YEARLY PLAYLISTS: 20-25
I'VE BEEN MAKING A PLAYLIST FOR EACH YEAR OF MY LIFE SINCE I WAS TWENTY YEARS OLD. IT'S BEEN INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MY TASTE IN MUSIC HAS EVOLVED ALONGSIDE MY RELATIONSHIPS, CAREER AND MENTAL HEALTH OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS. EACH PLAYLIST DOCUMENTS VERY DIFFERENT AND MOMENTOUS SHIFTS IN WHAT I WANTED AND NEEDED TO HEAR EVERY DAY. I ONLY PLACED SONGS IN EACH PLAYLIST IF THEY REALLY SPOKE TO ME AND SEEMED TO PROVIDE CONTEXT FOR WHAT I WAS FEELING AT THE TIME.
IT is 2012/2013 AND I am LIVING ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF A TINY APARTMENT IN ALPHABET CITY WITH MY BOYFRIEND. I'm A JUNIOR IN FILM SCHOOL AND BARELY HAve CASH TO EAT. I START DATING MY FIRST GIRLFRIEND. I start DRINKING HEAVILY AND LAND MYSELF IN THE HOSPITAL AFTER TOO MUCH TEQUILA. I am DISCOVERING "INDIE DANCE" MUSIC (And spotify).
moving on to 2014. i finally make the move to brooklyn and end up in crown heights with two new roommates that will leave huge imprints on me artistically, paul and angela. i'm finally able to drink (legally) and i'm starting to attend my first "underground" parties/events around bushwick and williamsburg. i come out to my family. i attend my first music festival. i trip for the first time and realize i really like house music (this happens towards the end).
2014/2015. this playlist is absolutely all over the place. i mean, it makes no sense. it's very different from the other playlists. i get really nostalgic in this playlist. the first track is a modest mouse song. i think my first festival experience is to blame here. i am allll fucked up. maybe i remember how important music is to me and begin to feel directionless. something is desperately trying to click within me and leaves me searching for past selves hoping to find an answer. this playlist is a mash up of a lot of the sounds that speak to me from math rock to sultry r&b tracks. twentytwo is a restless year of hunting for meaning.
this is the year where things start to take shape, BUT ARE STILL A BIT CHAOTIC. this playlist is my discovery of a bunch of new sounds that really move me NOT ONLY TO DANCE, BUT TO FEEL (I KNOW UGH BUT IT'S TRU). I'M SLIPPING OUT OF A THREE YEAR RELATIONSHIP AND LEARNING SO MUCH ABOUT MYSELF. I'M EXTREMELY DESTRUCTIVE AND LOSING MYSELF IN PEOPLE, SUBSTANCES AND SOUNDS. this is the yeAR WHEN I TAKE MY DJING OUT INTO PUBLIC SPACES AND THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN I START POSTING TRACKS ON SOUNDCLOUD FOR THE FIRST TIME. I'M LEARNING NOT TO LAUGH WHEN I TELL PEOPLE I DJ AND PRODUCE ELECTRONIC MUSIC. I'M STILL FIGURING OUT "WHAT GENRE I AM."
2016/2017. I'M REALLY PROUD OF THIS PLAYLIST. I'M REALLY PROUD OF THIS YEAR. THIS IS THE YEAR THAT I LEARNED TO TAKE TIME TO CARE FOR MYSELF. I LET GO OF DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS AND PATTERNS. I GOT MY HOME STUDIO TOGETHER AND PRODUCED THE FIRST HANDFUL OF TRACKS THAT I ACTUALLY WANTED TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE. I FELL IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE WHO INSPIRES ME EVERY DAY TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF MYSELF. I REALIZED I AM NOT A GENRE LOL. I BECAME CONFIDENT IN WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO WITH MUSIC AND MY LIFE. I PLAYED A SHOW IN PORTUGAL AND TOOK A MONTH OFF TO TRAVEL WEST. THIS IS THE MOST COHESIVE PLAYLIST OF THE SERIES SO FAR. IT'S ME FINDING THE SOUNDS THAT NOT ONLY SPEAK TO ME, BUT INSPIRE MY OWN PRODUCTIONS.
this one is a work in progress... :)