musicians & bands that changed my life.
not necessarily my favorite artists (though mostly these are some of my favorite artists), but artists who actually changed my life and/or heavily influenced my taste in music.
- •billy joel & elton johnI lump them together because this was my first concert (Billy Joel / Elton John - Face to Face) and it was on my 8th birthday and I still remember so much about it. I grew up listening to them and having them, together, as my first concert experience was 💯. they're also just both brilliant musicians.
- •tlcthey are (/were, RIP left eye) just goddesses. listening to them taught me how to rap. and a lot about life, sex & sexuality, and how to be a boss ass bitch.
- •dr. dre & eminemmy brother made me memorize every word (and the meaning of every line) of the song "Forgot About Dre" before he'd give me the cassette he made of the song. I probably shouldn't have been listening to them so young, but I'm glad I did.
- •green dayNimrod & Dookie changed my life. I was an angsty little kid and they're the first band I really listened to that made me feel like I could place my angst in to words. I played those CDs in my Walkman until they were too scratched to play anymore.
- •blink 182Enema Of The State changed everything. it released the inner pop punk kid inside of me. I never knew pop punk existed before blink 182. I sat in my room and listened to their songs over and over again and I found solace in my hardest days as an angsty adolescent with their music. every song meant something different to me. still does. (hi @markhoppus - thank you for changing my life.)
- •new found glorythis band. this fucking band, you guys. I have seen them more than any band (that I haven't toured with). I still go to see them in concert and I still run in to the mosh pit each time because the energy their music gives me is unlike anything else. their music means everything to me. I just. I love this band.
- •andrew mcmahonsomething corporate. jack's mannequin. amittw. this man writes perfect songs, he's got an angelic voice, and I love how he and his music have grown and changed with his life. I've seen him an obscene amount of times and I always get chills watching him because he takes me on a musical journey through the last 13 years of my life.
- •wait whatthis guy named Charlie does mash ups under the moniker wait what and I listen to his music too much but he mixes together things like Jay Z & Something Corporate and like. how could you not fuck with that? go download "Is This Real Life" right now. he also releases "Songs I Like" every few months and he's so good at finding new music so I learn a lot from him.
- •brave citizensI loved this band and then I met them and then they convinced me to quit my job and tour manage them. and that's how I finally decided to 100% pursue music as a career. they never took off but they mean the world to me and their songs are magic.
- •the atariswhen I was like, 15, I talked my mom in to taking me to Orlando to see Good Charlotte & the Ataris. she agreed because we tied it in to a college visit. the Ataris stayed at my hotel and let me hang out with them for some weird reason and that was my first experience hanging out with a band that I didn't know and they were really cool and it just made me want to work in music all the more.
- •the get up kidsdoes it get better than this band? they're so good and mostly responsible for turning me in to a little emo kid.
- •sugarcult & jimmy eat worldsuch different bands but they're both known for like 1% of their discography and the rest of their discographies are actually SO MUCH BETTER than what they're known for. both gave me soundtracks to my life and I love them both an absurd amount.
- •sparky's flaw (now known as parachute)this was the first major label band that I worked for. I ran their myspace account and it taught me a lot about the music industry and social media.