It is considered common practice to work with reference tracks during production of a song as it helps create a mood palette or vision board for your creative process. You may like a snare sound from one place or a certain production idea appealing. Discovering and exploring your creative muse and music listening habits may help keep your songwriting momentum going & offer a good way to communicate your ideas to others. However, I have met independent musicians who do not seem to be open to this thought process because of the belief that they could somehow infect their own song writing process and its integrity. Some have even said they may inadvertently plagiarise someone’s music if they did.

What do you think? Do you use reference tracks? If so, how? If not, why not? And how do you think either of those decisions help you or doesn’t?

Interested to hear your thoughts on it!

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