Emotional Memories: How a Popular Music Genre from the 2000s Shaped Millennials – Sat 29 January 2022


Felix Martua (The Jakarta Post)


Jakarta ●
Sat 29 January 2022

Heartbreaking love stories and embarrassing hairstyles. Millennials growing up in the 2000s have reflected on how their “emo” teenage years influenced their adult lives.

The internet was ignited when concert promoter Live Nation announced last week that once culturally influential “emo” – short for “emotional” – acts such as My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Avril Lavigne and Bring Me the Horizon will headline of When We Were Young Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in October. It didn’t take long for Indonesian emo music enthusiasts to put their own spin on the event. A fan-made meme, for example, replaced acts with 2000-era Indonesian icons such as Radja, Vagetoz and Kangen Band.

Mohammad Zaki, editor of JOOX Indonesia, said the buzz surrounding the When We Were Young Fest could lead to a widespread emo revival.

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