Sorry about not writing much for this blog recently, but I've been a) not inspired b) had some essays n all that to do for uni and c) this post has required a lot of thought and several re writes - never try and write something like this when you're pissed).
Disclaimer, this post is probably tl;dr
I've been in a few bands and I've hung around a few as well and I've heard the sentiment "we want to be completely original... exactly like (insert artist name here)" both implied and said outright.
So I want to discuss originality, what it is and how to be original.
Jack London once said"You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club" so start sharpening your club.
Being aware of your own creative process is important too, so that you can determine whether you're being creative or derivative. This requires looking at your tunes in an objective way that requires discipline (so for example I'm writing a tune with very loose drums, is this because it's good for the creative direction of the tune or because I want to sound like Burial?).
I might write some more on this subject later on, my next post will be about processing breaks (and I'll include some free breaks (royalty free blah, blah, blah) that I've been recording for my devised project for uni (I love creative music tech, I get to make an EP instead of doing a dissertation).
Lastly in case some of you guys don't know the Locust: prepare to be blown away