Plenty of good music artists can find inspiration in an empty room and create remarkable work, even from their basements. However, everyone is different, and if you attempt to travel beyond your comfort zone, you may be surprised at how it can help improve your music.
Whether you are seeking inspiration, facing a mental block, or want to experience something new, traveling can improve your music in different ways.
How Traveling Can Improve Your Music
1. Travel Offers New Connections
When you travel, you inevitably meet new people and personalities you would have never encountered otherwise. These people have unique perspectives. Making personal connections with them, even small ones can help inspire and shape your music.
Opening yourself up to new people, engaging with them, or even simply observing them can impact your music in small and significant ways. It is also likely that you encounter other musicians and artists who may help you look at your music differently, or you may make creative relationships with them.
You never know; they may just end up boosting or helping your career down the line.
2. Exposure Inspires Your Creativity
It is easy for music artists to hit a mental block, especially if they have a long career. However, traveling can help them get your of their comfort zone, which tends to inspire creativity and overcome the mental block.
You need to travel halfway across the world or go to India to have a profound experience. Even exposing yourself to a neighboring state, country, or culture can be enough. However, traveling farther away from home will likely deliver more exposure and inspiration.
3. You Experience New Music
If you are lucky or brave enough to venture further away from home, you will likely experience new music from other parts of the world. Although, you can also experience new music in other regions of your own country.
What’s great about finding new music is that it gives you a chance to fall in love with music once again. It might be tough for professional musicians or music artists to find new music they love, but the chances of it happening in a fresh or foreign place are much higher.
You may find new music in a taxi, at an event, or even among the new friends you make. If you keep an open mind, you may not even need to like new music for it to inspire you or improve your music. Sometimes, your music can benefit from not knowing where it’s headed.
4. Travel Expands Your Perspective
If there’s one thing we all know for sure about traveling, it’s that it helps expand your worldview and perspective on things. As a music artist, this greater perspective can help you think differently about your craft and music.
When you experience new places, people, cultures, ideas, and vibes during your travels, it will help you think differently about how and what you create. It can open up your mind and help you thrive beyond your routine creative processes.
If you are a music artist seeking inspiration, facing artist’s block, or just bored with your music and creative process, it may be time for you to book a trip someplace away from home. However, you must consciously make an effort to pay attention to your new surroundings, experiences, and the people you meet along the way.
Take time to reflect on your life, work, and the things that negatively impact your music at home. You must be willing to seek inspiration and open yourself to new possibilities that may shape your perspective, creativity, or music.
Eric Dalius is The Executive Chairman of MuzicSwipe, a music and content discovery platform designed to maximize artist discovery and optimize fan relationships. Eric is also known for his weekly podcast “FULLSPEED,” where he converses with influential entrepreneurs from a range of industries. Additionally, he supports education through the “Eric Dalius Foundation,” which grants four scholarships to US students. Stay connected with Eric on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn,YouTube, Instagram, and Entrepreneur.com.