musicbiz101wp – What do you mean by Create music and don’t create content? What I mean is, you should create music for the sake of art, not just for content to make it popular. Because when you create music as art, you’re making something wonderful and when you create music as a content, you’re selling out.
The Difference Between Create Music as Art and As Content
The difference between create music for art and create music for content comes down to the motivation behind those creating. It’s “why” behind the music you made and content starts with ohers. You create music as a content when you begin with what others want or what you think they want from you. Either way, Art starts with you, and you will create Art based on what you think is best for the Art. Music is a part of Art and we should have treat it such it is.
When Art and Content Collide, What Will Happens then?
There are some situations where it can be unclear if music seen more as a content or truly being treated as Art. For example, when a composer gets hired to create music for a film, it that art or a content? Well, first thing of all, just because someone gets paid to create something doesn’t automatically make it seen as a content because it’s okay to earn money from your art. And again, it’s all about the why behind the creation of the music you created.
Here is another example, when people use my music (art) for their TV Show or commercial (content) is that okay? First, TV show could be considered as Art (like a film) and if that’s tru, I’m making Art that can be getting synced with another piece of art. Secondly, I have to go back to why I made this music and being used in a show or commercial that resnoates with my song.
“When you create music as Art, all you think is making music that resonates with yourself and do your best to create the best music with all your heart. You don’t need others expectations or what you perceive their expectations to be affected of how you make music.“
How to Create Music as Art
If you really want to make sure that you’re creating music as art, I recommend your song to pass three different tests, so you can be sure you’re digging deep enough into your authenticity and creativity and that three test is : feel test, wait test, and human test.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before you create music as Art:
- How does you feel when you make this song?
I have a rule for myself as I’m writing and producing a music, it has to cause an emotional and physical reaction in me first. If it doesn’t, then it needs more work and remake. That song could make me smile, touched, get choked up or even dance in my seat. I have to emotionally and physically respond to the music and the productions and keep working on it.
- Will it be a good song for a year from now on?
The second rule is that, if that song I wore still can make me feel something a year later, then I’ll record and release it and that means I’ve created an Art worth sharing. Your don’t have to wait for a year because right now you can share it with some people to know how their reactions about the song you made too, but it’s a good idea too to sit on your finished songs for a bit then revisit them and make sure it still cause you to feel something whenever you re-heard it. And its has to pass the wait test.
- Does this music will tap into the human experience?
As you already know that some great arts taps into the human experience and being human sometimes can be difficult to put into words, which is wht music that combined with the lyrics and stories can do the trick. If a song resonates with you, it will surely resonates with the others too. But to make sure, try playing the song you made for a friend in-person and see how they react to the song.If they don’t show much any reaction, the you should remake the song and need smore work because it hasn’t tapped into the human experience enough.
As Art Creators, whether or not we are make a living from our art, and there os one questions we all will ask ourselves on our deathbed..
“Did I already make a contribution to the world that I’m proud of?”
Music is such a powerful force, and it helps people cope with tragedy, celebrate moments, feel seen and heard. It’s a shame when we as a musicians do a disservice to music and to the listener by treating music as a content.
And that’s what I mean when I say create music and don’t create content.
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