You could be a rock star. Have faith, what is so hard to match these days. The level of bands getting signed and the ability for songs to sound so simialar to hits of the past and still be credited to the new and upcoming bands is crazy! Im not reffering to any one band inparticular if you disregard my next comment... Jet.
Jet have a habit of not coming up with there own riffs, now you can speculate all you want about how difficult it is these days to come up with riffs that do differ that much from riffs of the past but the fact remains... there is no respect for riff picking!!
I have noticed very distinct simularities with at least 6 songs off the Jet albulm to hit, and not so hit songs of the past. Do you feel that the "riff" stealing that occurs in the music industry is O.K.? By this I am refering to "artists" who use musical fragments already released and use them for their own song.
Given the simplicity of many of the riffs and the finite limit of short chord sequences that sound okay and rythmic variations which are fashionable, I would think it nearly impossible to impose liability without massively altering the music industry. But maybey this is what the music industry needs to move forward and get out of this fag boy, never played a real gig in there lives, unsung era of soft rock, and hard crap. Where to now? It needs to happen and if riff stealing is allowed to go on it never will! We will be left listening to the same crap repeated by differant bands for the rest of our lives.
What I mean by riff stealing is when the band deliberatly listens to riffs and then reproduce the same or similar riffs by playing a musical instrument as opposed to sampling the riff using analogue or digital recording technology.
Even the ideas for many riffs can be stolen. Artists like to use the word "inspired" instead of stolen. This means they where listening to that song when they came up with theirs, using a similar chord pattern or strum pattern with a similar beat, call it what you will but this is stealing.
So all you have to do (if you want to be a fraud and create your music from the geniuse of another artist) is change the odd bar in a riff and come up with a catchy lyric to support the tune. As simple as taking riffs from the stones. This will leave you feeling pretty down on your own ability, as im sure Jet realise they are really crap, but it will leave you with a buttload of cash and a record deal.
All thats left to do after, stealing a riff, stealing a record contract, staling the love of poor unsuspecting fans and robbing yourself of a crack at creating music that has real meaning is to. Create stories of yourselves, such as you drink like fish and need to cut back, create the hard image, it worked for Jet. It can work for you!