How music can change a point of view

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.

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Indie/Indie Folk music

To be honest I was always a louder music kind of girl. I don’t mind a good song from other genre, it’s fun to shake your butt to a catchy song. Every day work demands a special kind of focus from me, I can’t do it while having live streaming or concert videos in the background. I constantly need to know, what’s happening on stage. With known music it’s different, sure. I am not distracted by it. Mostly.

But the point of this post is not wining about not being able to watching YouTube videos all the time (thou sometimes I’m overdosing on cat videos).

YouTube is a great place to find new music and artists. The only time I was listening to music kind of close to indie folk was in 2008, with Panic! At the Disco’s “Pretty Odd”. Taking under consideration my playlist at the time, with a mix of Marilyn Manson, 30 seconds to Mars and other bands in between, I could be mistaken. Anyway, I was surfing through auto play option and at some point I found magnificent playlists filled with *surprise, surprise* indie and indie folk music.

Some of my favorites are:

James Bay – Stealing Cars

José Gonzalèz – Cycling Trivialities

Keaton Henson – 10am, Gare du Nord

Ed Prosek – What it Takes

Ed Prosek – Hold On Tight

Rod Ladgrove – Love, The Way It Hurts

Nick Mulvey – Fever to the Form

Roscoe James Irwin – Arrows

Bears Den – Above The Clouds Of Pompeii

I have to say, I’ve never felt more calm at work (even if for most of the time I want to just go out and not come back), as while listening to those songs, and many more. How can you be angry, if you only can imagine this?

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Coachella

 

The festival season started with the opening of SXSW, and there’s yet another big and loud music festival upon us. In just 11 days. Coachella, indeed. One of the most talked about festivals. Every year there’s a bunch of great artists playing, so everyone can enjoy it. Continue reading “Coachella”