My life in music: Megan Drew

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Lucky for me I was born into a family of music lovers, a blessing I’ve never really noticed until now. My granddad, a former drummer for Midland’s band ‘The Joneses’, my Mum, an original Leadmill-goer/Morrissey fan-girl and my Dad, a former long-haired, Nirvana-loving and long-standing vinyl enthusiast. Due to such an influence, some of my earliest memories of music consider the likes of David Bowie, The Doors, The Smiths and Radiohead. A well rounded, early education in music I think you can agree. Yet, defying the odds of being brought up on pure, cult music classics, the first album I recall as being “mine” was the infamous … the critically acclaimed… ‘Busted’ by Busted.

Carrying on from this, my music preferences throughout the rest of my life (so far) have coincided quite perfectly with my embarrassing, and somewhat unintentional, desire to go through every single ‘phase’ an adolescent has ever once experienced in Western culture.

This leads me to chapter one/phase one of my tragic exploration to ‘find myself’ – 12-year-old ‘indie’ Meg. Head-to-toe in the cheapest reject sale items Urban Outfitter’s had to offer, brandishing a ‘messy bun’ that made me look more free-range than Frances-Bean. I found myself caught up in the infamous ‘hipster’ movement of 2011. This playlist celebrates the sing-along hits I used to listen to thinking they were original or ‘alternative’ as I scrolled the endless streams of arty-farty blogs I praised on Tumblr. Now they play a different role in my life. They are the tunes that the club filters in with the generic chart set at 2 am. You find yourself in the middle of the dance floor, belting out the likes of ‘Mr. Brightside’, raising your can of Red Stripe to the DJ booth.


PLAYLIST 1: Basic AF Indie Trash

  •   Naïve – The Kooks
  • Let’s Dance to Joy Division – The Wombats
  • Last Nite – The Strokes
  • If You Wanna – The Vaccines
  • This Charming Man – The Smiths
  • Bad Day – Darwin Deez



After only recently escaping my ‘god-mom-it’s-not a-phase’ phase I reminisce chapter two in my music journey freshly. I was thrown out of Blue Banana at age 14 unaware of anything but skinny jeans and poor makeup choices. Blinded by the sunlight, there marked the end of my two-year long hibernation and I unwillingly handed in my resignation of ‘the queen of scene.’ In all honesty, I am still pretty deep in this phase, I have just learnt to hide it better. It only surfaces itself in the early hours at Corp; blue pint in hand. It’s hard to recall what happens after a cheeky bit of My Chemical Romance comes on. 

PLAYLIST 2: My Repressed Emo Self 

  • In Too Deep – Sum 41
  •  Anklebiters – Paramore
  • I Don’t Love You – My Chemical Romance
  • Sarah Smiles – Panic! At The Disco
  • Thnks fr th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy
  • The Middle – Jimmy Eat World


The next chapter I call ‘Meg you’re not as cool as you think you are, seriously, stop it.’ This mainly lends itself to the fact that the majority of artists/bands included in this playlist are those I used to tell people were my favourite bands in the hopes they thought I was alt and edgy at age seventeen.

PLAYLIST 3: Chai-Latte with Soy Milk

  • Lakhey – Sundara Karma
  • Head.Cars.Bending – The 1975
  • In My Mind – The Amazons
  • My Favourite Room – Blossoms
  • My Kind of Woman – Mac Demarco
  • Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid




Nowadays, like most people, I lack a fully distinguished preference for any style of music, it’s more of a I’ll hear a song once, obsess over it for the next week, rinse the album 500 times on Spotify, then move on to devour another ‘related artist.’ I feel every music phase I have experienced up until now has shaped this vast liking for music and, honestly, I’m not mad about it. I love having people recommend me music, I love getting links to new releases, I love finding new artists. My library just keeps growing and growing and its so exciting, particularly in the current age of music. More and more bands are surfacing with the help of their own initiative and drive, resulting in an endless amount of new music to explore.

PLAYLIST 4: Idk just a bunch of stuff I like atm

  • This is the Day – The The
  • Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire
  • All Through the Night – Kasabian
  • 6/10 – dodie
  • Think Its Yours – Spendtime Palace
  • Best Friend – Rex Orange County




Words by Megan Drew

Edited by Maisie Green 


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