I do not believe in emulation. I do not believe in genre. A music artists’ desire to replicate their idol or conform to a category is a reflection of our social flaws.
We all yearn to belong, not only as artists' but as human beings. Conditioned to believe that only the norm is acceptable.
We need inspiration. We should all be students of our idols, absorbing their stories, styles, and disciplines. However, I do not believe we should emulate the creatives who inspire us. We should take what we've learned from our musical heroes, and build our own styles, craft our own stories, and express WHO WE ARE...
Let's break free from the chains of genre...
Although being different is frowned upon in our warped society, it is those who think and sound different, who set the societal standard of what we consider to be normal. Those who transcend time, are those who transcend genre. To transcend the typical is to act like no other but ones’ self.
If Beethoven composed a “Rock n' Roll” piece, it would not sound like the Rolling Stones, It would sound like Beethoven. The style of “Rock n' Roll” would be prevalent but Beethoven's essence would remain. His voice would stand strong and consistent no matter the "genre" he was composing.
Paul McCartney's collaboration with Kanye West and Rihanna on “FourFiveSeconds,” is lyrically hip-hop. Modernized to fit todays audience, Paul McCartney's melodic Beatles-esc style is noticeably present throughout the song. He can warp but he can't hide, making him timeless.
As Mercury & The Architects continues to develop, as my music is further released, I hope to inspire fellow artists’ and listeners that sole expression is possible. That the constraints of GENRE IS BULLSHIT and the practice of emulation prolongs the reign of your idols.
I am not a rapper, I am influenced by Hip-Hop. I am influenced by Billy Joel, Steve Jobs, Jedi Mind Tricks, Biggie Smalls, Leonardo Da Vinci, Eminem, Meatloaf, and many artists who have inspired me to express myself.
Genres, heroes, and music education have given me the tools to create my voice.
I do not want to be like my idols.
I do not want to be like you.
I WANT TO BE LIKE ME.