How do you stay original?

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RossBagley

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« on: August 04, 2018, 12:14:52 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?

pompeyjazz

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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 09:37:00 PM »
Nothing wrong with the Arctics.They have knocked out some fabulous original stuff.  Of course we all have influences. Try digging out some stuff from other artists from the 50s, 60s, 70,s et all and immerse yourself in that for a few weeks. Maybe a delve into Frank Zappa might help broaden your horizon. Whatever you produce it's you , not the Arctic's though  :)

RossBagley

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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 05:07:50 PM »
Yeah I've thought about doing this before I'll give it ago, thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2018, 12:56:27 PM »
The Artics are OK. But today represent the bland, insipid, dying embers of rock and roll compared to their forebears.

 As Pompey suggests check out Frank Zappa. Or Captain Beefheart, or The Stooges, Or MCS, Or Sonic Youth, Or The Fall, or The Flaming Lips (1990s) or Neutral Milk Hotel, or The Clash, or These Animal Men, or the Pixies, or Dead Kennedys or The Ramones, or Wedding Present, or Wire

Theres loads more but that might keep you going. All the above inspire me 1000% more than the Artics (who admittedly had a pretty good debut album)


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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2018, 01:13:34 PM »
A good point, and one which is close to my heart.

I haven't listened to anything commercial for lots of years, I just make my own, and I have been really surprised on this forum, when folk say, 'Oh that sounds like x or y' and I've quite literally never heard of them.

I gave up doing covers, and I just want to do my own thing, it's so liberating and I get the sense that it's all worthwhile, rather than working on a cover where the result has to be - Oh that's better/worse than the original.

So keeping my stuff original is easy, I might lean towards a genre, or try and do a song in the style of a band that I like the sound of...

hope this helps

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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2018, 04:55:38 PM »
A wise man once said something along the lines of....

...everything has been done before, all the notes have been played, the chords, all the words. The only unique thing in the equation of your music is YOU!

So concentrate on putting yourself and your experience and personality into the music and it will be like no one else's.

Rightly

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2018, 01:20:04 AM »
A wise man once said something along the lines of....

...everything has been done before, all the notes have been played, the chords, all the words. The only unique thing in the equation of your music is YOU!

So concentrate on putting yourself and your experience and personality into the music and it will be like no one else's.

I think the wise man was in to something there
It's either this or that, then again it might be the other. 

And there you have it. 

https://soundcloud.com/rightly/sets/tactiles-remastered

tfz

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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2018, 07:06:13 PM »
Not sure how you write; music first, lyrics first, both, but you could try writing lyrics to the tune of a different song, and then try putting that to your own music and arrangement.  May not fit with the Arctic's style of writing a push you out of your comfort zone.

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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2018, 05:57:01 PM »
I just write. Without trying to sound like anything.
Just write a good song.
Who it sounds like is not my concern, but what it sounds like is.
I write the song and, then give it the treatment I think it needs to sound the best it can. If it sounds like someone else... oh, well, that's who I am today.
Hopefully it always sounds like me.