I always listen to a lot of music during the year but I tended to keep returning to the same albums. 2016 was to be my year of diversification.
Listening to more than one full album a day was actually quite challenging. Fortunately between every day commuting and international business travel I found plenty of opportunity!
My confession: Whilst I did explore new bands and genres I did not wander too far from my passion for hard rock and metal. Despite that, here are 5 things I learned.
- It is insightful to hear an album in full as the artist intended. Streaming has probably killed the album.
- There some great new young British bands emerging. Check out Creeper, Milk Teeth and Puppy for starters.
- I like hardcore and some more extreme metal more than I thought I did! Also, I’m a real fan of pop/punk.
- The music we listened too in our late teens and early twenties never leaves us. It is ingrained in us and resonates strongly when we revisit it years later.
- Vinyl is the most wonderful recording medium. I’m sure I’ll have more to say on that in the future!
The full list of all the albums I listened to can be found on my Twitter account @jenkins1711 – if you search within that account for #nowplaying they will all be revealed.
In terms of new music, I was especially grateful to the “That’s Not Metal” podcast boys for directing me to new releases. (See @NotMetalPod on Twitter).