When I was growing up, I used to listen to mainstream pop all the while studying classical music. One day, in my teenage years, I stumbled upon a TV show on a music channel: it was called “The Soul of MTV” and it aired videos from Soul and R&B artists.
“What is THIS?!” I remember asking myself (this was way before urban music became popular worldwide)
As with a struck of lightening, I was instantly addicted.
During weekdays the show aired at noon, hence I could not watch it live. To avoid missing it, every evening I programmed a video tape (young people might need to Google this…!) in order to record the next day’s episode.
As soon as I’d come home, I would rewind the tape and watch the show: I couldn’t wait to discover new songs and artists.
Due to my initial music education, the worlds of classical and urban music remained separate for a long time. Now there is only one distinction in my mind: the music I like and the one I don’t.
Solfege Private Teacher
Conservatoire de Musique de la Ville de Luxembourg
Professional Music Diploma, Berklee College of Music (USA)