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Old 03-12-2014, 01:30 PM   #61
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@OP almost all my music is a fusion of multiple genres and ideas, its generally just my brain creatively combining all the shit I like, vigorously shaking it, then shitting it out into a DAW

pisses off some of the folks I work with. Its kinda funny. Just cause you write music well doesn't mean you can wright standard commercial music with the same energy.

In my experience I can write in a wide variety of genres somewhat effectively, but I can only produce and distill the powerful energy in genres I truly enjoy.

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@OP almost all my music is a fusion of multiple genres and ideas, its generally just my brain creatively combining all the shit I like, vigorously shaking it, then shitting it out into a DAW

pisses off some of the folks I work with. Its kinda funny. Just cause you write music well doesn't mean you can wright standard commercial music with the same energy.

In my experience I can write in a wide variety of genres somewhat effectively, but I can only produce and distill the powerful energy in genres I truly enjoy.
Yeah I feel the same way.

Just produce stuff you like if its the same genre all the time then why not get good at what you like.

If you like to jump around between genres or mix genres then do that and it can also yield nice results.

But I think that its best idea to try and produce music you have a lot of feelings going for
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:17 AM   #63
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@OP almost all my music is a fusion of multiple genres and ideas, its generally just my brain creatively combining all the shit I like, vigorously shaking it, then shitting it out into a DAW

pisses off some of the folks I work with. Its kinda funny. Just cause you write music well doesn't mean you can wright standard commercial music with the same energy.

In my experience I can write in a wide variety of genres somewhat effectively, but I can only produce and distill the powerful energy in genres I truly enjoy.
Out of topic, but is it possible that you got a good tutorials Youtube channel that I'm subscribed to?
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Old 09-12-2014, 09:53 AM   #64
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:56 AM   #65
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Re: How important is it to choose a genre/style and master it vs being all over the p

It depends on the person making the music and what they want to get out of it all.
How you view thew world and fitting in, or not fitting in.

If you're comfortable choosing a concept, or genre/syle another scene has developed and devout yourself to that, do that. If you're not comfortable going down that path, make whatever comes to you and jam it out. There's a purity in that. But there isn't much use to it outside of your own well being.

If you have ambition, you're going to have to frame your art in some sort of fashion to get any potential of feedback. In this framing of your work, that is the wonderful thing, the possibilities are endless, but the goal remains the same, framing your art to connect with the current demographic you want feedback from. Whether that be the entire world, or your country, or your state, or your local club section. It's a scene and you're there to make it.

But there are others trying to show everyone else their stuff too, and doing it better than you. In that, you need to learn to not compare yourself to others too much. Else you run the risk of never being content. Which some would argue is the magic.
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:33 PM   #66
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I don't feel that it's so much about choosing one style or using many so much as, seeming like you actually know what you're doing..

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Old 09-12-2014, 04:56 PM   #67
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It depends on the person making the music and what they want to get out of it all.
How you view thew world and fitting in, or not fitting in.

If you're comfortable choosing a concept, or genre/syle another scene has developed and devout yourself to that, do that. If you're not comfortable going down that path, make whatever comes to you and jam it out. There's a purity in that. But there isn't much use to it outside of your own well being.

If you have ambition, you're going to have to frame your art in some sort of fashion to get any potential of feedback. In this framing of your work, that is the wonderful thing, the possibilities are endless, but the goal remains the same, framing your art to connect with the current demographic you want feedback from. Whether that be the entire world, or your country, or your state, or your local club section. It's a scene and you're there to make it.

But there are others trying to show everyone else their stuff too, and doing it better than you. In that, you need to learn to not compare yourself to others too much. Else you run the risk of never being content. Which some would argue is the magic.
Definitely agree with you bruh. thanks for the words :>

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Old 10-12-2014, 01:21 AM   #68
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my question to this would be "what do you want to put most of your energy into?" you can't do everything, well maybe you can, but my mind would become disconcerted trying to do everything

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my question to this would be "what do you want to put most of your energy into?" you can't do everything, well maybe you can, but my mind would become disconcerted trying to do everything
I agree that's why I really only play around with a habdful

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Old 10-12-2014, 07:54 PM   #70
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my question to this would be "what do you want to put most of your energy into?" you can't do everything, well maybe you can, but my mind would become disconcerted trying to do everything
that was similar to my line of thinking. There's been lots of great input in this thread, and many people stress how important it is to stay true to "your sound", which I totally agree with, and frankly my motivation for producing has never been to impress others. So all that aside, on a practical front, if you want to produce music, and be good at whatever style of music you make, shouldn't you eventually hone in on that particular style, and narrow down exactly what genre's have influenced you so you can master your sound.

