BY: CAITLYN JENKINS

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It’s probably become somewhat obvious to anyone who reads my articles what type of music I like and certain artists that I enjoy. With that in mind, I decided to venture out and learn about what artists my peers and friends consider the best of the best. I asked ten different people five questions about their most-loved artists. Here are the answers.

Side note: Thank you to everyone who was a part of this article and shared their thoughts.

Alexandra Castillo, 19.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • The 1975.
  1. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?
  • My first memory about the band would be when I first found out about them. ~this is so lame~ it was Labor Day weekend 2013 and we were having a family get together. At the time, me and my cousin’s favorite band was One Direction. We noticed that harry styles had tweeted about downloading an album that he liked by the 1975, so ~naturally~ we had to look up the band. The first song we listened to was chocolate and I’ve been hooked ever since.
  1. Favorite song?
  • It’s so hard to pick just one. I usually have a rotating three but one that always makes the cut is fallingforyou.
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • They’re my favorite band because I can listen to them when I’m in any kind of mood. Dance songs, check. Sad crying songs, check. Love songs, check. Plus, I never seem to get tired of them
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • I’ve seen them live twice. Both experiences were amazing. The first concert I went to the band wasn’t as big as it is today so I got to stand very close to the stage. The second, I was farther away but it was just as mesmerizing. The energy during both performances was insane, from both the band and the audience.

 

Camden Pierce, 18.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • My fav band is Nirvana.

2.  What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?

  • I remember listening to Smells Like Teen Spirit since I was really young and feeling an odd sense of identity in that song, that I never fully recognized until years later.

3. Favorite song?

  • My fav song is Dumb off In Utero.

4. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?

  • They’re my favorite band because of many reasons. Kurt was always a loner who just wanted to be loved and accepted, but never was. He also hated to be ridiculed and embarrassed. My whole childhood/adolescence I wanted the same, but I was always just some weird kid in class that no one ever paid any attention to and if they did, it was usually to just make fun of me. And I wasn’t the type to shrug derision off, it would bother me and eat at me for days, because I wanted so bad to be “normal” or “popular”. I was wild, unruly and could never stay out of trouble. I was convinced something was wrong with me; I wasn’t like other kids. This caused an inner anger of everything popular and normal that I still struggle to identify with, but I hear it expressed in every Nirvana song. Not only does Kurt identify and expound upon this angst I guess you could call it, but he is at peace with it as well. That’s why Dumb is my favorite song, it explains how in most people’s eyes Kurt just comes off as dumb or weird, but he just thinks he’s just happy. That’s something I’ve always felt with my weirdness and no other musician has helped me come to peace with what makes me different than Nirvana has.

5. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?

  • Obviously, I have not seen them live, although I would give up just about anything to be able to. My ideal nirvana concert would be a 1989 show in Krist Novoselic’s basement where they got their start. Their beginning was the peak of Kurt’s pure teenage angst; no Nirvana songs were as raw and deep as the ones written before Nevermind. I mean just listen to Floyd the Barber or D-7. Also, I just love small venues, they’re much more personal.

 

Antwane Willis, 17.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • Travis Scott.
  1. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?
  • I downloaded a song when I was in the 9th grade
  1. Favorite song?
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • Everything about him inspires me.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • I haven’t seen him live yet.

 

Kelsy Burns, 18.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • Halsey

2. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?

  • I saw a lot of talk about her on Tumblr and I never paid any mind to it, then I randomly watched this video of her when room 93 was out and she was singing hold me down before it was released as a single and it was very early era days Halsey basically and I became hooked.
  1. Favorite song?
  • Hold Me Down.
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • I agree with a lot of the same views that Halsey has when it comes to social justice issues, music, art, politics, etc. She’s bipolar and so am I so I feel really connected to her and to her music because we share the same characteristics
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • Yes, I saw her in October of 2015. It definitely was not a perfect experience because Atlanta residents are a**holes and Halsey fans are snobby but that really didn’t matter when she came on stage. I was just happy to see her and hear my favorite songs.

 

Sam Diaz, 20.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • My favorite band is Mumford & Sons.

2. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?

  • My earliest memory I have of them is when I stumbled upon them in 2011, the girl I was dating at the time introduced them to me. Their song Awake My Soul pulls lines from Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, which we happened to be studying that semester in Literature, and I managed to convince my teacher to play the song in class, which I thought was pretty rad and funny.
  1. Favorite song?
  • My favorite song of theirs is Hopeless Wanderer.
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • They’re my favorite band for a few reasons. Their songwriting is incredibly beautiful to me. The lyrics they wright resonate with me in a way very, very few bands can achieve. The lead singer Marcus Mumford has one of my favorite voices in music. He knows how to chill you down to the bone. Everyone in the band have infectious energy and passion for what they do and it inspires and awes me. They truly love making music for the sake of expressing themselves and making art that they feel proud of and want to enjoy with their fans. They mean a great deal to me and have helped shaped me into who I am.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • I have seen them live 3 times, but the first time was my favorite. They perform so intensely; they give everything they’ve got and make it an experience that lasts a lifetime.

