By Jason Chen
This school has always had a diverse staff and student body; their taste in music reinforces that diversity. From Asian pop music to hip hop and rap, students have a massive variety in musical interests. However, the music industry is constantly changing along with the tastes of its audiences.
Jin Yu, a senior, describes himself to be a fan of house music, a genre of electronic dance music. He specifically enjoys the styles of tropical house, future house and progressive house, as well as other forms of house. Yu believes that the style of most house tracks is best, saying that it’s “all based on techno, computers, [and has] the ability to have a variety of sounds” that can all be put into one composition to be seen or listened to.
Yu’s current playlist consists of “Ghost” by Oliver Heldens, “How Deep is Your Love” by Calvin Harris, “Borderline” by Vanic, “Bring you to Life” and “Lightning Strike” by Steve Aoki, as well as “Fragile” by Kygo. Yu appreciates DJs who make Festival and Deep House Music, saying that these solo artists are “not mainstream and distinct in their own ways.”
He has specifically listened to Kygo recently, who he believes composes subtle music that inspires him to pursue what he wants in terms of producing music: simplicity.
Senior Colin Yeo’s current playlist includes “Ultimate Care II” by Matmos, “GladWeHaveAnUnderstanding” by Bones, “Hot Head” by Death Grips, “Eternal Flame” by the Bangles, and “Though it Itches” by Daniel Norgren.
Yeo has most recently been listening to Irma Thomas, a 1960’s New Orleans soul singer that he discovered through the independent film “Down by the Law,” which featured the song “It’s Raining.” He finds this song to have “good vibes for life”.
Yeo has also been listening to PWR BTTM, a “queercore” band from New York that has “catchy melodies [and a] good voice.” He enjoys how they “sing about their life” but especially loves how they dress in drag.
Additionally, this senior has been appreciating Matmos, an experimental duo that recently released their album “Ultimate Care II,” composed solely of washing machine sounds. He believes that it is important to find the beauty in random things, and has already listened to Ultimate Care II multiple times.
Despite this exciting variety of musical interests, Yeo stresses that “genres aren’t important because there’s good music in all genres.”
Junior Dustin Garner has similar views and also does not listen to a specific genre of music. He considers himself to be “down with most genres” and frequently just picks songs to listen on loop. Most recently, Garner has been listening to “Cat People” by David Bowie, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel and “Rabbia e Tarantella”.
Garner also makes it clear that he enjoys movie soundtracks, a specialty of Ennio Morricone, whose “Rabia e Tarantella” appears in the credits for one of his most beloved films, “Inglorious Bastards.” Garner explains that David Bowie’s “Cat People” is also in “Inglorious” and that this song set the foundation for his love of the film. Specifically, he enjoys the beginning and the beat of the drums in “Cat People.”
Garner looks for songs composed with real instruments, and not so much the synthesized, dubstep-type music that pervades the modern music industry. He elso explains that he enjoys “instrumentals like orchestral pieces.” Besides instrumentals, Garner also just generally likes to listen to songs with good singers.
Sophomore Joey Lu has most recently been listening to “7 Years” by Lukas Graham,
“Cheap Thrills” by Sia, “My House” by Flo Rida, “Man Down” by Rihanna and “Superheroes” by The Script. However, she has a great variety in musical tastes and also appreciates a number of artists.
She loves Meghan Trainor, whose new “No” is “catchy and and just fun to hum along with.” Lu also enjoys Demi Lovato, because her songs are upbeat and not repetitive like many other popular singers. However, she also believes Rihanna’s songs to be fun to dance to, saying with a smile, “I get a lot of weird looks when I listen to her.” Lastly, Lu enjoys listening to The Script, describing them to be simply amazing.
Lu’s variety in tastes is also reflected by her favored genres. She focuses on listening to hip hop and pop music because they’re “fun and upbeat.” On the other end of the spectrum is her love for soul music, saying that it “gives [her] the feels.”
Like Lu, Junior Justin Huey also places “7 Years” by Lukas Graham near the top of his playlist. However, he has also been listening to “Cake by the Sea” by DNCE, “Jumpman” by Drake and Future, “Antidote” by Travis Scott, and lastly, “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez. Huey
In addition to these artists, Huey explains that he has also been focusing his attention to trendy artists Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Nick Jonas recently. He says that he takes pleasure in listening to all of these artists, saying, ““I feel as if their music represents my life and echoes good vibes.” However, he turns his attention specifically to Justin Bieber, saying, “I’m impressed with Bieber’s rebirth of himself.”
Huey narrows down his favorite genres to pop music and rap. He cites his social environment and the culture around him for his love of these two music categories. Huey says, “Other people around me listen to these genres,” and adds that he also constantly listens to the genres on the radio.