I've always had a passion for music. I tried several instruments but never made it past learning other people's songs. As with studying English Literature - learning other people's works isn't as fun as creating your own.
The first music I heard was tapes belonging to my parents. One I remember fondly was an instrumental synthesizer compilation album. This started my passion for instrumental music. As I got a little older I used to listen to the BGM tracks on repeat on Mega Drive and Snes video games. My first CD I owned came with a Snes version of Killer Instinct.
The first CD I bought was Surrender by the Chemical Brothers. I was drawn towards the artwork and it turned out to be an amazing album. A girl I was attracted to at school (but whom I never spoke to) was into punk and rock music. The second CD I ever bought was Nevermind by Nirvana. This started my journey into exploring rock and metal music. I was a metalhead for many years. These days I look back on the rather immature and elitist pride I had for these genres with regret. I was pretty closed minded when it came to music.
In my college days I began to explore music more. GTA3's reggae radio station was "Scientist Rids The World Of The Curse Of The Evil Vampires" a dub album by Scientist. This was a genre I really began to enjoy. I often prefer the dub versions of reggae tunes as Reggae themes and lyrics are just as cliche as other genres, in some cases more than.
I continued to explore musical genres further into my university years. Where I began to enjoy jungle, breakcore and attending illegal raves and squat parties. I spent a few years experimenting with drugs and the party scene. This developed my musical tastes further and into the darker realms of Hardtek, Gabber and Splittercore.
When I became more reclusive in my mid 20's my musical exploration really took off. I started to download thousands of albums and hundreds of artists discographies. I wound up with a 35,000 song backlog that I'm still working through and adding to.
At present my music library spans over 600 genres. To save space I've deleted anything I don't rate 5*. Every few years I go through songs I've kept to ensure they all meet my current tastes/criteria. I can get through a few thousand songs a month if I keep at it. My record in 1 day was getting trhough over 1400 songs. I tend to keep around 1 in 20/30 songs that I download and listen to.
In recent profiles I've written a list of all the bands and musicians I listen to. This list has never been completed and would take an unhealthy amount of time to complete. One day I might get there:
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Earfist, Earl hooker, Earmake, Earthen, Earthquake, East Breaks In Thousand, East Kingdom, Eaststrikewest, East Star All-Stars, Eaze, EBE Company, EBOT, Ecchi-chan, Ech(o), Echo Beach, Ed Cox, Ed Gein, Ed McCurdy, Eddie Hill, Eddie Jefferson, EDIT, Edmond Hall, Edu Lobo, Edwin Birdsong, Eftos!rx, Egazeba, Egnal Ramd, RGO, Egoshoota, Eisfabrik, Eiterherd, Ekaros, Eklyps, El-B, Electric Youth, Electro Organic Sound System, Electro Spectre, Electronic Music Composer, Electronical Destruction, Element Of Crime, Elenika, ELF, Eliane Elias, Elis Regina, Elkskin, Ella Fitzgerald, Elliphant, Ellis Island Sound, Elonious Funk, Eluveitie, Ely Muff, Elysian Fields, Emalkay, Emar, Embreach, Emil Royymayer, Emotional Joystick, Empathy Test, Emperor, Emperor Machine, Encounter, Enduser, Endymion, Energie Du Verre, Engage, Enigma Kokos, Enjoii, E-Noid, Enslaved, Enticer, Enya, Eod, Epitome Of Sound, EPMD, Epsilon, EQual Beats, Equilibrium, Equinox, Eraplee Noisewall Orchestra, Erasure, Erebus Redemption, Ergo Fitz, Eric B, Eric Morris, Erik Jackson, Ernesto Erre, Esbe, Escape The Fate, Esma Redzepova, Esther Marrow, Ethiopians, Euan Cai Atkinson, Eufoteoria, Eurythmics, Evan Morris, Evanescence, Eve St Jones, Everyday Madness, Everything Everything, Evidence, Evilwave, Evol Intent, Ewan Hoozami, Ewan McDermott, E-Wok, Exagon, Excision, Exilion, Existence 2.0, Exode, Expender, Experimental Chemistry, Expert In mental, Explicit, Extol, Extreme, Eye, Eye-D, Eyes Set To Kill, Ezavskih.