This is a very easy trap to get caught up in. Especially in Pop music where the goal is to “please” your audience. And it’s a very nuanced thing. You “think” the goal is to make, create or mix music that your audience wants to hear. And that’s certainly NOT wrong. If they don’t like it, they’re not going to want to be a part of your audience. You will lose them.
Most of us, by nature, don’t like to be uncomfortable. We don’t want to try new things. It makes perfect sense but at the same time is also totally or mostly useless for our growth as people and as music professionals.
Is music a drug? Obviously, I’m not going to get into describing something as abstract as music or any art as being a pharmaceutical but one thing is quite clear. People use recreational drugs to change their current state of consciousness. For good or for bad.
Kenny’s Tip of the Day - Compete with a Lesser Version of Yourself!!!!
Let me be clear. I am a big fan of having idols to look up to. I have had many myself. But it’s also very important to realize that you’re not those people. And that’s OK.
One of the saddest things I get to see while spending a considerable amount of time on audio forums and in pro audio groups is people focusing on minutiae. Things that are so small, that no one will ever see the difference. Of course, in our case, it’s no one will ever “hear” the difference. It’s the same concept.