I probably spent way too much time on figuring out what to call this blog entry. At first I was going to title this entry as, “Why you should consider listening to a variety of different music and attend shows outside of your preferred music genre!” However that title is too long BUT that is exactly what you should be doing!!

Before I go on my little rant I want to further explain why I am writing about this topic and spoiler alert this blog entry isn’t about opening up your third eye, try meditating!

1. Have you ever had “writers block?” You know where you spend 4-6 hours trying to force yourself to come up with a banger of a track only to get burnt out and contemplate blowing your head off?

2. Have you ever found your self BORED TO DEATH (please for the love of god someone use that as a band name) listening to the music genre you love the most? Or maybe you are tired of hearing the same ole up an coming bands sound like a mini version of a well known established band. *insert stupid band name + Jr. at the end*

3. Do you ever find yourself going to the same old shows, seeing the same bands play, interacting with the same people? It gets old, it’s no longer refreshing right?

Trust me I have been there. It’s easy to stay within your comfort zone. Yeah it’s nice to run into the same people but your living in auto pilot. *hits joint* Your stuck in a fucking loop man and your going to miss out on things in life if you stick within your comfort zone!

I have to admit that I struggle with not only listening to different music genres but also struggle with venturing out and seeing bands I have never heard before. Most people think I just love to listen to metal music all day but the truth is I don’t! I’ve been keeping up with all types of metal music since I discovered Metallica/Korn/Disturbed as a young kid and now I’m to the “oh god I’m getting old” age of 25, I’m just not too impressed with that many bands these days. Thats not to say the band’s music is bad, I’m just saying if I hear something that sounds like something I have already heard before then chances are I’m not going to be into it.

Which is why it’s nice to explore new/different types of music, It keeps my mind feeling fresh!

Some odd ball bands/artist I’ve been listening to:
– Sunflower Bean
– Japanese Breakfast
– Ólafur Arnalds
– Sleep Token
– Turn Over
– Zeal & Ardor
– Phourist & The Photons (Louisville natives!)
– TheSecondSex – In A Mood
– Mogwai
– Caleborate
– Endless Heights
– Modern Error
– Galleries

“Why should I go to random shows?”
IN MY MOST HONEST SHOW GOING OBSERVATION OPINION, It is cool as fuck to see different bands and to see how their fan base interacts with their music! Also if you want to grow your fan base you may need to engage different crowds. As uneasy as it makes me some times going to shows, mainly by myself, I always find something of value. Whether it’s catchy guitar riffs, intricate singing patterns, or how the band interacts with their fans. I usually leave with a few mental notes of things to do and not to do!

The dreaded writers block!
So many musicians face this nightmare of a condition called “writers block” and I have seen so many people asking in forums, “How do you get yourself out of writer’s block!?”

My suggestions:

1. Stop listening/playing music for a few days. Go outside. Go do something un related to music so you can experience different feelings. Hell maybe go on a hike, workout, or read a book! Change up your daily routine and you might find a new source of inspiration to start writing again.

2. Listen or attend shows that are polar opposite of what genre you prefer to write. Discover new sounds, let your ear’s taste buds experience new flavors. If all you do is listen to Slayer 24/7 no wonder you are in a fucking writer’s block…

3. Co write with someone! Find someone you can bounce ideas off of. You don’t always have to be the main writer all the time. Open up a bit and let other people provide third party input, you might come up with something cool.

Overall be more opened minded when it comes to different music genres. You will enjoy life more when you can appreciate different music for what it is. Also you will easily draw inspiration from all types of music which will help you become a better song writer!

Thanks for reading! If you have any artist/bands I should check out please send me a message or a link to their music!

Do cool shit, with cool people, live a cool life – Willis

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