Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
I think when people hear “80s music” the common reaction is to dart to the cliches: bubbly pop music, hair bands, and flashy music videos. It may come across as shallow and fake, but I really think there’s a lot more soul there. There’s was lot of great music coming out in the 80s that a lot of people don’t know about, or have forgotten; I hope that I can bring some of it to the forefront.
Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I was a little kid in the eighties, so I don’t have a whole lot of clear memories of 80s music during the decade itself. Actually, I take that back. I remember kids in my school got to go to a Michael Jackson concert (my older brother included) and my mom told me I couldn’t go because I was too young. It was really upsetting. I think I was 4 or 5. I also remember being confused between “Cyndi Lauper” and “Cindy Crawford.”
As a child, I’m sure I was drawn to 80s music (just because I was around it so much), but I think the real moment I fell in love with it was when I was a teenager, specifically when I first started driving. I would listen to the “classic rock” radio stations that would play a lot of new wave/post punk 80s stuff that I really connected with. I have a soft spot for really cheesy pop stuff too!
Who had the most influence in your life?
My dad has had the most direct influence over my musical taste for sure. He has an obsession with speakers, so our house was always “bumping” with loud music when I was growing up. Michael Jackson was king.
Outside of music, I have a passion for every aspect of pop culture, especially in the 80s and 90s. Out of all the shows/movies out there, the earlier seasons of The Simpsons have probably had the greatest impact on me. It’s either made me a funnier person or rotted my brain; I prefer to think it’s the former!
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