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What would you do if your band had too much of a similar sound as your influences?

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June 16, 2019 / By Beryl
Question: Would you seek out an alternative direction even though you love the sound? I love music and would hopefully start a career in it as a musician, create music, eventually tour and make a career out of it, though I don't have that silly dream of having millions of dollars, touring around the world and other BS. Their are several elements I definitely want to try to include from another bands work but I don't want to be that bands shadow or doppelganger. But what I want to make sounds so similar to it....the lyrics, the sound, the atmosphere... I don't want it to be seen as a rip-off. I want it to be impressive , not just another band who continuously uses the same music making formula
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Africah Africah | 4 days ago
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." –Herman Melville Think about why you love your favorite bands so much, is it because they sound so similar to another band? Probably not. I'm not saying you should go too far out of your way to make your music artsy or anything, but it should have a certain amount of originality. Pick up your guitar and play the way want to play, not the way you think you're supposed to play. As long as your music has sincerity people will enjoy it. Of course as a musician, you might just be being overly critical of yourself.
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Africah Originally Answered: How do you deal with a friend who influences your success at work?
You need to have a frank discussion with this girl. Let her know that you sympathize with her position; however, you also have some observations to offer with your fresh pair of eyes. Let her know that in business as in marriage, just being "right" isn't always enough - you have to consider the cost of being right. In her case, that cost seems to be involving alienation from her co-workers and potential damage to her career prospects (and yours!) You may also want to make it clear to others in the office that you and this girl are not joined at the hip. Invite one of your other co-workers out for lunch or coffee; when Clingy Casey asks you, tell her you already have plans (or invite her along and try to bridge the gap, but that can be risky until you've established a rapport with the other staff members.) Support someone else's idea in a meeting. Most of all, make sure your work is done professionally and correctly, and try not to get involved in the he said/she said dramas that Casey probably wants to relay to you. Best of luck!

Thutmose Thutmose
There have been some great artists that did not do much as far as creating a new sound or unique style, so sounding like your favorite artists can be okay as long as you are bringing good content to the music. However, I think the majority of music artists I like and respect did create something new and original. With the music I create I try to be original; it really depends on what you want to do.
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Quinton Quinton
Make the lyrics yours first. Then distill the elements of the other music, and move a few things around. If what you're writing sounds like a rip off, then it kind of is. Try borrowing other elements from bands in the same genre.
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Mannix Mannix
Hi Dr Zoidberg! Speaking personally, I don't worry about the " sound." When I write lyrics, I think about the song and, only that. In time, my own " sound " will evolve. Trying to put the cart before the horse is pointless. That's my take on it anyway!
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Jeremy Jeremy
Music has been the same $hit since the 90s man. It's time to kill your influences and think about the future.
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Jeremy Originally Answered: What influences influenced the war poet Wilfred Owen?
Haha, you actually wrote "what influences influenced." I can't believe that. It was probably done absent-mindidly, but wow. Anyway, I don't consider a website to be a credible source. It can be great for research, but for primary and secondary sources I would strictly look to print, especially on a research paper. I guess it might depend on the teacher, but I can't imagine ever turning in a research paper with the Internet for all my sources. Regardless, here are some biographical abstracts about Wilfred Owen and his poetry. Let me offer you some alternative advice: If you want to stick with a World War I British poet, I suggest you take up Robert Graves instead. He wrote a stunning autobiography that mainly deals with his service in World War I and it would be much easier to write a paper using his novel as a primary source.

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