I grew up listening to rock and metal, with occasional electronic music thrown in (the Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, etc), and then in my 20’s and 30’s listened heavily to Neil Young, Dylan, etc. Now I’m 50 and i’m making (as a hobbyist) electronic music in my basement. Mostly I’m creating house or downtempo techno. None of my friends listen to the kind of music I make, and they’re sort of bemused at this hobby of mine that I’ve become obsessed with over the past 5 years. Their idea of techno is pretty narrow and cliché (oontz, oontz, oontz, oontz…), and I always stumble when I try to explain what I’m up to with all this kit.
Even after 5 years, I still don’t really share my music except very occasionally a clip to super close friends. My kids and wife get a heavy dose and along with our cats are my only fans, and I’m fine with this. I just do this for me. But it is the thing that I spend the most time doing outside of work and family time, so it naturally comes up in conversation a lot.
For whatever reason, I don’t know a single person who makes electronic music, so I have no one to talk to about this stuff besides you guys. My friends are generally all still into rock, and I am too - it’s just not the kind of music I make.
Seems like many of you are professional musicians, so you probably can’t relate to this. But for those other hobbyists out there, is this story familiar at all?