Here’s how a typical creative session of mine typically goes...
I sit down at home studio, electric guitar in hand. I commence pursuit of the guitar sound that will forever change hearts and minds, like My Bloody Valentine in the late 80s. I pluck away at some broken chords I liked much more when I first came up with them. I open Logic X’s Amp Designer and play around for at least an hour, sampling every single amp and moving every knob to every imaginable position. Then I move on to plug-ins.
“No it was better without the distortion—no maybe just less distortion. Oh, I like this Happy Face Fuzz pedal, it’s so cute how it’s shaped like a smiley face OMG. No. This is starting to sound too much like Band X. Scrap the whole thing. I’m garbage.”
“Hey, you know what would be weird is if I played this through VocalSynth. LOLWUT. THIS. IS. SO. WILD.”
Another two hours pass.
“That sounds pretty cool...but is it just cool in isolation or does it work in the context of the track?” I wonder as I stare off into space petting Bilbo The Cat, who has taken a spot on my keyboard. How do bands settle on one sound? Every time I find a cool one, I’m sick of it after hearing it for even a few measures and want to find something “better.”
My stomach grumbles.
“I can’t work like this; a hungry mind can’t be creative.”
I leave in pursuit of burrito.