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"Steal like an artist" principles ✨

This post loosely accompanies Gab & Jam, 280. "Steal like an artist" principles (video: and podcast: )

As you know, we’re ALWAYS looking for inspiration around here. So I stumbled upon this YouTube video that listed quite a few Steal Like an Artist principles this morning:

See the episode for the full discussion.


3 Steal like an artist principles:

1. Remember that you are the sum of your influences

Since nothing is ever created brand new and from scratch, your voice comes from the combination you create by mixing them all together. Not only is this freeing, but it is ever-evolving, as you grow and change, and add new influences to what you do. You are NEVER perfectly copying your inspiration and it’s in your “imperfection” that you become just the “right” version of you. So, don’t sweat that you started out trying to “copy” someone’s song or style, because as you work through it, you will figure out where the song departs to become some new creation that’s all yours.

2. Let your other “distractions” fuel your creative soul.

Sometimes you problem-solve WHILE creating something else. What we mean is that sometimes taking a walk or taking a trip or taking a nap can fill in gaps of your creative problem; since your mind continues to work on it even as you are away from it. And—or—sometimes that weird quirk—of you playing PacMan as a mental break from your creating, as an example, gets folded in as a left of center influence on the main art. Perhaps the objectives of the PacMan game become the inspiration for the lyrics of a song that you’re working on is how something like this would work. So, nothing is EVER lost; it becomes the fabric of the final work that you create, if it complements the art in some shape, form, or fashion.

3. Seek creative play

We all want to be this considered serious artists, but part of discovering what you want to create is to TRY a bunch of different shit—some of which Will ABSOLUTELY NOT work out. –I have been TRYING to figure out how to garden for three decades now with little success. 😟 But that’s okay. –Everything you create gives you “information” and fuels your joy, which will find its way into what you do (if you allow it). So take the time to let learning scales take you down a rabbit hole, so that you create a brand new song that is inspired from a few of the chords you heard strung together. We give you permission, if that’s what you need.

What about you? Which idea resonates with YOU?


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Here’s what we’re into now:

· One of our videos for our song, “Tell Me What You Want,” is going gangbusters in Vietnam!

· “Faith in Me” on Union 999 Independent Playlist:

· “I Miss You” got picked up for a Spotify Playlist!

· Tom Ray’s Art Podcast:

· “Sugar Fit” on Darkest Corners of the World Podcast S2 E3

· “Flying High” (from “Sugar Fit” album) on Toes in the Sand Playlist

· “Sugar Fit” on his Spotify “Indie: Undiscovered But Brilliant: Vol. 3”

· “Sugar Fit” on No Sugar Radio

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· How to collaborate better (for D.I.Y. Rock Star):

· How to write quicker, but better (for D.I.Y. Rock Star):

· Should you ever play for free?

· 17 Tips for taking better band photos—ESPECIALLY if you taking them yourself:

· First Music Video? 10 Best Websites for Free Stock Video Footage:


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