I write when I have the desire to write, there is inspiration … and money is not important, for the money we have to work somewhere else. For myself, I understand, if there is no inspiration / desire, it is better not to sit down to write music, because this lost time.
johnny625 saidI don’t think this has anything to do with an artist getting more famous. As an artist gets famous record labels and managers become very risk adverse and are not willing to try new things for fear of killing the golden goose.
Do real creative musicians need money? Of course they do. They have bills and taxes to pay as everyone else. On the other hand there are countless examples of musicians creating less and less interesting music from artistic prospective as they got more and more famous. I guess if you already sold millions of records you really don’t have to try as much, people would buy almost any music from you when you are that big. I am not saying that there aren’t famous artists that retained their artistic credibility, I am just illustrating a general trend.
Well the managers expectations and pressures come into play also. But occasionally the artist themselves would decide to play it safe, by making more commercial music to keep the cash flowing since those mansions, sports cars, fancy designer clothing all cost quite a few bucks.
My favorite tracks are my trailer music, but they don’t sell like the meaningless music I make for AJ I wish they would though, because I’d really like to share those (specifically Not Forgotten, that one means a lot to me.) Often times when I’m writing, I visualize my music instead of thinking about it. It’s like I can see melody lines and counterpoint working when I have a clear head (obviously that doesn’t really apply to simpler music). My aim in writing is to make music that will give you goosebumps. That usually how I know a song is on the right track!
I don’t care about sales at the moment. I’m just trying to build a portfolio of stuff I consider good and have it in a place where there’s a chance that it’ll be heard by interesting people (film/video/etc creators).
However, I totally plan to try and make commercial happy happy motivational/corporate stuff one of these days, just out of curiosity. There’s nothing wrong with trying to make things that you think people will buy. That itself is an art, IMO .
And I don’t really know exactly why I make music. I just know I’m addicted to creating music since I was like 7 years old.
And I always start to feel awful physically whenever I go for more than a couple of days without making music.
Maybe music is just what my brain uses to increase its dopamine levels.