Have you ever wondered at what level are you? Today I’m going to help you realise what is your current level.
I’m not asking you what your job is right now.
Today I will help you understand at what level you are when it comes to music, and how to progress.
Allow me to ask you a few questions. I want to make you take a quiz.
This will help you understand what path you should walk and your current position.
There is a hierarchy in which you will grow.
When you are at the highest level you can generate a new style of music.
Even if you are not a big fan of music production, there definitely is something that made you choose this path.
I have a friend that is a big fan of Nadia Ali.
Personally, I like the artists a lot. Residence Deejays remain my favourites.
Each person that I’ve met so far has such an example.
Each one has a certain artist that motivated them, that made them choose this path.
I’m going to talk about the first step in your musical evolution
The beginner stage, first in the musical evolution
When you are at this level, you need to follow a certain pattern.
Look for an artist that makes the same genre of music as you would like to make.
What genre of music do you prefer?
Do you want to be successful in music? Do you want to become a famous artist?
How would you feel if you would have millions of fans that know your lyrics?
How would it be like to hear people crooning your songs?
It would be awesome, I know.
I want you to get there, but in order to do that, you have to understand how does music work.
You need to have an idea of what you are doing at least.
You need a specific plan.
If you will become famous, the most likely you had a mentor.
Here is a piece of advice that I got from a forum colleague:
“What I can’t understand and I disagree with is that many people want a real reference.
They need a standard, chosen by their taste. They need a raw model that matters in a musical genre.
I’m talking about the idol, your hero. You need to find yourselves in him. It’s the type of person that it’s proven that he can write history.
You compare your own tracks with his at a certain point.
What is important is to know what you need to correct, to work, to learn until you reach a level that makes you feel satisfied with yourself.
Remember, that in order to create real music you need a standard.
You choose it based on certain and fundamental criteria.
You need to understand that real music makes you feel in a certain way.
You need to give an ’emotional shock’ to the listeners.
You need to make them feel euphoric.
A perfect song is made out of passages that the listener translates as different emotions and feelings.
Anyway, enough philosophy.
What bothers me the most is that many producers haven’t chosen a real idol.
You need to have your own musical signature, a signature created with presets that were made by yourselves.
Stop using presets made by others! Quit making those minimal house genres.
Stop trying to transmit nothing!!!”
I’ve been through this. Like my forum colleague was saying, I needed a model.
As soon as you find your model you will know how you want to make your songs.
I believe you know how important it is to follow each step. It’s just the beginning.
Evolution is the key to success. This is why you need to get to the next level.
The copycat typology blocks your musical evolution!
After you’ve found a model, you have to study his work.
This is where the problem usually appears. Instead of studying his work you start copying it.
This is the step where most people make the wrong decisions.
It’s a virus that has infected a lot of beginners!
Some like so much a music genre that they completely copy it.
After finding your own musical model you have to borrow it’s style.
Careful, I have a reason to use the word “borrow”. What I want to say is that you just use it for a while.
Some people “borrow” the style but never return it.
To copy someone else will help you make a good start.
But remember that you do this only to learn music.
Your final purpose is to define your own style.
This is what you need. A fingerprint.
A signature that can be recognised by anybody who listens to your creations.
Have you ever wondered why is music so empty? Why does it lack diversity so much?
It’s simple. Let’s say that I want to become famous.
I borrow a style of an well known artist, but I get too attached.
What happens after that? I start copying the style of that artist.
The thing is that there are many other beginners that copy the same artist.
I know, it’s much easier to copy, but the easy way it’s not the best.
If I copy a famous artist and you do the same, how will our results be?
Remember that there also are beginners that copy the same pattern.
What will the final result be?
What do you think will happen when everybody starts copying a famous song, hoping that they will succeed as well?
This type of behaviour kills originality, and music itself.
This pretty much reduces diversity. Music slows it’s progress.
Instead of having new and original styles, we get imitations of great songs.
Trends stop the musical evolution!
There are some mainstream genres that make the producers choose them.
They believe that if a genre is awesome this year, they have to do everything necessary to fit in.
I know many people that classify music based on genre.
I believe that the style is irrelevant.
Quality is much more important.
I don’t believe that there are better genres than others.
Of course, you can progress, but only to a certain point.
After a while, if you want to step out of the crowd and get into the spotlight you have to create your own musical style, your own signature.
I’m talking about being unique. Very few artists have this trait.
Here is some proof:
1. There are tops with the most copied songs
2. A single hit has many versions
3. There are artists accused of copying
4. The theory of the 4 chords
The fact that there is a top copied song does no longer surprise anyone.
These are the most ‘stolen’ songs in the history of music.
There are many people that disagree with this video. It’s a very controversial one.
Are we talking about the most stolen songs in history, or just a coincidence?
The fact that there are many versions of the same song is a good proof.
Everybody wants to make a remix of that song.
There are songs that have hundreds of remixes.
You can find a remix to a certain song almost every time you search for it.
Ok, but why is this a problem? It wouldn’t be if most of them wouldn’t be so similar.
This is the living proof that there still is a copycat culture.
Most people believe that if they copy a hit they will have success.
Besides this proof, there is another strange phenomenon.
When an artist manages to make a hit, much controversy appears.
Many people try to prove that the song was copied.
Some even come with authentic proof.
In some cases it is proven that the song was actually copied, and in some not.
I’ve find something incredible.
I’m speaking about the theory of the 4 chords. It is said that there are 4 chords which represent the base of any song.
Is it just coincidence or is it real?
