when i used to play in a band we wrote our own material, alot of people liked it, but we caught a lot of flack from the "bar bands" for what they considered lack of talent . so which do you all do. create your own music, or play other peoples. both have their pros and cons. note, we did end up playing some covers because if people dont dance then you dont get paid
well that depends where your playing cos sometimes people just want to listen to some good music and watch a band and just have a good time so you'd play mostly covers and then other times you may be able to get away with playing more original songs where people come especially to listen to music or whatever just taylor your set to your audience.