With more than 8 million artists on Spotify, it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd. But artists like Skrillex, J Dilla and Billie Eilish are instantly recognizable, regardless of what genre they’re working in, thanks to their signature sound. In this blog, you’ll learn how to create your own signature sound and give your tracks the professional polish they need to stand the test of time.
What Is A Signature Sound?
An artist’s “signature sound” is a collection of songwriting tropes and production techniques that they commonly use in their music. It’s a combination of all the things you’ve learned along your journey as an artist.
Part of your signature sound might be your writing style, like Taylor Swift’s simple melodies and breathy vocal style. Or your performance technique, like Eddie Van Halen’s blistering guitar solos. Or even your sound, like Wu-Tang Clan’s gritty production style and East Asian influences.
Your signature sound should always include a variety of influences, otherwise, you’ll start to sound like a “one-trick pony.” For instance, T-Pain is known for his heavy use of Auto-Tune, but simply pitch correcting your voice won’t make you sound like T-Pain. There are a number of other elements to his signature sound that you need to adopt in order to emulate his style.
Creating a signature sound that’s fresh, resonates with people and doesn’t copy other artists can be tricky. Your signature sound should highlight the most interesting and authentic things about your music. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you hone in on your signature sound.
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