Music Minus the Ego

If you’ve ever played with other musicians, you know that there is a lot of ego involved in the music world. Want to know a secret? I’ve learned to compose music minus the ego.

Honestly, I’m not ego free. We all have an ego to some extent. Some musicians are famous for being egomaniacs. But something happened when I started creating experimental music as Anderhill, I detached from ego and ownership.

In traditional formats like pop, rock, country, etc., there’s a lot of room for ego. People like to show off their writing, singing, and playing skills. Ambient, drone, and noise-based music has much less room for the ego.

Seriously, can you imagine a drone composer bragging, “Listen to my piece, it’s the best single-note composition you’ll ever hear.” It’s comical.

Experimental music isn’t popular or commercial. We’re not trying to impress anyone. It’s an art form. If you’d like to listen to music minus the ego, listen to ambient or drone music. I’d say you can start by listening to Anderhill but that might sound like ego. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.