I’m a total hipster.
Yes, I said it. I believe that the music that is not mainstream is superior to the “top 40” or radio station music.
I grew up in a home where I was expected to be a certain way; to fit into the girly, domestic, stereotypical southern woman mold that my mother and two older sisters happened to fit in. Somewhere early on, I came to the realization that I would never be what my parents wanted me to be, so I began to make choices regarding interests, clothing, and musical taste that were contrary to everything my family was. I had to break out of this mold and cultivate my own persona. A guy I dated in high school introduced me to “indie” music and I began to solely listen to that. I was launched into hipster mode, constantly searching for the “underground” music..music that wasn’t consumed by my family and others in the mainstream. I had a certain pride in listening to music that people had never heard of; I felt I was superior to them… if they simply listened to the ‘top 40’ music, it seemed they were squares..formulating their tastes based on what culture told them to listen to as opposed to going out and seeking their own music. There was such an unoriginality there that I hated, that I pushed away from. I hated the shiny ideals of what mainstream culture told me to do.
Clearly, there is still a large portion of society that listens to solely “Mainstream” music. I think that in this kind of music, there’s a certain comfort that people are drawn to. We base our views of people so heavily on their taste in music, and I think that for those who listen to “mainstream” music, it’s no different. Since the “top 40” music is so widely accepted in our culture, I think that listening to it is an easy way to appear “with it” or “cool.”
I also think that the people and cultures that surround us very heavily influence our taste in music. I spend a lot of my time with hipsters, so in result, I listen to a lot of “hipster” tunes. I think it’s the same for anything else. For instance, if I was someone who grew up in a very rural area, surrounded by people who listen mostly country music, I would probably mostly listen to that kind of music. Or, if I grew up in a very urban area where I was surrounded by a lot of rap music, I would probably love rap music. We all search for acceptance by one group or another, and music is just one way in which we try to find it.
I’m a total hipster.