Against my better judgement, I'm going to prod this with a sharp stick and see what growls at me.
At 10/29/12 06:44 AM, Thief1337 wrote:
Rants about Justin Beiber, religion, and various other stuff that I can't be arsed to read in extreme detail right now.
Okay, first of all. Summary of Justin Beiber's life that doesn't really seem necessary. Though I do agree poor Justin, that life sounds like it's going to suck.
Second, define "artist". It's impossible to really have a discussion about something when multiple definitions are being used. Get an operational definition if you're going to continue this, damn. For the record, here's the definition of 'artist' according to dictionary.com.
a person who produces works in any of the arts that are primarily subject to aesthetic criteria.
a person who practices one of the fine arts, especially a painter or sculptor.
a person whose trade or profession requires a knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.
a person who works in one of the performing arts, as an actor, musician, or singer; a public performer: a mime artist; an artist of the dance.
a person whose work exhibits exceptional skill.
Now that we have that out of the way, I have no idea why you're flipping out about religion in a debate about music. Personally, I think that to be the best artist possible, the music should be (A) the kind of music you want to make, and (B) music that you are truly inspired to make rather than forced.
That said, it's fully possible to be an 'artist' (according to the operational definition I stated) WITHOUT the music coming from the heart. According to the operational definition, Justin Beiber IS an artist, and should not be considered something else. While it also means that the people helping him write his music could be defined as artists, that doesn't mean he is not one.
Now, to answer the OP.
I make music for a multitude of reasons that have already been stated, but since that's not what you're after... the reasons that I am compelled to make music are as follows, in orderly fashion:
-I have ideas that won't leave me alone until I write them down and make them.
-I love being able to entertain people and bring them on musical journeys to places beyond what they have previously imagined.
-I want to improve so I can achieve the first two better, faster, and more easily.
Music is my life, and I hope to make it my life. I want to go into the music or video game industry and make soundtracks, because I want to improve the music there and make it into the kind of music that people will listen to more often - to make the music easy to connect to, and yet have a degree of depth that allows the music to be standalone, deep enough so that people can get lost in it if they listen enough.