Steal Like an Artist.

Posted: November 23, 2015 in 4. Major Project / Production. - 3rd Yr., Music and Visual Media.

This first lecture was a fun and inspiring session. Covering themes from the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon we discussed the boundaries or ‘lack of’ when it comes to copying ideas and the dangers of becoming a pastiche when copying is over used or not thought out thoroughly.


We discussed as a group the ‘life of a project’ and some ways to overcome feelings of no longer being engaged with an idea


After some group discussions we were given a task to be completed in 20 minuites. Steal Like An Artist suggests one of the best ways to fully understand what your trying to portray as an artist is to fully understand your influences and influences’ history and inspiration.


Without thinking about it too hard i chose to use Meat Loaf as my favourite artist because ’Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through’ is probably one of my favourite songs of all time.





I had never thought of doing this exercise on my own influences especially in the songwriting field, it was an interesting discovery to find that stage musicals and some great pop writing was behind such a dramatic and operatic artist as Meat Loaf.

We can see from the slides above there were two main writers behind the production of Meat Loaf. Jim Steinmans background was Musical Theatre, New York popular music and he was responsible for classics like Bonnie Tylers ’Total Eclipse of the Heart’. Celine Dions ‘All Coming Back To Me’.   …  Phil Spector was basically responsible for the contemporary girl group and the wall of sound.

Its interesting to know that as a result of the Rock Opera sound that MeatLoaf the ‘stadium rock sound’ started its journey with the works of Bruce Springsteen, Queen & Elton John. It is fair to say all of these artists express a wide range and full emotion in there performances.

Emotions… That’s the reason I write my music, I am always going ‘with what i can feel’ when writing a song or piece of music & Attending CSM has broadened my knowledge and techniques for being creative.

’So how can Meat Loaf and the ’Steal Like An Artist’ exercise inspire me or my music..?’

Although there is predominantly large productions and dramatic story lines to the music videos of MeatLoaf his works are usually based around the guitar or piano, I play the guitar and piano myself. I will look at some youtube tutorials and see if i can identify any common themes or methods in his music.

I will also strip back all of my material and perform them as they’re written. This way i can focus on the strength of the songwriting rather than a production of something that is a near miss.

I look forward to recording some more demos but before that… Practice!


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