Sovlpvnk is my personal blog about everything that I am interested in. There are two topics that I will mainly discuss on this blog: sustainability and the alternative music scene.
I will publish one post every couple of weeks, in which I will talk about either veganism or the music that I am interested in, which is mostly hardcore punk and its sub-genres. You can expect to find vegan recipes and blogs about sustainability as a whole, as well as music reviews and blog entries about alternative culture in general. I post my content in English and German.
Who?! And Why?!
Since this is my first entry I might as well introduce myself and tell you why I chose to write about these topics.
I am a 24-year-old student from Germany who is interested in all sorts of culture and media. However, I am mostly interested in music, hardcore in particular.
I got into hardcore when I was seventeen and it felt like a new world was opening up to me. Most of the music that I had listened to until that point did not really concern the things that were really important to me and it did not represent me as a person.
I used to love Papa Roach and Linkin Park, but I could never connect with their music on a deeper level because the topics that they addressed just weren’t that relevant for me. They mostly talked about everyday problems but not about more imminent and relevant issues like global warming that were concerning me throughout my entire life. But when I found out about the hardcore scene, I found so many bands that addressed these issues and that were spreading positive messages with their music at the same time. Hardcore just resonated with me in a way that no other genre had ever done before.
Initially, I really got into Post-Hardcore bands like Enter Shikari and letlive. (the last of which inspired my blog’s name). Those are still some of my favourite bands and they made me aware of the importance of standing up for what you believe in. They addressed issues that had always been important to me and raised my interest for these issues. For the first time in my life, I realised that I was not a freak and that there were other people who felt the same way and shared the same interests and concerns as me.
The hardcore scene is a safe place for all different kinds of people. Your skin colour, your gender and your sexual orientation do not matter and you are accepted for who you are. From the beginning, I just felt welcome.
Because of the empowerment that the bands mentioned above gave me, I stopped eating meat. I went vegetarian when I was 20 because I had always wanted to do so when I was younger but before that others had made me believe that I couldn’t do it. At that point, in early 2015, I finally decided to just do it and started to eat less and less animal-based products until I went vegan in late 2016.
One big part about being vegan for me personally is a positive approach to life. To me, being vegan means that you respect all life, not just human life and act accordingly. Every day you can set an example and choose to not support an industry that abuses and kills living things. Every day you can choose plant-based alternatives that require less resources and lead to less pollution than animal-based products. Also, it is just a great diet and you can cook lots of tasty food quite easily without having to give up on anything because there are all sorts of vegan alternatives that you can eat instead of animal-based products. The “n” in vegan is for njoy!
See for yourselves.
The reason why I started this blog is that hardcore had a major impact on my development as a person and that it raised my interest in various topics that are really important to me now, such as veganism, gender and feminism. I hope to raise people’s awareness of topics like these and promote a positive change. Like the hardcore scene was once to me, this blog is supposed to be a safe place for people who are interested in these topics. I hope to build a non-toxic community in which we can hopefully exchange our thoughts about these topics and increase each other’s knowledge about them.
What can you expect?
If you are interested in veganism, sustainability as a whole and the hardcore scene and its values, stay tuned for a blog entry every couple of weeks. If you’re interested in starting a conversation about a topic, feel free to comment. Also feel free to tell me how you found out about my blog. I’m sincerely interested and I’m excited to see what’s going to happen to this blog in the future.
Cheers for making it so far.
Next time on sovlpvnk: My favourite bands /records