Musical Diversity Within the Halls


The-Moor Kelly '17. Photo taken and edited by Chandler Williams '17.

The-Moor Kelly '17. Photo taken and edited by Chandler Williams '17.

People outside of these halls associate Moeller as a “jock school,” so it wouldn’t surprise me if these same people expect the Crusaders to be bumping to hardcore rap artists all day every day. However, Moeller’s student body is actually more complex, not to say there aren’t students interested in rap, such as Nick Howell ’17. “I really enjoy finding new and upcoming music and artists on SoundCloud and YouTube,” he explains. But Seniors John Sandman and Nick Everly say country is one of their favorite genres. Everly assures, “I’m definitely not the only one who likes country.” Genres ranging from rap to pop to rock to trap and many more seem to have the attention of the "Men of Moeller". 
Album cover of Jimi Hendrix's The Cry of Love

Album cover of Jimi Hendrix's The Cry of Love

I personally cannot settle on one specific genre as my favorite, but I can select my top three.

The mood I am in influences the music I choose to listen to at any given moment. At times I like to enjoy music that is more sentimental, poetic, and truly relaxing.

Blues is the type of music that I consistently listen to while doing homework, free of distraction. My favorite blues artist is one familiar to most, but his music may not be: Jimi Hendrix. My favorite album by him is The Cry of Love, and “My Friend” is the best song on it, which you can view a snippet below. To listen to his album, click on the link or on the photo to the right.

Artwork of Garrix's collaboration with Afrojack, "Turn Up the Speakers"

Artwork of Garrix's collaboration with Afrojack, "Turn Up the Speakers"

I am also into the kinds of music you’d hear at raves – EDM (electronic dance music). However, this genre is divided into several other categories, and my two preferred are future bass and progressive house. Progressive house tends to have the loud and intense bass-kick at every beat, which causes crowds to jump and dance along. My favorite progressive house artist is a Dutch DJ named Martin Garrix. Check out the snippet below or click on the link or the photo to the left to give a listen to one of my favorite tracks by him, "Turn Up the Speakers." Progressive house is the perfect genre to listen to in a car, speakers loud, windows down, racing along the highway with a friend on a nice summer day.

Artwork of "Don't Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)" by The Chainsmokers

Artwork of "Don't Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)" by The Chainsmokers

Future bass is another genre of EDM, and although it’s similar to progressive house, it also provides a different vibe. Rather than having a booming kick on every beat, future bass tends to be more complex and creative. Progressive house definitely requires creativity, but it is often repetitive. That isn’t a problem if you’re in the mood. For me, future bass is another fun genre, but because it lacks the constant “booming”, for lack of better word, it allows you to simply relax, as well. I believe its intricacy opens a wider range of emotions to the listener, and I believe that’s what music is all about. My favorite future bass artist is another DJ named Illenium. He has released phenomenal remixes as well as originals. I would have to recommend his remix of The Chainsmokers’s “Don’t Let Me Down,” which the original single hit the radio and blew up the charts this past summer. However, I believe Illenium's version is better than the original. You can listen to a snippet below or the entire song by clicking the link or photo above.

There are students who are interested in rap, pop, and more modern music. But there are also students who enjoy more of the retro kind of music that you'd find on vinyl records, such as rock, blues, and more. Contrary to what the stereotypes of the Crusaders may be, a variety of genres hold the interest of all Men of Moeller.