As it is for many people, music plays a very important part in my life. Whenever I can, I listen to music, and in any format I can: MP3, cassette, vinyl or CD. I probably use CDs the most simply because I own more CDs than anything else, however, I believe that nothing can really compare to the sound of a good vinyl. Music, for me, is more than just background noise, it’s also one of my few hobbies. I am a steadily improving bassist and play bass in a grungy, all-girl trio called <track not found>.
Music has been there since the beginning, when my parents brought me along to festivals where they were organising the sports area. The team that we were with were treated as crew so we were put in the same hotels as most of the performers meaning that I have met a fair few very famous musicians and the stories that can be told are great. Unfortunately, I was far too young to remember any of this, so all I’m going off is other people’s stories. When we moved to Guernsey we stopped going to festivals but music still created a tuneful backdrop to everyday life. There was and still is the constant background noise of BBC radio 6 music.
Even though I had so much music influence when I was so young, I’m ashamed to say that I only developed a passion around the summer of 2015; when I got a new phone and a much bigger SD card that meant that I could have music on my phone. And what a difference that made. I soon became dependent on music but I hadn’t found my style. I drifted through Paloma Faith, Bjork and other mainly female lead artists. That drifting almost completely stopped when I went to the first gig that meant something to me and that I fully took in. The band was Buffalo Huddleston and it was in the evening of the North Show (a small annual fair that takes place in the local park). It was a horrible day, just grey and cold, but I pushed so hard to go. I don’t know why but I felt I needed to go and I am so glad I did. Standing there in the muddy marquee, next to some overpowered speakers and just being overwhelmed by the power of music. I then became obsessed. Every second I could spare I was listening to their album. Even now when I hear their upbeat, semi-acoustic music I’m brought back to that summer, endlessly chanting the very Guernsey centred lyrics. Then came the Vale Earth Fair and Vienna Ditto, now they were fairly heavy compared to Buffalo Huddleston but I latched on.
After seeing how much live music affected me and how 90% of the gigs on Guernsey were strictly for over 18s my parents decided that they would start up a monthly night of live music for 11 to 7 year olds. The name, Sound Guernsey (sound.gg if you want to take a look at the website), the first date November 25th, Honest Crooks and Buffalo Huddleston played at a very smart, non-threatening venue. I loved it, as did the other teenagers there that night. I will try not to talk too much about sound in this post as there’s far too much to talk about and you would all get bored, but sound is still continuing and now in a much rougher venue that is one of the best on Guernsey. We went through all the best local bands and I am proud to say that this little island loves its rock, metal and punk. We started booking the heavier band and the audience reacted so much better. People actually danced! So, I suppose that was it. I started talking to my friends about music and it turned out that they had been listening to fairly heavy music for a while. We saw a school battle of the bands and thought that we should start doing something. We were missing a bassist and a drummer ( I’m so glad we didn’t want to become a Royal Blood cover band) and because of my lack of drum kit I decided to pick up a bass. It was around this time that I discovered my all-time favourite artist, the one and only Jack White. We formed the band once we met a tame drummer and my music taste stuck.
I now enjoy listening to a great range of music from system of a down to radiohead. Guitars all the way and if there’s fuzz all the better. I’m always open to recommendations but tend to lean away from anything too electronic or some hip-hop. I find it hard to believe that I once didn’t appreciated this kind of music but I’m so glad that I’ve found the riffs and rhythms that I love so much.
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