Music genres were created roughly in 1936 due to economic pressure from advertising companies. These companies would pay radio station to run ads fro products they sold. Radio stations became aware that these products were targeting certain people, therefore, they changed their previously wide range of music to just a certain style of music. Radio DJ’s, Billboard Magazine, and record companies would come up with these genres. Music genres were not defined by the musicians themselves and as time went on record companies started prohibiting artists from having multiple genres on their album. Music became considered a product rather than art. For many decades people were not willing to listen to other genres of music. Things have become easier today because of the internet, we now no longer depend on the radio to find new music.
A recent controversy has surfaced as the years passed; sub genres have been causing more damage than good. Sub genres have exploded since the 80’s and 90’s due to record stores trying to categorize music; they created genres like alternative rock. Also, sub genres cause artists to try to be so unique that the music no longer sounds like it’s roots. Sometimes placing bands into certain genres subconsciously makes us avoid them. Think about this, Matt Healy, The 1975 frontman, said “Imagine if you woke up one morning and you had your record collection and the concept of genres didn’t exist. The purity of that experience of listening to music without those rules is a blissful idea.” it’s an interesting concept, isn’t it? Stop trying to pigeonhole yourself, just like what you like and don’t be afraid to try new things.