Indie musician? Here’s how to trigger your inspiration again

Everyone in a band knows that a group brings a wealth of ideas, multiplying the creativity that comes from just one mind. But sometimes, even with so many ideas flying around, you might hit a block. This is when it’s crucial to step out and seek new inspiration to get those creative juices flowing again.

Setting new goals as a band can be incredibly energizing. Whether it’s experimenting with a new genre or adding striking visuals to your performances, these goals can rekindle your collective motivation. But remember, everyone in the band should have a say in these decisions to keep the enthusiasm universal.

Sometimes stepping into a completely different world of art, like visiting a gallery or museum, can spark unexpected creativity. You might see a painting or learn about a famous musician’s history that inspires your next song.

Or maybe, attending a live show could reignite your passion for music as you see others perform.


Travelling is another great way to refresh your perspective. Taking a break from music and exploring new places can open your mind to new ideas. When you return, you’ll likely find yourself more open and ready to create.

Introducing small routines before practice sessions can also prepare your mind for creativity. Something as simple as a group stretch or watching a short video can signal to your brain that it’s time to get creative. But if routines start feeling stale, changing up your workflow or environment can bring a new burst of energy.

Don’t underestimate the power of just playing around with music. Sometimes, the best ideas come when you’re just jamming without any pressure. Make it a point to also jot down any interesting thoughts throughout the day or journal about what’s distracting you, as this can help clear your mind for more focused creativity.

Collaborating with other artists can also introduce new styles or ideas that might be the key to your next great piece. And never forget the power of rest. A well-rested mind is far more capable of creativity, so make sure you and your bandmates are taking enough time to recharge.

So, if you’re feeling stuck, try these approaches. You might find that inspiration for your music is closer than you think.

Carl Gruen

Carl is the founding host of the Australia128 program and brings a world of expertise to the station. From Canadian, Australian, and European Indie, to the more undiscovered Indie markets in Asia and Latin America.

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