Taste is a funny thing, it is actually defined by what you don’t like rather than what you like. By not liking certain kinds of music, we try to distinguish ourselves from certain social or economic groupings. The very obvious example to this is hipster culture, which is based on avoiding mainstream culture.
That’s the musicology student talking.
I listen to bands that play where I live. I rarely ever listen to music unless I’m analyzing it, learning it or sitting down with a whole album. I’ve grown into this idea that music should deserve my attention, so I prefer not to just have it running as background noise. The result has been that most of the music that I get is through live experience.
That said, I do get to see a lot of great artists coming by my city. Especially now that Norway’s biggest culture festival is running. I skipped buying tickets for Macklemore or Mac Miller, and went for Röyksopp and Susanne Sundfør instead. Röyksopp being a somewhat internationally known Norwegian electronica duo. Sundfør isn’t that well known internationally, though she did do some vocal work on the soundtrack for the movie Oblivion.
I’m also going to get another concert with Doffs Poi, a smaller Norwegian band playing music with a lot of staggering, asymmetrical time signatures.