Sundans has been working with FL Studio for approximately two years now, with very little experience in any other DAW or in music.
Joined on 8/20/12
Theres nothing wrong with replicating another artists sounds and styles.
But it eventually comes to a point when people don't /stop/ replicating.
There are two kinds of musicians in this world. One is the kind that are in it for the lifestyle, they will draw inspiration from all the most popular artists and define themselves from it.
The vast majority of the mainstream industry is these people. The replicate several artists style to make their own somewhat original and somewhat not original style.
Theres nothing wrong with this, but I don't call them musicians. Thats my view.
Then there are people who so drastically fight against the mold. They create original music that they like, that they enjoy. Those who make music for themselves, because its a passion.
Its these people that leave dents in the music industry and stay in everyones minds for years to come.
Artists like Skrillex will do very well, but the name won't live on. Skrillex is a replicate of another before him, and before him, and before him.
Nothing wrong with replication as a form of imitation and flattery, but if you just blindly make no effort to find /your/ own sound, then your just another person out for the fame and glory.
Thats why I only help those who I feel are worth helping.
I won't be the one who actively contributes to the wrong people getting attention for replicated sounds when theres amazing original talent still out there.
(Updated 2013-05-12 16:49:32)
But what exactly is "your own" sound? It is never clear what that is, because every artist sounds similar to someone else. There is no "original", there is no "pioneer". Artists copy all the time. Whether or not the artist's own spin makes it differentiated is irrelevant.
I suppose the true criticism is the notion of originality. Let me cite two similar artists, both in the aggressive dubstep scene: Skrillex and Xenixa. Both sound practically identical these days. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Both use the same FM8 growl and the same structuring in their tracks. Why would that annoy so many people? On what grounds is similarity bad, and how does one distinguish where originality ends and where the copycat begins?