 

Erick Castillo, 19.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • The 1975.
  1. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?
  • The first memory I have with this band has to be going on YouTube and not liking them at first after listening to “chocolate”
  1. Favorite song?
  • My favorite song is ‘if I believe you’. I feel like I can relate to it in a way and the beginning sound to it just brings back so many memories from last summer.
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • They’re my favorite band because they were the first alternative band I got into when I was 16. Their music brought people into my life that really mean a lot to me, and their sounds and lyrics are so intellectually soothing to listen to.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • I’ve seen them live 3 times and will be seeing them at MSG in June. Every experience was different, seeing them at shaky knees for the first time had to be the best because I actually got to witness them live for the first time and was next to my best friends.

 

Mackenzi Brown, 18.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • Although I have many favorite bands, the one which subdues the rest would have to be Catfish and the Bottlemen.
  1. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?
  • The very first song I heard by Catfish and the Bottlemen was “Kathleen.” I discovered this song right before the summer of 2015 which was the summer me and my little sister truly bonded and became best friends. That whole summer we would drive around our town with the windows rolled down blaring the song “Kathleen.” It was and still is our anthem.
  1. Favorite song?
  • My favorite song by them is “Twice” because it contains one of my favorite quotes which is “If you love the way you’re living, it’s hard to fret about much.” To me, this song means that you have the power to rid yourself of any negativity or bullshit and once you get rid of whatever has brought you down whether it have been once, twice, or more than that, your life will be more happy and positive.
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • My favorite genre of music is alternative rock, so I initially fell in love with them for their sound. But, as I continued following them I became more appreciative of just how hard they have worked to get to where they are now versus where they came from, the amount of time that they spend on each song, and the fact that Van writes all of their songs and not some paid lyricist.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • I went to see Catfish and the Bottlemen at the end of last year at Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points and let me tell you that this was one of the best concerts that I have been too. It probably had a lot to do with the fact that this was my favorite band and I had been waiting a long time to see them, but nonetheless it was so enthralling, especially since it was in such a small and intimate venue. I was front row. The crowd was extremely supportive. The band was so energetic. The music, which was just as good live, came alive in the room. My face literally hurt after the concert because I had the biggest smile on my face the whole time. I am really looking forward to seeing them again at the Shaky Knees Music Festival this coming up May.

 

Jordan Gakle, 18.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • I have so many artists that I absolutely love, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. One that has remained my favorite for a while though would be the 1975!
  1. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?
  • The first memory I associate with the 1975 would be waiting outside for six hours to see them the first time they ever came to Michigan, and me and my best friend put all of our stuff in this girl’s dad’s car that we met that day. We almost got hit by a train looking for food, someone overdosed in the pit, Erin (my best friend) got her camera taken by the venue staff, and I got my t-shirt stolen. It was definitely an experience.
  1. Favorite song?
  • My favorite song by them right now would probably be Paris, but it changes from time to time. I listened to Paris a lot over the summer when I was in New York with Erin, and so I associate it with nights spent up on the roof of our apartment in Manhattan.
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • One of my favorite things about music is how it brings people together, and I’ve definitely felt that through the 1975. Every time I see them, their music has a special way of making me feel so connected to the rest of the crowd. I also love that their music varies so much in style. One album has a balance of songs to drive to, cry to, get ready to, dance to, or really anything you could want.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • I’ve seen them live four times now, and each time has been perfect in its own way. They are some of my absolute favorite artists to see live, because you don’t just get a concert, but rather a whole experience. From the lighting to the intimacy, everything is purposeful and beautiful. I’ve watched them tour each album twice because I could listen to the sing the same thing again and again and still be perfectly happy.

 

Rachael Schultz, 19.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • Lana Del Rey
  1. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?
  • I think for me, like any of my other favorite artists/ bands, I heard one of her songs and just listened to her casually. I wish I could remember the first time I heard her voice but I don’t. I didn’t actually listen to what she was singing, I just swayed my head to the sound of it. I saw her perform at Lakewood (I got lawn seats of course, so I didn’t fully experience her presence) but that was really the moment I fell in love with her and her music.
  1. Favorite song?
  • Video Games
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • It’s the way her lyrics, voice and music make me feel. I’ve read so much about her life, what she’s gone through, what she wants out of life, what she thinks about life, and when I listen to her music I can feel it all. I adore how effortless she makes it seem, even if it may be the hardest thing she has to do. Her music has added such an exceptional amount of beauty into my life and I can’t imagine my life without it.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • Like I said, Lakewood was the first experience I had seeing her live. It wasn’t the experience it should have been because I didn’t appreciate her enough, at the time, to get better seats than the lawn. But still, it was the moment I fell in love with her and have yet to fall out of it.

Norie Ann-Marie Williams, 16.

  1. Favorite band/artist?
  • Chance the Rapper

2. What’s the first memory you have associated with this band/artist?

  • Spring 2015, my “boyfriend” showed me him!!
  1. Favorite song?
  • Same Drugs
  1. Why are they your favorite/what does this band/artist mean to you?
  • He means truth. He doesn’t talk about the same sh*t that every other rapper talks about. He talks about real things that teenagers and adults can relate to. His voice/sound are very unique and him as a person is amazing.
  1. Have you ever seen them live and if so, what was the experience like? If not, what would your perfect first concert be like?
  • No, the perfect concert to me would be any concert because he’s an amazing artist! But I would like to sit front row preferably.

 

 

 

 

 

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