a relatively 'alt' kid I went with the burgeoning indie / post-punk revival scene. This morphed into electro house, then UK club music in my uni years.
Here’s where it gets difficult to surmise but I’ll keep it short! I felt a duty to get into as much into as much music as possible. With the foundation I had, including smatterings of genres I’d flirted with over the years alongside the main “scene”, I’ve been going down non-western, pre-90’s, hip hop and electronic rabbit holes to name a few. I’ll have to thank the almighty internet for allowing me to do so. TV shows, films and video games (GTA) also massively helped, and still do.