Why do people make art?


'without music, life would be a mistake.' - Nietzsche

'one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.' - Bob Marley
There's so many art forms out there. Many would argue that everything in existence constitutes art, through perceived beauty. You can romanticise even a social construction, a relationship or (as it tends to be) the end of one into an art form. 

What is art? Why do we make it? We're the only living thing on planet Earth that consciously makes it. It's about expression, everyone knows that. We make art to physically or audibly or however we create, we make that art in order to perceive that expression in a sense-able form. I want to hear how sad I am. I want to look at how angry I am with my government. I want people to read it. I want to create something that resembles and embodies that feeling that I'm trying to express. You want others to understand why you've made what you've made and open their eyes to your viewpoint, you want people to feel empathy with your reasoning behind your art. That's what it's about, really.

I can't for the life of me remember who said it, but I was listening to the radio a good year ago now, and there was this guy being interviewed about this song he'd written. The DJ asked him why he'd written such a 'depressing' piece of music. The musician responded with 'because it is depression. I want people who listen to that song to feel as despondent as I did when I was writing it.' He went on to talk about togetherness in sadness and depression, and went deeper into his reasoning for writing the song. Wish I could remember who it was. It was an awesome tune. 

I started making music as a young teen. My Dad got me a guitar when I was about 11 and from then on I was infected. There hasn't been a second in time since that I haven't been in a band, playing whatever instrument I could. Apart from drums. I suck at drums. All that mattered was that I was in a band. Chasing the buzz you get when you create something out of nothing. 

I make music because it's an outlet, but also a fuel for me. Being on a creative roll with something, anything, gets me out of bed at 6AM and working on it until 4AM the next day. While I know that isn't healthy, I can't stop myself. It's also a vent for me. It's how I express what I'm feeling. I often find it considerably easier to make rhyming metaphors about the way I'm thinking rather than actually put those emotions into legible words. 

Being in this band and the hard work that we have put in up to now means that I am able to do this. We're working on our next project as I type, and we're taking the time it needs for it to be as special as we know it can be. I can't tell you how excited I am.


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