This week, we heard of the elderly couple from Poland who out-partied scores of young people by dancing the night away in Fabric nightclub until 5am – It’s one of my favourite stories this year.
Dancing ballroom at a techno and house night led me to question whether it’s their “usual” taste in music, as it hadn’t really ever been mine. Being in my early 30s I had always assumed that my taste in food, clothes and music were already defined and the chance of me liking anything outside of that taste was near impossible. They gave it a go though, and from what I’ve seen, they liked it.
I understand that tastes change; food I once loathed as a child I now eat, style changes without a doubt, as you get older you learn what suits you best and wear it with more confidence, but music? From a young age your first vinyl, cassette or cd often defines your taste as you continue on your musical journey grouped in with peers, and pockets of people from around the world. Born in the 80s, I’m not ashamed to say that I was (okay, still am) a huge UK garage fan, like many of my friends.
The music you listen to in your teens feels more impactful since it was a means to identify yourself as you journey into adulthood. What you listened to at the time was a statement of who you were as a person. It also shaped the dynamics of your social life to a certain extent.
So my question would be, are we ever too old to like new or undiscovered music? It always seems as if everyone's favourite artists are ones they discovered at young age, and perhaps the ones that shaped their taste in music entirely. Is the, so called, "impressionistic" age of listening limited, or are people (including myself) just stubborn listeners?
To answer my own question, no, I don’t believe we are.
About a year ago, I was encouraged to try something new and was taken to a night host by BARE. Now, it’s not often I will leave my comfort zone and the security blanket that is my “usual” choice in music, after all it has been a consistent in my life, nights out become familiar, the music they play right through to the type of crowds you’d expect to meet (or dance around a room with should I say).
It was then, that I completely forgot the thrill that music discovery can give you. It was a wonderful thing, when Jnr Windross (one of the head honchos) takes to the decks, you literally follow him on his musical journey and the crowds he draws are refreshing, friendly and there for the love of the music; BARE believes in celebrating Peace, Love & Individuality, and they do it so well.
There is one thing that the elderly couple and BARE have in common; They both taught me that great music has no age boundaries, it brings people together of all ages, social backgrounds, religion, nationalities and really make us feel like we are part of a big movement or just a really big family, either way, I love it!
If you want to experience for yourself you can catch them at this year’s Paravana Project at We Are FSTVL. With events popping up across London, showcases at The Secret Garden Party, Fabric, Lost Festival and a fashion label, I’ve no doubt you will hear more from them in 2016.