It’s really easy to complain about time, resources and ideas when we are under pressure to produce. But the music industry keeps on putting out examples of how limited resources are really never the issue when it comes to new ideas, innovation and/or invention.
Most of you probably recognise this hit from the 90s by New Radicals:
What many of you may NOT know is that New Radicals weren’t really a band in the way you’d normally understand that idea. They were a group of session musicians recruited by the singer, Gregg Alexander, who wrote and produced all the music.
After that first single exploded into a huge hit, Gregg pretty quickly disbanded the group, saying touring, dealing with the media and all the trappings of stardom were not for him. He just wanted to write music.
So, he went off to become a (highly) successful songwriter and producer and was the guy responsible for many big hits that you will recognise.
Like The Game Of Love by Santana (feat Michelle Branch) and Murder On The Dancefloor by Sophie Ellis Bextor and Life is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating.
Is it just me, or are these essentially all just slightly different versions of the same song?
Listen to these three below and then go back to Get What You Give.
Can you hear the rhythm, the piano, the little screech high notes?
4 songs, pretty much one idea or process. Now THAT’s creativity!