I often try to write in the style of artist that inspire me. The Motor, for example is my attempt to emulate Queens of the Stone Age. Many song ideas really come from an osmosis of every lived experience. This would be true for all songwriters. Sheila Davis says write what you know about. Well, the one thing I know something about is my own experience and the songs and sounds from my childhood. For example, Brian Adams and Dire Straights got alot of air time in public places such as supermarkets and the town pool when I was a kid. It was impossible to depart from the diving board at the town pool without hearing the riff to 'Money for Nothing''. There were alot of mullets and cigarettes were still rolled up under the sleeve on your shirt. At one point my brothers and I collectively owned 10 ACDC albums and everyday after school (which was like living in Napoleon Dynamite) I would watch that famous Oils on Water concert. At the local pub, it was common to hear Cat Stevens 'Cats in the Cradle' and the local cover band used to smash out 'Copperhead Road' and the Angels 'No Secrets'. When private school kids came home from the city we listened to Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedy's, Guns n Roses and the Clash. Mum and dad's record collection had everything from Bob Dylan and ABBA to 80s hits and petrol was 80 cents a litre. The 'music buffs' knew about Nick Drake, Rodreguez (sugar man) and the Velvet Underground. In addition to all this music there was Rage and MTV. All the mainstream top 20 stuff like Yazz (the only way is up), Milly Vanillie and Beastie Boys. Rap dance and break dance were (Rock Steady Crew) huge and everyone had a piece of lino. 'Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge' and LL Cool J's 'Going Back to Cali' was mainstream. Among all this great music The Cure 'Standing on a Beach' Singles was like meeting my musical soul mate. Like nothing else, this music said to me, 'Don't worry dude, I get you" and so began a long love affair with the Cure. 10:15 on a Saturday Night was genuinely original! A feat not many artists can claim. David Bowie may be another artist who was genuinely original (Ashes to Ashes, for example). So, the point of this ramble is that I can't make hip-hop because it would be inauthentic to my lived experience. The music we make often doesn't sound quite like the music that has inspired us most either. My tracks do not sound very influenced by the Cure but probably resemble the collage of sounds and experiences that form the sound track to my life. We can only really write within our own experience with any authenticity. If, as songwriters, we ignore this we often produce work that sounds contrived. So, if your early songs were influenced by the Cure but written in a shearing shed then, perhaps, you get something a little more Australiana. Congratulations is in order if you got this far in my auto-bio because you have won a price which is essentially a small piece of chocolate. Email me for details.
Thanks for stopping by to take a listen. More of my music can be found on Bandcamp https://whiteheat4.bandcamp.com/releases.