18 May 2011

Music influences and inspiration

By Jelena Zafirovic, singer and guitarist

What is music?
When music is a subject, it can be discussed forever, but there are a few groups of people who take it in a different way. For artists: music is the way to express feelings, ideas, to make contact with all the people, to try changing the world.

For the audience: music is a chance to relax, or have fun, or to remember good, or bad times in their lives. For the people who wish to be famous at all costs: music means nothing. But it is very important for everyone to know how to recognize every type.

Why prejudice?
Unfortunately, there are many people full of prejudice in music. Why every musician and every fan needs a tag? Why is Metallica’s music just annoying noise? Why is Shakira a girl that moves her hips? Why is Britney Spears an untalented celebrity who became famous over night?

First that everybody needs to understand is: you can’t become famous over night, and every artist that is one of the most popular in the world had to work hard every since childhood to gain respect from the world. The point here is not to defend any of the artists with “tags”, but to prove that: the more styles you respect and follow – the more creative you become.

My advice
Some people asked me how am I able to write so many songs with different subjects, how do I get inspired. My answer is: follow where the music is going to, listen to every type of music, every style, and then you’ll know, when you hear a bad song with very low quality, you’ll say “I’ll be better than this and I’ll bring real music to the people” and when you hear a good song, with high quality, you’ll get inspired and create more and more every day.

And then you’ll understand: it doesn’t matter is it rock, pop, jazz, or house, what matters is GOOD MUSIC. And it’s also very important to have good people to support you and to work with you, like I do in Mitrovica Rock School.

1 comment:

Andrew Obedoza said...

Music has an infinite range of variety and is constantly changing from time to time. Sometimes in order to make good music, you have to create something that is unique. Something that people will look up to. And as you said, no one becomes famous over night. Hard work and passion to music will keep you inspired to continue making great stuffs.