#1
Hey UG, I'm having a huge trouble of choosing what kind of band I wanna form and then write for. I have so many diverse influences, I like a lot of punk music, and I literally grew up on hard rock and metal but then I also love stuff like U2 and Angels and Airways, then I like Indie and other stuff like Grunge and Reggae ...

I can never decide on what kind of direction I wanna focus and its really frustrating...

So, can all of you UG geniouses help this confused lad?
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#2
Don't limit yourself to a genre. Put it all together, and make it happen.
#4
Write whatever you're best at writing.
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#5
One advice: don't nail it on one or two. Let your inspiration flow as it comes .
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eclectic is good.
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#7
if your looking for members just tell them your influances and say afusion between these bands ...
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#8
ive got some people interested in they seem very in the hard rock/metal part so thats fine with me

also, my fiancee is in a metal band so im kind of keen to be in a metal band as a bit of ... i dunno ... competition? lol im sad like that
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ive got some people interested in they seem very in the hard rock/metal part so thats fine with me

also, my fiancee is in a metal band so im kind of keen to be in a metal band as a bit of ... i dunno ... competition? lol im sad like that


Sounds like a plan. I would say that having outside influences is always a good thing, sure you'll be writing rock and metal, but you will probably find elements of the other genres you like creeping into your songwriting as well, as they do for me. For example, I'm mainly writing hard rock/metal for my band, but one of my songs has a strong JRock ballad element along with it, and another has a noticeable Muse influence, which makes the songs all the better, just don't limit yourself, they're your songs so just do what you want.
#10
i just thought id let everyone know that i couldnt be bothered to force myself to write (like a few people suggested) and our stuff is incredibly grungey which is kool

thanks
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#11
Quote by guitarskater11
Don't go for a genre do whatever you want.


from my personal experience this can be a bad idea if you actually want to start gigging and playing shows.

It is hard enough for a new band to get out there, and i think one of the worse ways to exemplify that struggle to get out there is by not being able to put yourself into a genre of some sort.

I was in a band where we labeled ourselves as a hardcore band, but had a big post core and punk influence. We were kind of caught in the middle when it came to labeling ourselves and it was very hard to get people out to shows more than once or twice.

People that were into hardcore music thought we were too light compared to the other bands in the scene, and the postcore and punk lovers thought we were too heavy, and we know it quite hard to reach the mainstream when you have a lot of screaming anyway. Which is generally what every band wants to do, get there music to as many people as possible. It made it very hard to tell the right people what kind of music we would be playing, because there was such a mix.

I'm not saying you can't have a bunch of influences, but unless when your starting out you can guarentee ALL your friends can come out to see you, its going to be a big struggle to get out there and build a proper fan base.
#12
Supergenre.
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#13
If you're looking to write music, you should have a rough idea based on the kind of music you most enjoy writing. Otherwise, covers are going to come down to the kind of people you have to work with, and what they are best at in relation to you.
#14
You'll probably find that you'll always write similar sounding music, regardless of your influences.
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#15
Write the music first - if it's not obvious what genre it is then congratulations, you've just paved the way for a new genre of music
#16
Mix it all up baby!

You might as well be something different. And you never know, you might make a really awesome genre in the process.

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Mix it all up baby!

You might as well be something different. And you never know, you might make a really awesome genre in the process.


that would be awesome to be a founder of a genre
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#18
Write stuff like what suicidal tendencies plays.
Like punk the way it used to be? Deranged Youth Its like what Warped Tour should be!

Want to hear something mind-blowing? Pit O' Bodies Its like an amateur hypnotist plus the Spanish Inquisition!
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Supergenre.

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