“The function of the creative artist consists of making laws, not in following laws already made” (Ferruccio Busoni)
There are two types of songwriters, music producers and artists: The follower and the leader.
The Follower: Will work very hard to write what is the hottest trend, write about familiar subjects that are commonly heard on the radio or in music, produce similar sounding productions or emulate different styles of music.
The Leader: Will intuitively look beyond the norm, push boundaries, will listen for what is not heard, will analyze and change up things with a driving passion, will shoot to be a trendsetter and will take risks with the results ending in either things really great or really whack.
Being a follower or leader is not wrong, just different – each role has its purpose and place. Not everyone is supposed to be a leader and not everyone is supposed to be a follower. However, when you find out which one you are, it will help you determine how to network and who you need in your circle to achieve your goals. So which one are you?
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Are you a Follower or a Leader in the Music Industry?
1) If you are a follower, you like to keep busy, you may like someone else doing the research and giving you direction. You might enjoy being creative in the process of projects. It would be easier for you to be a studio engineer, make beats or write songs. When networking, people who have a lot of ideas, who run a label or who like promotion and marketing would be great relationships for your goals.
2) If you are a leader, you have tons of ideas, you may find many people always asking you questions or for your opinion, you might like to do many things at once, you tend to ‘get things started’ in a group setting and it won’t matter the topic of starting or running a label, studio, selling beats or writing songs, you’ll find a way to get it all done and manage to not get bogged down.
There are a lot of resources about the roles of being a follower or leader. These are just a few basic characteristics. Keep in mind that you can be a leader in a certain area and a follower in another – they can definitely overlap.
In summary, there is creativity and new rules to make in each role. Figure out and enjoy which one you are, network where you can, work towards staying in your strengths and enjoy the process along the way to achieve your goals in the music industry.