So, I’ve struggled with this question many times and here’s what I’ve discovered and learned from artists I guarantee you know. Artistic Comparison is by-itself an oxymoron. Creativity and expression isn’t measured in who you emulate or aspire to be, its about who you are personally and what you want to convey. Complex or simple, Technical or abstract. Your voice or creations are already majestic, beautiful and unique. Every time you share it you contribute to the art form and help others who feel like you do the same. We are so lucky to live in the time we do. How many aspiring musicians that came before us even had a chance to express themselves in anyway. You have to let go of your doubt. Creating music everyday and sharing it is how you overcome the doubt. Anyone can “learn” technique, “expressing yourself” is what’s hard. Art takes an act of courage and I know you have it because if you didn’t, you would not be asking for advice or suggestions. That’s courageous. That’s expression. That’s who you are. Don’t run from fear of failure, run towards it. You will find out very quickly that the two are separated by an extremely small margin- Your point of view.
Here are some examples:
DeadMau5e can neither read or write music and where’s a mask because he’s self-conscious about, himself.
Hans Zimmer was classically trained yet has reinvented orchestration with synths and hybrid sounds that 35 years ago was laughed at by most classical standards.
Danny Elfman and Tim Burton worked everyday on, Nightmare before Christmas for years before making it. No visuals. No certainty and no experience for either in how to make a musical. They just said just said, “Hey, lets do it.”
Timberland, seriously makes music with his mouth, because he can’t play an instrument or read or write music. He also works with a team of three because thats his strength collaboration. One of his most famous songs with Missy Elliot has a quantization mistake in it and no one knew or cared.
JunkieXL same thing not classically trained, but well known and successful.
What do they have in common with you or me? They all shared the same fear you do. Fear shapes our reality just like hope. It’s up to you to decide which one you want to feed. I’ll will make an agreement with you. If you promise to make a song every week or month or whatever I will to and we’ll release them together. We’ll get you past this because the artist you want to be is on the other side of this and I would very much like to meet him.
I know I just met you right now in this forum but I’ll do it with you. Why, because you might make the music that changes peoples lives, minds or soul to me thats worth it!
Let me know.