So I just found this guy, Chet Faker and he’s absolutely incredible. I want you to watch this video, and listen to these lyrics, and just turn on his playlist on YouTube – he’ll keep you happy for a while, and you’ll thank me I promise you. I love the production, and all that he writes, and does.
So the reason for this exercise can be summed by one phrase: This is what music is about. Visceral expression and honesty. I’ve always had a slightly varied writing style, and it’s changed a lot here lately – I would say I’ve simplified my lyrics and phrasing down to a core value that was always there, but sometimes came across a little sloppy, or a little “incomplete” and sometimes so focused that it would really only appeal to one or two people in a room full.
But that’s the point of what we do as artists. We have to be free to express who we are, however we need to express that, and we need to be able to find outlets for this without the limitations of the surrounding “dig”, you dig? “Lost amongst the ambiguous dig” is where most of the music lies these days. There’s some really great stuff if you go looking. Watch London Grammar’s Youtube playlists. Watch Chet’s. Watch any of these indie artists as they grow and develop. It’s like a good play – you have to go to the opening show, a few in the middle of the run, and the final shows to get a holistic perspective on the piece. The play changes and develops as it goes, the same as real people.
Music is life, it lives and breathes in the same ways we do. My only mistake in my career has been altering my music because of something someone said. It’s good to try on new hats, but if you let it change why you do what you do, you’ve lost touch with your breathing.
Good advice for any one listening. Thanks for listening 🙂 and being lovely.