Many people say that one of the main purposes of genres and subgenres is to identify what we as individuals like to hear and what we don't like to hear. Here is a small selection of the artists I listen to:
If you click each of these links, you'll see just how different these are from each other. I mean, sure, a lot of them are influenced by rock, but there are so many different subgenres and styles here. So if I like Nirvana, do I like Alice in Chains? Heck yeah I do! Since I like Linkin Park, I must like Korn. Um, no?
My question is, does enjoying a song which could be categorized by even the most specific (named) subgenre increase the chances of someone enjoying another song of that subgenre at all?
Valfar (the late singer of Windir) termed his music Sognametal after his hometown of Sogndal, Norway. Over the years, it has come to encompass a handful of other Norwegian bands whose sound was similar, most of which were founded by previous members of Windir. So if I like Windir, I must like other Sognametal bands, right? Their sounds are almost identical to Windir's, after all! Nope. No other "Sognametal" bands I've heard have been able to resonate with me nearly as much as Windir.
So, what do y'all think? Is it any more likely that I will enjoy Taylor Swift because I enjoy Adele? (Hint: I really don't).
Any thoughts appreciated!