I actually find it really easy to come up with great catchy melodies , can do a new one in like 5-10 minutes ( the hook) if i really wanted too.
hear for yourself:http://www.wavescapestudios.co.uk/audio.htm
I don't mean to brag but I'm not exactly winning a grammy for it !
All the chart stuff is actually way too SIMPLE for me that's why I like to have just original, great ideas rather than boring , uninspired stuff ! Ultimately when you just have fun and get into the process unihibited is where you make the best stuff in my opinion. Just do it your way and be a pioneer , experimenting is definitely the way to go cos you never know what idea leads to something cool ! But analyzing other songs too much may just make you really good at being an emulator rather than an innovator. There's nothing wrong with being an emulator in fact I think the industry prefers writers/producers who can just deliver some updated version of an already done thing , so there's creating for the industry and creating for the music !
I would have envied Cheiron when they were producing for the likes of NSync and BSB cos those songs are truly great and inspiring but now I really think they are wasting their talent IMHO because they are having to water down their ability so it is " commercially " viable in today's Pop market. All the money in the world would never make me feel better about that just from a pure musicianship point of view !!
The access to immense equipment such as synths, mixers , samplers , a host of plugins and everything else under the sun , technologically more advanced should equate to sonically much higher level music but in fact I find music from before sonically more superior and more innovative in the way they created , used and applied sounds ! Sometimes I can hear the computer cheapness cos it sounds like not many HARDWARE synths are being used !!
I bet Max used to spend weeks on a song , getting it perfect in the 90s and he probably only spends a matter of days now and unfortunately for me that's very hearable. Shame , such a talented musician wasting his skill on SIMPLE stuff !! Don't mean to offend anyone but I don't get paid to agree with everyone's opinion either.
In a way I'm glad i'm not in the industry because I am FREE to let my ideas flow without rules and obligations and A&R individuals getting involved who happen to be NON-MUSICIANS half the time having such a strong influence on the music. I am also FREE to work with lots of unsigned artists and not stuck with only the artists that get pushed my way through X factor or some pop star show. Then if I said I don't feel inspired by this artist the label would think twice about sending me another and you could worry about not getting paid the next time. Politics of course , always politics. But when you are not worrying about really being paid you don't care so I could simply say no and move on to artists that I really care about and feel the energy with to do something great ! In a way I feel some pity for them because maybe they are trapped in that situation and can't walk out so easily because they have " big " names and are accountable to more people than themselves.
Funny how a different perspective changes everything