This article will be important. I’m specifying that now. 

It’s okay to go surfing if you’re by a beach or at a water park, it’s also okay to ride a wave if you’re sailing – not a diss to the Sailing Team at all. What isn’t okay however is riding others waves. Before I dive deeper, no pun intended, I should probably describe what I mean first by the term, “Wave Rider”.

Wave Rider / Wave Riding – Verb / Noun. 

1. Choosing to not express yourself through your own originality but instead doing ONLY what’s considered hot in the industry at the current time. 

Sentence – 

1. I’m not a fan of his work, he’s too much of a Wave Rider for me! 

2. I used to be a fan until they started Wave Riding so much. 

Although that may have been humorous to actually make a full definition with example sentences – it’s really an issue that surfaces way too many times in the music industry. There have been countless examples of this. In order to avoid backlash, I’ll not list them. 

HOW TO AVOID WAVE RIDING. 

1. ORIGINALITY & INDIVIDUALITY 

This is rather easy to do, all you have to do is be original and be yourself when creating. Don’t be afraid to try something new that you haven’t heard because that’s what creates new waves. When creating new music, I feel as if no idea is a bad idea while in the creative process. Just be original. 
2. TAKE INSPIRATION IN MODERATION. 

It’s more than okay to be inspired by another artist. That’s what helps deliver new ideas to the table just take inspiration in moderation. I am in no way a producer but when I first started making noises on FL Studio I only focused on Tyler, The Creator beats and wanted to make my own. It all sounded cheesy. 

If you’re inspired by Left Brain, Neptunes, and Kanye West, wonderful. Listen to their work and see what you can create with that inspiration they give you. Don’t do it all of the time though, listen to other producers and see what new sounds you can incorporate in based off the inspiration the other producers give you. 

This applies to all types of creatives, whether you’re a photographer, lyricist, dancer, fashion designer, or whatever else – always take inspiration with moderation. 

3. IF YOU FEEL YOU’RE RIDING A WAVE, YOU PROBABLY ARE. 

If you’re working on new music and you feel you’re wave riding, be honest with yourself and ask how you can change it. In order to do this, obtain feedback by those you trust most. Getting their input and applying it to your work will be very beneficial. If you put out work and you didn’t realize it was riding obvious waves until after it’s released, just be honest about it. 
4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. 

If you do something that you know you’ve never heard done before, keep doing it. Make what some may think because I can almost guarantee that someone else will see the artistic side and rock with it. Believe in your strange and weird ideas no matter how far out they are. 

5. HAVE FUN. 

Make music for you, not for them. Make music that you’d enjoy hearing, don’t worry about what appeals to the masses because that is a sure way to ride waves. If you have fun with it and create what you want, you’re more likely to create new ideas that no one else has before AND ideas that other people are inspired by. 

That is all for now as far as that topic goes. Much like my article on merchandise, there’s always more that can and probably will be added as time goes on. If you have any suggestions to add feel free to comment below or send an email! If you made it through the entirety of this without exiting the page, shoutout to you. These may never help you or they may change your direction creatively, either way thank you for reading and the support. 

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