For most people, music is one of the most important things in life. It can inspire you, fill you with joy or even make you cry. But different music affects us all in different ways. Each week, I interview one of our writers or editors about the impact music has had on their life. This week, I talk to sports editor Nathan Price about his life in music.
Describe your taste in music in three words.
Broadening, guitary and catchy.
What’s your musical genre of choice?
Your favourite band or artist?
Too close to call between Foo Fighters and Fall Out Boy.
Your favourite song of all time?
Rise Against – ‘Paper Wings’.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Pretty sure it was Nu Flow by Big Brovas. I still have no idea why.
First gig you went to?
I saw Linkin Park supported by Jay-Z, Pendulum, Enter Shikari, N.E.R.D and more. Was a superb day!
What was the last song you listened to?
Brand New – ‘Sowing Season’.
Which musicians do you admire?
I admire Dave Grohl for his talent and general awesomeness. As a guitarist I look up to Synester Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. I also love Patrick Stump, I’ve met him several times and he is a wonderful person.
What’s your opinion on music videos?
When one is done well it can become completely iconic. Though most modern pop videos are completely rubbish and sexist.
In your opinion, what’s the most annoying song of all time?
Probably ‘Pokerface’ by Lady Gaga. It was impossible to escape.
Who do you think is the most overrated band/artist out there?
I’m not understanding the current opinion change on Justin Bieber at all. So let’s go with him!
Where do you find new music?
Twitter, friends, magazines, and the That’s Not Metal podcast.
Do you play any instruments?
I play the guitar, bass and ukulele. All equally badly!
Rock or pop?
Classical or heavy metal?
What song will always cheer you up?
‘Untouched’ by The Veronicas. Too many good memories and too upbeat to listen to while upset.
What song always makes you cry?
Not necessarily cry but the closest I’ve come to crying to a song is probably ‘Everlong’ by Foo Fighters the first time I saw them.
What is your musical guilty pleasure?
I try to avoid guilty pleasures, you should never be ashamed of what you like. I’d say people wouldn’t expect me to like Beyonce or Taylor Swift anywhere near as much as I do though.
What does music mean to you?
A hell of a lot. I’ve made many friends and had some unforgettable experiences thanks to music. How can people not like it?
What do you love most about music?
The sense of community and friendship. It’s so easy to strike a bond with someone over loving the same band or genre.
If you could sit down for a chat with any musician (dead or alive) – who would it be?
It’s expected of me but it would have to be Dave Grohl. I feel you’d be able to have a nice long chat with Dave and he wouldn’t hold anything back. The stories he must have with his musical history would be outstanding.
Tell us your best musical memory.
It would probably be when I went to see A Day To Remember at Barfly. I’d seen them play 9000 people standing venues and then I managed to win tickets to this show in this tiny pub. I made this god awful music video (no you can’t have the link!) and then begged Kerrang over twitter to pick me as one of the winners. Somehow it paid off! When the gig came round it was incredible, during the last song I crowdsurfed onto the stage and sung a line with Jeremy McKinnon. It’ll be something I remember for the rest of my life.
How has music impacted your life? Let us know in the comments below!