I love what I do.
Aside from being a co-owner of THESIXTHIRTY.com, I also write about hockey or other areas of interest from time-to-time. My partners – Keegan Goudie, Chas Goudie, and Peter Hahn – created the website back in May of 2012. And a little less than two years ago, I decided to support their mission of providing unfiltered news and unpopular opinion on a daily basis.
Although most of our team members are young enough to be my grandchildren, I feel very much at home when I stop into THE SIX THIRTY headquarters. And as a result of this time spent in the office, my knowledge of unfamiliar topics has grown significantly.
Until I started backing this website, I had no idea what “EDM” was. But after several conversations with the staff, I’ve become familiar with several oddly-named artists like Bassnectar and Joey Bada$$.
Knowing my background, you will better understand an incident that happened to me which was quite memorable.
A couple of weeks ago, I stopped at a local Best Buy to purchase a new iPad. I was helped by a young salesperson named Julia, who couldn’t have been much older than 21-years-old.
She was courteous, knowledgeable and had a great personality with a sense of humor. I thought I’d have a little fun with Julia, so I asked her about the audio capabilities of the iPad that I was considering for purchase.
When she asked why, I told her that I was really into music, and I needed the device so I could explore new artists. She looked at me quizzically and asked the question I hoped that she’d ask.
“What kind of music do you listen to?”
That was my cue. “Actually I have a few favorite artists, like Bassnectar,” I responded.
With a shocked, wide-eyed expression Julia then blurted, “Shut up! You actually listen to that?”
I told her I did indeed. I explained that currently my favorites are “Ping Pong” and that “cool amorphous bass on the Timestretch EP.”
“Shut up” she again said with a stunned expression.
I quickly added, “Yes, I’m also into Joey Bada$$ and GRiZ.”
I thought that she was going to faint before she cried out, “Hector, come here, you won’t believe this guy.”
A young man (with more pierced body parts than I have toes) hustled over and listened to Julia’s amazing story about the 65-year-old man standing in front of her that was up to speed on “their music.”
Their jaws dropped even further when I told them that they did not have exclusive rights to such EDM subgenres as dubstep, trance, techno, rave, P.L.U.R, raver, trap, electro and my new favorite…Skrillex.
In fact, I told them that a few college buddies were traveling with me in September to see our hero GRiZ at the Kaaboo Festival 2015 in Del Mar, CA.
By this time, Julia and Hector had gone from amazement to amusement to resentment.
How dare an old fart like me impede on their music? I began to feel unsafe as the word spread throughout the store. So, I hastily paid for the merchandise and sprinted out the door shouting defiantly over my shoulder:
“And I love Deadmau5 the most.”
(Featured Image courtesy of Mad Decent)