Finding your sound is really important if you want to succeed in the music industry. However, this is not an easy task, but there are a couple of ways that you can make this process a tiny bit quicker…
3 THOUGHTS FROM ME
1. Your sound comes from practice, and most likely it will come from you trying new techniques of sound design in your music, which is why you need to learn sound design so you can experiment with different techniques. A good way to try to ‘find your sound’ is to try merging ideas from different artists together, or even from different genres. It’s important to not copy the artists, but get inspired by them otherwise you can set yourself up for another trap. Read more about it in this post where I give you 3 reasons why you need to learn sound design or you can follow our youtube channel where we recreate a lot of famous sounds as well.
2. If you try to create music that is too similar to others, why should labels sign your track instead of the artists you’re trying to reference/copy? Why should Anjunadeep sign an artist that sounds exactly like Ben Böhmer if they already have Ben himself on the label? This is why finding ‘your sound’ is so important. This can help you set yourself apart from the rest of the artists and give a reason why labels should sign you. Artists and genres should influence you, but if someone says you’re too similar to any artist, a label might not sign you for being too close to someone else.
3. At the same time, the more you obsess with ‘finding your sound’, the harder it will be to find it. This is not something easy and it could lead you to frustration if you’re in a constant and relentless pursuit to ‘find your sound’ since ‘not finding it’ could stress you out. However, the best way to find your sound is actually by not actively trying to find it. Experiment with different genres, different arrangements, and different sound designs for the sake of ‘trying something new’, and eventually, your sound will find you.
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
How are you trying to find your sound? Here are a couple of ways you can do it:
a. Try to combine three artists you like into one song. If it starts to sound too close to one only, stop and rethink what you’re doing;
b. Combine genres. Like house music and progressive house, why not combine the elements of house with the elements of progressive?
c. Use a sound in a different manner. If a TOM was intended to be a percussion, what if you did a bass with it? That’s what GENIX did in one of his most famous tracks named ‘Kill Switch’!