I’ll admit, I do, on occasion, turn up my nose at music, and I know I shouldn’t. I can be closed-minded, only letting down my guard after a long battle, when I finally admit I was wrong: that the genre I’ve been saying is crap throws me an album that I really like; that a band I’ve campaigned against liking for a long time finally releases an album I enjoy.

But recently I joined a music discussion forum that I’m an active member of, and I find myself shocked at the comments from most of the members to each other. The forum is populated by a large number of complete music snobs, who enjoy art-rock, white noise, drone, post-rock music that no-one else knows. And as soon as one of their liked artists becomes popular, they very quickly fall out of favour on the forum. Alongside this, anyone who confesses to not liking this music, or liking other music not accepted by the senior forum members, quickly finds themselves facing a deluge of abuse. It’s a scary place to be, to see a group of people who all think they are the greatest. Phrases used on said forum include music that is “far too popular at this point for any of “the cool kids” to keep listening to”, and references to themselves as “people who know more about music than anyone else”….

Faced with this attitude, I’ve vowed to open my mind a little more, and to not judge anyone on their tastes. I may sometimes do it, but at least I’ll be aware of it, and looking to lessen the number of times it happens.

Please – don’t be like this.