Who are you trying to please?

All but the most arrogant of us do it.  We like to please people, it gives us a sense of purpose.  There’s nothing better than doing something for someone else and seeing them being a happier person for it.  But be careful not to take it too far.  Try to please everyone and you’re in for a surefire way of depressing yourself and not getting a fat lot done.

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody” – Bill Cosby (didnt know he was a philosopher, did you!?)

How does this apply to music?  Well, in times when marketing is just as important as the music you create it is tempting to tailor your music to others and what is popular.  This can slow down development of your own style and lead to quite a scatty back catalogue.  It may help you get more work, but when people request you to do a remix or track for then they will be expecting the same style.  So make sure you only make music that you would be happy putting out there day in, day out.

Be inspired by others.  Tailor your music to suit your favourite record labels.  But most of all, please yourself.  One day people will respect you for it.

Here’s a related post you might like: http://the99percent.com/tips/6570/how-to-gracefully-manage-your-critics

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