I don't quite
qualify as the stereotypical hipster; I prefer to love things unironically, have no inclination towards fashion of even the fringe variety, and am bereft of any interest in pot or beer. I couldn't care less about how "popular" a band is as long as I can enjoy their music, and anyone who says otherwise can shove it.
That said, in terms of the music I naturally gravitate towards, I am pretty much a hipster of the highest order. The bands I like the most tend to be either extremely obscure (Bügsküll, Mirror) or poised awkwardly between "imminently recognisable" and "objects of cult worship" (Wire, Angels of Light), with only a handful of older mainstream outfits coming close, as well as one or two quirkier modern phenomena (Radiohead). I love happy amateurism, especially when it's in a particularly demented vein, but I can't stand imitators. I am entranced by the idea of the "next big thing," yet loathe most pop music with a passion that burns like a thousand suns. I like my scary music scary, my campy music campy, and my noise punishingly noisy.
But, once more, to differences: Ever since I first came to really enjoy music, I have been in it for the long haul. It is not a soundtrack, or a diversion, or a hobby; it is a love and an obsession. In that way, when it comes to the music I listen to, I am more the classic geek
than anything else... Which I think most people who self-identify as hipsters really are, at heart, even the obnoxious ones.
edited 10th Mar '11 12:10:14 AM by JHM