Long story short, I think its possible to spread yourself too thin, to the point where you dabble in a wide range of style's and have only mediocre results in each, vs having nailed down a unique and focused style in a masterful way. Quality over quantity.

All the semantics about "forget genre's", "make your own" etc give me the impression that people are unaware of how much they are still drawing on particular genre's and their conventions. Its those tried and true conventions which make people move, and make music felt. Its all been done before, regardless of how much you put your own unique spin on things. So, I think the quicker you learn the foundations of whatever genre's tickle your fancy, the sooner you will be able to have full creative reign and make it your own.
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Old 14-12-2014, 04:09 AM   #71
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Re: How important is it to choose a genre/style and master it vs being all over the p

In general focusing on a lot of genres can be fine. Its just that if its all under one alias it can make things a bit scattered for people coming to you. And also you can't become established in certain communities as much because you aren't present like someone who only makes that genre.

The other thing you'll learn when you start to mix things together is that the more unique it becomes, the less labels want it. They don't want to take a risk.

Double edged sword in many ways.
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Old 15-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #72
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i havent read other replies, i'll just tell you what i think. You really need to experiment with many different styles of music and learn their aspects and even if it takes you a while longer, your general skill will rise instead of individual genre because many features of a genre are added to different ones. Take an example of dubstep. You never heard any dubstep saws or sounds in any song before skrillex made it popular.. Now even pop songs have dubstep features in them.

This does not apply only in music but in life as well, you need to have surrounding knowledge of the things you are doing.

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Old 23-12-2014, 09:48 PM   #73
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Depends what you want. If you want eg. many listeners (fans) and maybe label deal, than better stick to 1 genre (and maybe another one which is near the first one). Cause there a re many bands out there who play the same shit over and over again but still have tons of fans und deals and concerts etc.

But bands that are very experimental (like my own was) mostly did not have that mass appeal.

If you want to make music mainly for self pleasure, just do what you want of course.

Edit: It is also noted, that many fans consider the best efforts of a band that plays there original style but refines it. They still can have maybe 1-2 tracks out of norm on an album but should not change completly. Like Slayer would make christian rock now... you know what I mean?

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It's usually not something I'm consciously aware of while I make music generally. Unless for instance I'm doing a remix and the brief has to conform to a particular style or genre. Mostly it goes on feeling and intuition. To be honest I don't take much pleasure in describing my music to fit into a certain genre. I much prefer the listener to decide what they think it sounds like.
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Re: How important is it to choose a genre/style and master it vs being all over the p

It's a bad idea to limit yourself in any way, producing only one genre is limiting too.
In the beginning don't think in genre's, find your own sound, sometimes making a particular genre helps you into finding your own sound.
And listen to many genres/styles of music too, even the ones you don't like. Often you start liking music you didn't like before and it will give you great insight on producing too.
You'll learn a lot by just listening and getting inspired by music in general.

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Old 13-01-2015, 01:26 AM   #76
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Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

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Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
what I've been getting at. Sure, dabble to your hearts content, and it will help you develop your own unique sound, but eventually you have to perfect that sound if you want to compete at a greater level.
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Nothing to say in this thread that hasn't already been said to death, but my philosophy is Write the kind of music that would be your absolute favorite if you heard it coming from somebody else. Take aspects you love from various genres and artists, and mash up all those qualities into one style. If theyre cohesive, they will work.

If that style is similar to a set genre fine! You aren't un-creative, but you still found your sound yourself instead of going "x genre is easy to make/popular/whatever, I'll make that."

Wandering around from style to style when you're starting out (Or even a long time after) is completely normal.

And if you write all over the place and can't seem to stop? Then group similar genres in the same album, or take up new artist aliases entirely if your palate is too wide for one name.

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I usually tend to produce lots of different genres, but from time to time I like to focus on only one and then I try to master it.
Working on just one genre forever, in my opinion, does not stimulate creativity enough.
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I think you should emancipate yourself from styles. It has no relevance, in my opinion, to get to master a specific music style, unless it is Jazz or progressive metal. in the area of electronic music, experimentation is the key. You can of course have a specific preference but it has no interest to master it, unless you want to be an ersatz of what has already been done. The point is to improve / complexify the music, so mastering a specifi style will only lock you up in something that already exists and probably other people do better than you.

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