I can remember the first time I purchased music with my own hard-earned coin (it’s crazy to think the majority of Earth actually bought their music back then, innit?). I was “boy-bands-are-all-the-noise” years old and my musical taste aligned with that paradigm. So Mom took her pre-pubescent 10-year-old up to the local mall and into an FYE outlet store, where I would incur unavoidable post-purchase dissonance. The decision was between two of the hottest bands around at the time: Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray. A better win-win situation hasn’t been experienced to this day. The catch was that I only had enough dough to buy one of the albums as a compact disc (which will be referred to solely as “CD” from here on out); the other would have to be a cassette tape. After some trepidation, Smash Mouth’s album All-Star overtook Sugar Ray’s Every Morning for my prized CD Walkmen spot, as I had just acquired one of those now-archaic gadgets brand new. And a couple hundred repeat plays later, well, all other hobbies have played second fiddle ever since.
Music has played an integral role for the majority of my 25 years. My first instrument… (if you don’t count the Happy Meal toy-esque recorder I eloquently ripped hot cross buns off on in elementary music) a Fender Stratocaster, to which I’m still not worthy of owning. My first concert… a prototypical Justin Timberlake teenage bump ‘n’ grind blur. And my first festival… an embodiment of the word “phantasmagorical” amidst the rolling hills and cooling waters of Lake Balaton in Hungary. I also wanna mention my inaugural time seeing a DJ play– Skrillex in Chicago in early 2011– as it was the first time I met head editor Eric; this event was evidently monumental in getting the opportunity be a part of Glass Duffle. He gave me a platform for my voice to first be heard back in November of last year, where I had scripted a thought piece on how to maximize oneself as a student, and I’m humbled now to be brought back.
Alas, here we are with my first
official writing gig. Though my musical taste has become bolder since the Smash Mouth days, I make no claims of being a maestro on the topic by any means. I’m simply a human being who enjoys the allures of music and all of the positive adjectives that coexist with it. My goal, if you will, of contributing regularly on here won’t be a concrete one; I would like to a bring healthy dialogue to a wide and undefined range of topics within sound, song, or, really, just anything else in the beautiful madness known as ‘life’.
While not limited to contributing to the musical section here, most of my energy will be spent in that subject. I welcome anyone and everyone to link up with me during this journey on my main platforms for audio: Hype Machine and Spotify. Most rewardingly, I look forward to sharing tunes, anecdotes, vibes, and laughs with you guys, in hopes that you’ll reciprocate along the way.