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Defining Your Sound

January 17, 2012

For many new artists the struggle of labeling their music is a daunting task. No one likes to compare their own sounds to another’s work especially in a creative industry but the truth is that if people don’t know who you are they need a reference point to be intrigued.

Now many self-righteous artsy types might ask “Why should I have to label my own music, why can’t I just let the critics label it for me?” well the quick answer because if you don’t, you will be likely overlooked and unless the artist in question is an established household name in the industry most press (not to mention potential new fans) need a reference point to give it a debut listen.

Worse yet those with delusions of grandeur simply try to declare their music is “like nothing you’ve ever heard before” when the truth is that this term is beyond laughable to anyone has dealt with new, overly ambitious artists. Fact is there is very little music coming out nowadays that is “Groundbreaking” or “innovative”. Personally I love hearing that a band is the bastard child of “Band-X” and “Band-Y” or that they sound like an unlike marriage of bands ex: “Cannibal Corpse covering a Depeche Mode song” etc. I can assure you getting creative with your influences will intrigue press and potential fans a lot more than a claim of originality.

At the end of the day, whether you like it or not your band likely sounds quite similar to Artist-X or Artist-Y and that really is ok. So instead of trying to inflate a false sense of creativity why not embrace your influences in the hopes that fans of that band will come onboard and discover what you have to offer.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jerk Face permalink
    January 18, 2012 8:44 AM

    All that being said I think it’s retarded how many sub-genres (especially in metal) there are, and I think it’s gotten completely out of control “Our band is a grind-death-black-post metal-math-thrash-goth-djent-band”

    • January 18, 2012 9:09 AM

      Great point! I feel descriptions should be used to help narrow down the genre madness than further complicate it!

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