Make Something Unique

Using all the knowledge you’ve gained about yourself and who you are as an artist, we provide you with some introspective tips to reveal what’s truly unique about your work, and then provide pointers on how to implement your vision.

Madonna, David Bowie, Aerosmith, The Beatles, all of these artists have unique sounds that make their work recognizable within the first few notes of any of their songs. Making work that’s truly unique is the goal of most artists, but none of these artists achieved their signature sound overnight. It took patience, dedication to their craft, and confidence to arrive at their destination. Below, we’ll discuss some steps to take to find your own sound and create something unique.  

Observe Other Artist’s Work
You might think that listening to and watching other artists would lead to derivative work, but if you’re going to develop your own sound, it’s important that you study other musicians work to get an idea of what’s possible. Industry greats can open your eyes about what kind of musical styles you can blend together and inspire you to think of a new way to perform in your genre. You very likely aren’t the first artist to perform in your genre, so it’s important to know the history and evolution of your chosen style.

Develop Technical Skill
Before you can play with your style, you need to have some technical proficiency. Practice, lessons and more practice are the best ways to acquire technical skills. You might have some groundbreaking ideas, but without a level of technical mastery, you’ll never be able to properly express them in a way that audiences will understand. Developing your skills takes time, but your practice will pay off when you craft a beautiful piece.  

Don’t Force It
Finding a unique, recognizable sound isn’t an easy process. There are many working musicians who don’t have an unforgettable style, even after a lifetime of making music. Although this may sound like a bad thing, it isn’t. Instead of trying to wedge themselves into a niche, they continued to play and practice, and you should do the same. Forcing a brave new sound on yourself can be just as limiting as not having a distinctive style at all since it makes you commit to an idea you might not be fully invested in. You’ll know when you’ve found your own style, just be patient until it catches up to you.

Don’t Settle
In the same vein as not forcing your style is not to settle. It’s better to try many ideas than to cling to the first viable option that came through the door. Your unique style is often part of branding, and if you’ve settled on an idea that you don’t like, it can be hard to change it later. Don’t be so eager to set yourself apart from your peers that you alienate even yourself. Be patient and let the right style find you.

Ask Your Listeners 
The secret to finding your style may be hiding in plain sight. You may be leaning in the direction of a unique sound that you’re not aware of yet. Ask your listeners what they hear, they may have some insights that can help guide you toward your signature style. It’s important to do some introspective thinking as well as getting an outside opinion when evaluating your work.