This year was full of ups and downs, but filled with live music. To know me a bit more, I need to tell you, I was always afraid of crowds. So much so I was not attending any big events. First concert I attended (I’m not talking about the small “accidental” ones) in 2014, being 23. I decided to go big, bought a regular ticket for 30 Seconds to Mars, then an upgrade for a soundcheck and that was basically it. No golden circle, just a “regular Joe” ticket. Being alone in a huge crowd gave me a perspective (after I stopped hyperventilating and calmed myself down). In 2015 I attended only one concert, Royal Blood. It was a slightly smaller event, but it was worth it.
My only new year’s resolution was to see more live music and finally live the life I should. And I have to say, I did it. There are still almost 2 months to go, but I lived this year, I really did.
Beginning of the year I saw Kodaline, then Elliphant. In early June, for the first time ever, I went to a music festival. I got the chance to see Die Antwoord, Tom Odell, Skrillex, MO and Daughter. Couple of weeks later I attended Bring me the Horizon concert. In October me and a friend decided to see MO again, same month I went alone to see Biffy Clyro. Scots were the best of all I saw till now, but all of the concerts were a huge deal for me.
And most importantly, I know I lived.
Defining ourselves is more like a fashion label than just a fun idea of spending time, trying to figure out, who we are. Same is with telling others what kind of music/bands you are listening to. There are many fandoms, probably as many as there are bands/artists in the world. Each and every is different, but there is one I relate to and am not ashamed to say it.
I am the Echelon. Yes. For those, who don’t really know what an Echelon means, there are two meanings for this particular word. We are not talking about the military system of control, but the huge group of people around the world, and I mean huge. It’s more than just a fandom, it’s a beautiful family I am a part of since 2005.
This band literally saved my life with their song “The Kill”. It wasn’t like it was the No 1 on MTVs charts or something. I was growing up in Poland, we haven’t had MTV in our basic package of TV programs. We haven’t had anything music related at the time. Thankfully I had internet connection and the brand new youtube. It was a hard year for me, at the time I was suicidal and Mars really helped me get through it. Don’t get me wrong, I was a huge fan of Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson and some other bands at the time. But none seemed to be the right medicine for me.
When I found Mars I was starting to heal and after 9 years I am a better and stronger person. I love each and every Echelon on this beautiful planet Earth, cause we are connected in the very special way.
As for my tribute for the Echelon and Mars, here is a photo of my brand new ink:
Ok, I am doing this just to set the record straight, ’cause I’m not much of a person, who likes to write about herself. So I am going to use this blog to write about bands, musicians, festivals, records – in one word ‘music’. Sometimes, just for fun or boredom, or both, I’ll post something different, tattoos/inspirations/thoughts/funny cats.
Have fun and enjoy!