Artist Response – What music did you hate growing up?


Growing up, we all had strong opinions about what music we hated. At this year’s Louder Than Life festival, we interviewed musicians from Mastodon, Clutch, Wargasm and more about the music they couldn’t stand as kids and whether their tastes had changed since then.

Many of the artists we spoke to weren’t fans of pop or country music, however, some have grown to appreciate the genres. “What makes pop as great as it is is because it’s so simple, and writing with that level of simplicity where everyone can understand it is actually very difficult,” said Dave Stephens, the lead singer of We Came as Romans. “I have a lot of respect for pop now that I’ve learned to write songs, but back then I hated it.”

“Actually, I really despised country and western for a long time,” Wargasm’s Milkie Way told us. “Which is stupid because I love Dolly Parton. I think she’s one of the greatest songwriters in the world.

Mastodon Drummer Brann Dailor Actually Hated Opera But Returned To The Style After Seeing The Movie Amedee. “I kind of warmed up [opera] and really fell in love with Mozart’s “Requiem”. Still, to this day, I think it’s one of the heaviest albums ever released.

Although many of the artists we spoke to no longer have a bad will towards the music they despised as children, Clutch singer Neil Fallon still struggles to understand tunes from Broadway shows. “I blame my little sister for playing Cats and Miss Saigon and Wretched again and again. I’m trying to be more open-minded about it, but it’s a steep hill for me.

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