If you’re anything like me, music has shaped who you are as a person. Specific bands transformed your life in some way. When you heard their music, you were headbanging to it not just because the heavy riffs were awesome, but because the music and what it represents resonated with the core of your personality. Rock says it’s okay to go against the trend. Rock says sometimes “normal” is boring. We wanted more of that energy and adventure.
One album in particular flipped my world upside down. Arguably, it set me on a path in life that was definitely not “normal.” It was risky, adventurous, and everything that rock ‘n roll stands for. Let’s be “not normal” together! Check out the short video below. It reveals how one album changed the direction of my future, and contains my heaviest song titled B is for Bombs!
B Is For Bombs appears on my latest album titled Space Coffin.
When I was 16, a close friend of mine gave me the very first Foo Fighters album. He told me that Dave Grohl had played every instrument on the entire album. I was blown away. My friend also told me something else; he said, “I think you could make your own album like this.” All I wanted to do after that was record my own solo album just like that first Foo Fighters album.
I immediately decided to try my hand at recording a solo album. My parents had an old Hewlett Packard computer and I loaded it up some recording software and old classic computer games; Warcraft, Starcraft, a bunch of old Star Wars games for when I had writer’s block. If I didn’t have to eat I’d probably never have left that room.
I only had one $10 microphone at the time, and I used it to record everything on my first attempt at an album. I think I thought I was recording the next Foo Fighters or Audioslave album, but it didn’t turn out as great as I’d hoped! I never released it officially, just passed out homemade CD’s to friends. It was fun to record it though, it was the start of my songwriting journey. A few years later though, I recorded The Essentials.
The song below appeared on my album The Essentials and displays a clear Foo Fighters influence. I do my best Dave Grohl impression when I scream “OH YEAH!” during the verses! Now, when people ask why I became a songwriter, I can half-jokingly say “Dave Grohl made me do it!”
Today I’m 33 years old and I am still writing and recording new songs. Hopefully I’ve come a long way. Okay, just for fun, here’s my Top 10 most influential albums list. These are the albums that “shaped” me as a musician and songwriter. Prepare for a dose of nostalgia! I know you’ll recognize some of these gems.
My Top 10 List:
1. Foo Fighters – Self Titled (but my favorite of theirs is Wasting Light)
2. Weezer – The Blue Album
3. Green Day – Nimrod (I chose this because Time Of Your Life is on it, but my actual favorite Green Day album is probably Warning)
4. Pearl Jam – Vs.
5. Toadies – Hell Below Stars Above
6. Avenged Sevenfold – City of Evil
7. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium
8. Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown
9. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
10. Blur – Self-Titled
Bonus picks! Our Lady Peace – Curve, Pete Yorn – Back and Forth, Chevelle – La Gargola, Jimmy Eat World – Invented, Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles
I bet there’s a lot about me that you can infer just from reading my list. I’m nostalgic, I love a good guitar solo and enjoy a mix of heavy riffs and atmosphere. But I’m curious to see your Top 10 list. What albums influenced you the most? Let me know in the comments below!
Nathan (aka Vandarth)
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