All my life I have been listening to music from various genres, when I was young (3-6years old) my parents would take me to their performance’s and I would sit on the stage next to my father playing his keyboard, which led to me playing the piano(see paragraph composing). At this age I got to hear a lot of Stevie Wonder, Richard Bona and more jazz-like artists. When I was 12 I got an MP3-player as a present. Which I became instantly addicted to. I would listen till midnight or leave my MP3 playing classical music to fall in sleep. Not much later my dad taught me how to download MP3’s, a world opened. I discovered Hip-Hop, still one of my favorite Genres today, I really liked the rhythm of Hip-Hop.
Fast forward a couple of years, I got an iPod for my 14th birthday with 120 GB’s of space. Within a week it was almost completely filled with music, a friend introduced me to Trip-Hop (maak hier tag), Hip-Hop beats without the rap and more Dynamically composed. I was addicted to Artists like RJD2, Bonobo, Emancipator, Pretty Lights, Nujabes and Tsutchiee. I cannot explain how much I like the dynamics and rich sounds of these songs, instead I will link to one example:RJD2-Here and Now (cannot put a video here because copyright infrigments).
In 2010 I discovered Electronic music, E.G. Dubstep, DnB, Electro, Electro House. At first it was quite unique, the most people I showed hated it (hipster alert) but 5-6 months later it was booming. A good friend of me really dove into it, providing his friends the latest and greatest dubstep releases.(still does)
That year I also started listening to Reggae when my family from New-Zealand came over and my cousin showed me some artists from New-Zealand. (Fat Freddy’s Drop, Salmonella Dub, the Black Seeds)
Now I listen to a mix of the above with most of it Dubstep and DnB. The amount of time I’m listening has reduced because my iPod broke.
I started playing the piano when I was 3 years old, my father is a piano teacher so now and then he would learn me a song I wanted to play thus improving my skill, today I can’t say I’m a very good piano player because reading music sheets goes awfully slow. I learned to play via imitation.
I’ve been experimenting producing with friends but nothing seriously. Composing on the piano I am more serious with, but due to studies I have a lot less time for that.