I'm noticing a lot more maturity in myself as my music taste develops.
Three years ago, my favorite bands consisted of The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath, and From First to Last. I basically was trying to be a scene kid. I bought shirts for bands I didn't even like in sizes that didn't even fit me, just to look like I fit into that catagory. I felt so different from everybody else, but as I looked around at all the other mall rats, I really was just another face with a really fucked up haircut.
Flashforward to last year. I still loved heavier music, but I started sorting the good from the bad bands. Bands like Every Time I Die, Brand New, and Taking Back Sunday took favor to the trendy ass bands that filled my iTunes a year earlier. As I looked around at the kids who still listened to "Scene Kid" music, I looked back and realized how much of waste of space, time, and money my former personality was.
This year. I'm self fed on a diet of The Wonder Years and Set Your Goals, shaved my head and stopped giving a fuck about scene politics. I'm allowed to listen to The Acacia Strain and The Dangerous summer, aren't I? People who won't listen to music because of the clique they may be grouped into makes me so frustrated. As a musician, I've noticed how much scene politics is ruining music.