It's so confusing in this world I live in. When I try to "push the genre forward" how do I know where it should go? I can't find the laws of moving-a-genre-forward anywhere.
But wait, hey! I suddenly got this shocking new realisation!
Maybe Music isn't on a march of progress? Maybe it's not a dichotomy of "You're pushing the genre forward" or "You're regressing/holding it back!" Maybe people can "copy" a style because they like the style and want to make it? That sure would be an interesting world to live in, where people get influenced by other musicians and want to make music "like they do." Where for example, it's okay for Culcha Candela to exist (or *gasp* even like them better than) when we have Seeed even though they're "A Seeed Clone."
You know what, you guys are terrible. I define my entire reason for making music as a desire to copy those before me. I like Skrillex, I like Noisia, I like Tactical Sekt and :wumpscut: and Groove Coverage and Kosaka Ryu and Blue Stahli or Libido Airbag or Iceman. And that's just electronic music. And I want to make music like they do. It shouldn't matter if I want to make music just like they do, or if I want to mix it up. Because I want to do both. One isn't better than the other. Fourplay isn't a terrible group because they're just like old jazz. Doing the same as others isn't "just copying" and "holding the genre back" and the other isn't "pushing the genre forward." Genres aren't meant to go anywhere. It's okay to like a band or group or producer even if they are "just like" somebody else, even if they are "just like" somebody else except not quite as good. Because that supposed perfect band or group or producer? They probably aren't making infinite amounts of music encompassing all the possible ways their niche could be taken. And they can't. Tupac is dead. I shouldn't have to suffer through no rap like his because it's forbidden to "copy" him, with any attempt to make music like him just holding the genre back by no-talent hacks.
Some things are popular. Sometimes you don't like those things. Oh well. It's not a big deal. It also means that when you make the things you like, and what you like isn't popular, it's no big deal when you don't get as many fans as those who make what is popular. I don't want to make cybergrind because I think everybody's going to love it and I'll get swarmed with millions of fans. I want to do it for me, because I like it, it seems like fun, and I want there to be more of it in the world. If people do love it, that's great. But it's not my reason for wanting to make music.