Songwriters value creativity. We want to write songs that sound fresh and exciting.
Through talking to musicians over the years, and reading interviews, I’ve been struck by how many act chafed when compared to other musicians, or even when you ask about their genre. These are creative people, and proud. They resist comparisons and labels. They’d rather be thought of as unique.
I can relate to that desire to be bold and original — but it’s dishonest to act like nobody and nothing ever influenced your songwriting.