Wanting to be original is a universe away from actually launching new and unique music.
All music is informed in some way through the music that appears before it. However, in an art form with so much history, where does inspiration stop and imitation start?
It’s the most important question dealing with aspiring musicians today when so much music is available so simply.
Most often, the music that ends up discovering an audience is made by musicians who have discovered and embraced their originality. You could imitate—a lot of songwriters and producers do—however, what you make is not likely to last.
So how do you take inspiration and turn it into something new?
Today, I will divide the difficult subject of separate inspiration from impersonation and provide you with ideas for how to honor your musical influences without compromising your own style.