How do you stay original?

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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2019, 10:34:48 PM »
We all have our own influences when it comes to music, but how do you keep those influences without sounding too much like them? Personally I'm very much into early Arctic Monkeys sounding music and every time I try write a fast paced song it sounds too much like them...can somebody help?

It's hard to tell unless you post what we can hear and read you know what i mean  8)


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« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2019, 09:07:15 AM »
Man, I struggle with that too. I will most of the time come up with a tune in my head, write some lyrics for it, mess around with it for a while, just to realise it sounds exactly like a song I listen to on a regular basis.

I think it's all due to the "contamination" with the music we like, because we have the tendency to listen to music differently than regular people (like really listen, not just hear) and songs somehow stuck with us on a subconscious level.

What I found works for me is clearing my head space completely prior to the writing process, maybe doing some light meditation to quiet my mind and clear out any possible influences. What also works is disconnecting yourself from music for a while and maybe write songs in days when you haven't listened to anything else.

I'm sure you'll find your own ways of staying original. When it comes to music, everything's been done before, but the stories we tell through it are what gives it an original twist. :)


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« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2019, 07:41:00 AM »
Recently released 'On the Slow Glide' and a few of the forum members said it had a Black Velvet bass line, well I've never heard that song, but my song was original at the time I wrote it...

I wonder If I've written anyone else's hits? 8)