On April 21, 2016, Prince passed away. I didn’t know much of prince or his music (pause for a gasp). I was never exposed to his music before. But reading all the news about his passing led me to find one of his quotes.
I was on Mic.com when I stumbled upon this article “13 Rare Quotes From Prince Allow the Legend to Tell His Story In Own Words“.
All of the quotes were really good but one that really struck me was this one:
1. “All people care about nowadays is getting paid, so they try to do just what the audience wants them to do. I’d rather give people what they need rather than just what they want.”
I completely agree that some artists create what they think will sell rather than expressing themselves creatively. The only reason I believe we as artists try to make things that would “sell” is because of this burden of paying the bills or actually making money.
The truth is is that whatever we make there will be an audience for it and if you can put it out there, they will gravitate to you. As creators, we all need a fan base. Building that fanbase is no easy task.
Create from your heart and then let the formulaic and marketing for the brain.