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Music Shouldn't Change For Fashion by Mintaka-TK Music Shouldn't Change For Fashion by Mintaka-TK
Fasten your seatbelts guys, because this one requires a lot of explaining in order for the message to become clear.

I've been doing some personal research on subcultures for some time now (y'know, "goth", "nerd", "punk", "hipster", etc.), particularly music-related subcultures. One thing I've noticed that's become more apparent in recent years is how connected fashion is to these subcultures, especially the music ones. From what I've found, it's gotten to the point that fashion is actually influencing the music of these subcultures (well, the ones that are connected to music anyway) and not the other way round.

Let's take an example: erm, let's say, "emos". Originally, "emo" was just short for "emotive hardcore", a subgenre of hardcore rock music that featured more emotional lyrics than the usual hardcore stuff. Eventually, it evolved into an entire subculture of its own, which emphasized artistic creativity. But somewhere down the line, the stereotypical emo side fringe and dark clothing became very popular, to the point where it entered the mainstream and began to eclipse the original music, with some bands beginning to dress "emo" in order to please their fanbases. This seriously should not happen in any subculture involving music, but I haven't gotten to my biggest point yet - stomach-churning, full-blown elitism. Which brings me to emo's "evolution" - scene kids.

Remember the scene kids from the days of MySpace? To anyone who doesn't know, scene kids were basically emos if they discovered neon colours and adopted a trashy attitude in the process. Scenes were the catalyst for fashion eclipsing music, as an important aspect of the scene subculture was fashion - and boy, did they think they rocked fashion! (If you've ever seen pictures of scene kids wearing tiaras, then that should be all you need to know about scene kids and their fashion "sense".) Unfortunately, scene became so popular that bands also changed their image in order to please their fanbase; in this case, adopting the fashion of scene, along with the shitty, holier-than-thou attitude. It was the emergence of scene that exposed the sad, sad truth that music (more specifically, rock and metal music) was becoming less important than the fashion. In fact, some people were jumping into the scene (and emo) subcultures without even listening to the music first. To any veteran in a subculture, this IS a nightmare, because it's a major sign of the rise of posers in the subculture.

With fashion becoming more important than the music, it led to cries from veterans of "It's not about the music anymore!" And I honestly think they were right - the scenes became so self-absorbed, they thought that by listing over a thousand bands on MySpace and by taking pictures of themselves all the time, they thought they could "score" scene points, when it truth, it just made all of them look egotistical by nature. Fortunately, scene became a dead fad by 2009 or so, or at least the death of MySpace itself. But the "fashion is more important than music" aspect still lingers. You could argue it exists among hipsters right now. You could also say the same thing about punks in the 70s, new wave kids in the 80s, etc. because their fashion was very iconic, to the point that it became mainstream. I'd have loved to have heard people back then complain about new wave/synthpop "not being about the music anymore", what with the rise of bands like Duran Duran... :XD:

To put it more clearly, fashion SHOULD NOT define both music and one's musical taste - nor should music define your fashion sense entirely, despite many subcultures holding strong links with fashion. I listen to a lot electronic and dance music - does that mean I'm a raver? No! I actually dress fairly normally, with some geek shirts for good measure. My mom listens to a lot of rock and metal music - does that mean she dresses like a metalhead? Of course not! She actually dresses normally for her age. My mom's new partner looks more like a stereotypical metalhead, but he doesn't let what he wears define what he listens to - he also likes Kate Bush and Madonna (!) alongside Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Black Sabbath. If you let your sense of fashion completely define what you listen to, then quite clearly, you're a massive poser, and that's terrible. :(

:icontealdeerplz: Fashion should not be linked heavily to music; it was supposed to be enjoyed and created completely independently of fashion, but certain subcultures have completely warped that to the point that fashion has become more important than music.
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fanfics4ever Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
what if you want to show your true personality?


I love heavy metal but all I usually wear are t-shirts of my favorite bands. I'd love to get a lot of patches for my denim jacket, studded wrist bands, boots, etc.
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Kirbymyfriend972 Featured By Owner May 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love vintage and I'm a metalhead...
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PingusArmy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate those "most girls vs me" memes where some emo girl stereotypes girls who wear girly clothes as being fans of pop music. I wear dark colours and military-style clothing, listen to mostly metal but also love electronica, 90s rap, soul and gothic rock. I know girls who dress very girly but listen to metalcore.
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Kathyarah Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wear poofy lacy dresses and listen to bands like dying fetus. The looks on people's faces when I'm metal at concerts are the best... or when my friends think I'm innocent, and they ask me to play music while we're driving ...and I put on Meshuggah: That Annoying Friend 
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NiftyNautilus Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
In terms of fashion and music, I'm eclectic. I wear lots of things and listen to lots of different types of music (except rap and country).
Although I do think that certain genres have certain typical looks for performers…country singers usually dress "country" (cowboy hats/boots, blue jeans, that kinda stuff) and hair metal is a style of dress AND a musical genre, I guess.
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BrainyxBat Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I dress in a lot of black, yet Pop and Disney music is all I listen to, with occasional Evanscence. ^^
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sonamy-666 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean by this, during my teenage years I was in a bit of a rut, and I went emo because of it, and I couldn't stand a fucking posers at all, I especially hated being accused of not being emo because I didn't look like one of the posers. During this point I also listened to a lot of Linkin Park, but did I listen to them because I was emo, no, I listened to them because I liked their music, I still listen to them and my late mother liked their music too.
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mricarus Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I agree.  My sister and I were talking about this the other day, actually.
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dmd1337 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
So people think fashion is more important than music. Why don't they mute it and just watch them? They'll be doing a huge favour for people who want to end the cacophonies which have been popular recently.

I've probably misinterpreted your description, but this is still a valid point.
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Spazkid1997 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Your mom listens to metal? Awesome! :headbang:
Also, first comment! (Yeah, that's pretty annoying, but I just had to say it. :P)
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