How music is larger than just lyrics


Junior Hugo Pletcher walks us through why his music taste is important to him.

Senior Hugo Pletcher believes music is a big part of his life. He listens to many genres from many different time periods. From Radiohead to Tyler, the Creator, Pletcher explained the impact music has on him.

Q: How did you get into old music?
A: My dad opened me up to it. He likes listening to a lot of old music including notorious jazz musicians such as Miles Davis. He also showed me a lot of classic rock along with my mom who was a big fan of The Smiths and other classic indie rock artists.

Q: What are some of your favorite old bands and why?
A: I am personally a big fan of Radiohead. I recently listened to “OK Computer,” which is an album by Radiohead, as it was recognized by a lot of music websites and critics all over the world who say that it is considered one of the best albums of all time. You can really tell that even though it came out decades ago it still holds up as a very modern album.

Q: Does music play a large role in your life, and if so, how?
A: I believe it does. I listen to music almost, if not every day, and it’s helped me a lot with my mental health and feel as though I can express my true emotions and thoughts.

Q: How did the effects of older music impact current music?
A: Like any other form of art or media in general, people are going to take ideas from things they enjoy and make them their own. They try to incorporate it into their own style or sound. So you get the sense of style or sound that has originality that still reaches from older ideas.

Q: What makes some artists maintain longevity while others fail?
A: I think it’s the idea of trying to come into your own sound and not just recycling what you’ve heard before but making a unique sound. If you do something very niche then you won’t have a large audience, and the audience you have will slowly dwindle away. If you are able to come into your own sound and produce something that is groundbreaking, people are more gravitated toward your style.