Two thoughts came to mind when listening to this bootleg video of Prince covering the Radiohead tune Creep: 1) Radiohead songs are always better when Thom Yorke isn’t singing and 2) it’s funny how distinctly Prince-sounding the tone of this rendition is.
When you’re always focused on making sure your clients are happy and adapting your style in order to express theirs, it’s easy to think of having your own “sound” or a “look” that people associate with you as a negative thing.
But this is a nice reminder that having your own style isn’t the worst thing in the world. It’s part of being creative and part of being an artist. You don’t always have to fully shape-shift.
And just wait until you get to that guitar solo….