Who wins the clone war?
Who do you think has the most chances of winning it?
There is no winner in this war. By copying someone you prove that you aren’t at such a high level.
Those that want to reach the next stage need to be original.
The original ones are the only winners.
In my opinion there are 2 types of imitation.
The first one, the average artist unable of making a good song copies.
This is his only solution, copy a song, change the lyrics then promote it as his own.
This is the lowest type of imitation. You don’t bring anything new in music.
On the other hand, I approve the second type of imitation. Here is what I mean:
You take an old melodic line, you add something new and you change the whole concept. I totally agree with this type of imitation.
Let me give you a few examples.
I believe you’ve heard the song “On The Floor”, by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
The melodic line that this his is based on is the song “Lambada” made by Kaoma.
Recently I’ve heard a newer version of Lambada.
It was made by the Romanian formation Narcotic Sound, under the name of “Lambada Loca”.
I’ve already found 2 versions of a song that were inspired from the original.
Do you want me to keep searching?
I will definitely find some more covers, remixes, or other versions of the song Lambada.
If you want to become an original artist here is what you need to do:
1. Try something new daily!
Here is what I recommend:
• test a new VST
• make music using other DAW
• listen to a new song daily
• try getting new habits when creating a new song
• talk with other producers
• ask for feedback from other people (like on a forum)
• join remix contest
• try new sound banks
• become an assistant in a recording studio
Find as many things as possible that can stimulate you.
Even if my suggestions work you need to find your inspiration on your own.
Set as a goal to try something different each and every time.
Diversity and variation is a strong form of originality.
2. Kill the routine!
Look for more solutions to this problem!
The binary thinking is common amongst machines.
People are not machines.
You need to find as many solutions as possible to a problem.
If you are available of developing a skill that allows you to see something from multiple standpoints, then you’ve progressed a lot.
It’s like a musical exercise. There are more solutions.
3. Listen to as many musical genres as possible.
I remember what a forum colleague said once.
He recommended that I should listen to as many musical genres as possible.
Some are based on rhythm, some on harmony, while others on the melodic line.
The 3 musical elements can be found in every song in different proportions.
This is why, in order to progress, you have to listen to many genres of music.
Remember that this is just a summary. To uncommon problems there are uncommon solutions.
I want to go into detail with these concepts.
I will present more ways of being original in a future article.
The ideal of musical evolution!
The moment when you can truly call yourself an original artist!
I have to give you a definition of originality first.
In order to be original you have to create something new, unique, that hasn’ been done before.
Here are the characteristics of originality:
Original music gives a certain feeling, that can’t be compared with anything else. This is uniqueness.
2. Diversity (or variety)
Diversity in music means that there are many genres of music completely different from each other.
The more diversity there is, the better.
Have you ever noticed that new genres of music keep appearing?
This helps a lot when it comes to diversity.
A creations that is truly original has a high quality.
It’s pointless to bring something new if it’s quality is awful.
Good, but what is the ideal of musical evolution?
I believe that you know what I’m talking about.
It’s that moment when you’ve learned all the things you needed in order to create your own musical fingerprint.
Of course your creativity increased by a lot now and you can create new forms of music.
You are no longer depending on the style of another artist. You are completely original!
You obtain your signature after you’ve created your own style.
You need a high dose of uniqueness.
I believe that you are now thinking about originality and how to become an original artist.
I find the fact that everybody gives advice about this quite fascinating.
I remember the time when I was getting a lot of general advice like “Be more original”,”be more efficient”,etc.
Who can give you precise tips? Who can tell you exactly what you have to do?
With this uniqueness you can revolutionise music.
Each artist that has revolutionised music created a new style of music.
Let’s take house music as an example. Initially it was something new.
House music has it’s roots in the 80s in Chicago.
There is a massive difference between how it was then and how it is now.
Why? Because each artist that joined the genre brought something new.
In time a very complex process took place.
This process made music evolve from what it was back then to what it is now.
This is the last level of your musical evolution, but your problems won’t end here.
By being an artist that has imposed his own style there are other problems that might appear.
Do you know what I’m talking about? You might be the copied one.
The bad thing is that many people can steal your style.
Imitation can surround you from all the possible directions.
Like you’ve copied at the beginning some artists that inspired you, you can also get copied this way.
The good thing is that you can become a source of inspiration for other beginners.
You can create a new trend.
I believe that it is better to be copied than to copy.
It’s much more interesting when you impose a certain trend.
Even though I’ve spoken about a lot of things today, there is still something missing, a thing that we haven’t talked about.
The question is:are people reserved when it comes to new styles of music, or they do prefer a familiar sound?
If I try to impose my own style, how will it be received?
This is a good question, but I can’t give a good response yet.
I can’t know how will people react to something new.
You will find out only if you try to do this thing.
Today I tried to create a guide about music evolution.
A guide that will help you realise where are you at right now.
In this material I made you look at things from a different perspective.
I will also ask you a few essential questions:
1. What is your musical level? Where do you think you are?
2. What do you believe you have to learn now?
3. Is it better to be original or to copy?
4. Do you want to fit in a certain style?
5. Do you have idols?
6. What is your ideal in music?
What are your goals and where do you want to stop?
If you can’t answer by yourself then ask as many people as possible, and get their opinions.
I suggest that you should resolve this test.
It will help you clarify your purpose in music.
Stay tuned, because the next time I’ll write about a very interesting subject.
Good luck finding your inspiration! Follow this steps in your musical evolution!
Thank you for your inspiration!