Ah, not again!
You sound like this, your voice sounds like that, your guitar tone is right from the Foo Fighters latest album and so on.
You’re probably tired of that kind of comments because at the end of the day you’re asking yourself: “Am I another copy cat?”
Actually, the answer is not that important, because there are different stages of your career.
When you’re just starting to play, you learn the first chord, the first melody line, the first beat. If you want to be really good in performance, you have to learn from the best, you have to copy.
We all have our own influences and in the beginning of your career, you’ll probably sound like one of your influences. But it’s ok – this is the way how human brain works.
We learn, we copy, we learn, we copy and then we can move to the next stage and add some extra content from ourselves.
When moving forward you have to ask yourself:
Why am I doing this?
What goals do I have?
In these questions lies the answer to the main question – are you a real artist or just a wannabe?
So write down these questions, give yourself honest answers and just give it some thought…
- If you’re doing this just because you love music or it’s a must-have thing to create something and give it to the world, then you’re on the right way.
- If you want stadium tours, money and fame then it’ll be harder to come up with something unique, because your main goal is not content oriented. Your goal is a result, not a process.
- If you like some specific bands, you know you’re the biggest fan and you think that they live their dream life and that could be your perfect goal, then remember – the world doesn’t need another Kings of Leon or another Lady Gaga.
You’ll never catch any of those bands if you’ll follow them by their music and genre, you’ll always be in the second place (or third). The only way you can be successful is to come up with something unique.
You have to be authentic – you have to be yourself!
How To Crash The Wannabe Syndrome?
If you want to be a real artist, you have to become like one of them.
It’s ok to take something from others, it’s called influence, but it’s only necessary when you’re learning.
If you perform and write music, you have to be yourself.
There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
So don’t waste your time by copying others. The only way you can be successful is to come up with something unique.
Start with yourself, tell your story, write your own music, be yourself.
This is what the audience is looking for. Give them something new.
Don’t be perfect
Don’t try to be perfect, instead be true!
Nobody wants something perfect, human beings are looking for real emotions.
The best way you can do this is to give your own emotions, your own story and your own feelings.
If the audience sees something true and real, they’ll believe you and follow you. And eventually, they’ll become your fans.
“Being perfect” is a condition where you cross out any feelings.
Don’t do what others do
Again, don’t copy.
Do your own stuff, write your own music, go for your own goals and find your audience.
If you have some crazy ideas or something unusual in your mind – just go for it!
When you come up with something that you like and you think “yeah, this is what I am, this is what I have to show to the rest of the world”, you’re often afraid (and it’s ok).
If you show your emotions, you may feel naked, and when you feel naked, you become vulnerable.
Actually, it’s nothing to be afraid of. If you start to believe in yourself all fears disappear.
It’s not easy to start believing but practicing really helps. When you practice, you become stronger!
If you have the best song in your hands and the greatest band in a rehearsal room, there is one more thing left to succeed and become a real artist.
You have to work and practice!
You have to admit – this is the hardest part because it takes time and patience.
Do you know what’s the name of the gap between dreams and reality? Work!
Yes, you’ll probably fail a few times, but if you’ll continue and learn from your mistakes, you’ll succeed!
Don’t stop, don’t complain, don’t give up – keep working, keep practicing, grow, learn new things and you’ll win!