Known for his creativity and silly performances, Beck is an eccentric artist who’s been prevalent in the music industry for more than two decades. His consistent relevance results from keeping his audience captivated.
Here’s how musicians can be as intriguing as Beck.
1. Offer variety.
Beck has played around with alternative hip-hop, rock and anti-folk genres from album to album, yet he still offers a “beck-esque” sound to each song he creates. He finds a way to incorporate distinctly different music trends into his own unique sound. Explore all genres of music to broaden your capabilities.
In his new song “Dreams”, Beck explores his pop-rock side.
2. Don’t be afraid to improvise.
In his early career, Beck performed mostly at coffee shops. Knowing these are venues where the music is mostly background noise, Beck challenged the audiences’ indifference and improvised lyrics to keep them engaged. Beck hasn’t been afraid of spontaneity during performances.
Fans appreciate playfulness so don’t be shy to step outside your comfort zone.
3. Write absurdly creative lyrics.
‘’With the plastic eyeballs, spray paint the vegetables, Dog food stalls with the beefcake pantyhose.’’ This lyric is absolute non-sense and comes from one of Beck’s most successful songs, “Loser”. Beck is unconcerned with forming the perfect, cookie-cutter lyrics.
Let your creativity bloom freely even if it doesn’t make sense.
4. Collaborate with different musicians.
During his career, Beck has collaborated with several musicians such as Feist, MGMT and James Gadsen. Just like going new places, meeting new people, and trying new food, collaboration provides variety and keeps music fresh.
Reach out to musicians that can compliment your sound. They are more willing to collaborate than you may think.
Learn from Beck because he has successfully sustained the attention of fans for over two decades. It looks like he’s not stopping anytime soon.
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Roselie Kelly loves to explore and meet new people. She recently moved to Dublin Ireland, where she spends her time teaching English as a foreign language, running, picking up new hobbies and being a dutiful temp receptionist/runner/errand girl/cookie snatcher!