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Basics: I'm female, Dutch and born April 1981. I'm listening to music since early 1990 (children's music + my dad's cds and lps) and to current music since halfway 1991.
Initially mostly dance music. Much variety in 1991-1993, happy-go-lucky stuff from 1994 till 2000 (sometimes embarrassing in retrospect), and more serious since 2001; genrewise much groovy house in the first years.
In 2005 I became more interested in other kinds of music, while dance music kept dominating till 2006/2007. The general vibe became more relaxed. In the first part of 2008 everything fell into place, and since then my taste hasn't changed anymore.
I still listen to dance music nowadays, but on another level.
Good music is good music; regardless of the year of release ('hip' isn't necessary for me), amount of catchiness and the number of sold records/iTunes-files. No pretentious purist talk here.
Instead of (sub)genres I prefer specific characteristics, appearing in many kinds of music. An interesting sound, but at the same time feeling natural. Often warm, light hearted, with subtle details and with a slightly funky and/or psychedelic edge.
Excessively overproduced 'loudness war' music, sugary soft pop like Celine Dion, forced hipness and a lot of so-called 'EDM' (Afrojack and similar stuff). But there will always be exceptions with a so-called 'wow factor'.
* = dance music, around 120 bpm and upwards (except some semi dance from the early 90s).
** = exotic, soulful, funky, jazzy and urban styles.
*** = ambient, idm, electronic, downtempo / lounge.
**** = pop (poppy ska included), rock and 80s style disco. 70s style disco and classic ska = category 2.
***** = other styles, like cabaret.
# = guilty pleasures.