Exalted Wombat wrote:
Let go of 'what music do I like?'. Try 'what music can I sell?'
I can't imagine why you would give someone that piece of advice EXCLUSIVELY. I can see giving that piece of advice as the pragmatic half of a combination that had a polar opposite that you were trying to bring into a state of dynamic balance. If you let go of what you like, you lose your soul, you lose your integrity. Why would you recommend that approach? But I can see that if someone ONLY did music they liked, they might be out of touch with what and how people were actually listening, so you might not succeed in getting your music heard. (Scott Walker, John Zorn, Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed, Frank Zappa might disagree, but we can't all be that good, right?) so by paying attention to what sells, you might make your music more commercially marketable, without compromising its integrity. Might. Or you might just sell out. Anyway, in the interests of balance, you could advise someone: 'Write the music you like, and pay attention to what sells so that you're speaking the language of your listeners'. But even balancing those two values, I'd still give priority to the 'what I like' half of the equation.