I read Kendrick's 'Complex' interview yesterday and thought I'd share (some of) my favorite parts:
I especially love when he talks about challenging yourself and not relying on what you've done because I've (sort of) found myself in that space of "I like this song that I made a while ago, I like the sound, I think it matches who I think I am musically... let me make more of it". The worst part is that it's almost a completely subconscious thought process. You never really know you've been doing almost exactly the same thing, only in different forms, until you make a conscious effort to critically look at your work. (e.g. I sort of think that "Disgrace" was a latent version of "I get ill", because I really enjoyed making "I get ill" and what it sounded like so "Disgrace" kind of fell into that space of "I like this song that I made a while ago, I like the sound, I think it matches who I think I am musically... let me make more of it"). I don't think that "recreating" what's been done is a sign of a complete lack of talent/creativity, I just think it's laziness. I was lazy and wasn't even aware of it. That's something I'm learning now (and constantly reminding myself of)... you have to be present. You have to try. You have to grow. There has to be discomfort.