So, was it worth it? Is it valuable to say/do something if it isn't new? Of course it was, and of course it is. If we had waited until we had something entirely unique, we would never have done anything. Did we transform the music world overnight? No. But we did change it, even if just a little bit. The music world is not the same as it would have been without us. At the end of the day, we are all drawing on our influences, and that isn't something to be ashamed of. Musicians are also music fans. Writers are also readers. Movie makers also love watching movies. In the same way, all thinkers stand on the shoulders of other great thinkers.
Unfortunately, I think many young people are stymied by the same general attitude that we had as young band: "if it ain't new, it ain't nothing." Put another way, the idea is that if someone else has already said it/done it, then there is no point in saying/doing the same thing. But that is just nonsense. Many times, it is the very fact that you are the one saying it, and not someone else, that makes it significant. You have a unique audience of family, friends, and acquaintances. There are people who loved our band because they heard us first and/or connected with us in a way that they didn't with some other band that we might have sounded a lot like. Sometimes we would tell our fans to check out an album from one of our biggest influences, but when they did, they didn't like it. What is more, you might not say it exactly the same way that someone else does. Some people have a gift for making profound statements. Other people have a gift for translating profound statements into easy to understand language. Our song lyrics aren't exactly the same as any other band. Our songs and riffs were not arranged exactly the same way or even played with the emphasis at the same places. These are subtle differences, but they add up.
My point is that if you have something to say, say it. Technology has made it insanely easy. Sure, there are some things that are better left unsaid, but there is no reason to stay silent just because you don't think what you have to say passes some imaginary test for originality. If you have an idea, make it happen. If you grew up in the 90s you probably remember the No Fear band t-shirts and bumper stickers. I had a shirt that said "you can't steal second with your foot on first." Cheesy as that is, it rings true here. You just have to start. Let this website stand as a testimony to that. I started it just 7 months ago and I still know nothing about running a website. I just wanted to say/do something. I know there are a lot of people out there who have been paralyzed by an attitude that says "if it ain't true, it ain't nothing." I just want to encourage you to get out there and make it happen. Are you going to transform the world overnight? Probably not. But it will change the world. A world where you are saying/doing something is not the same as the one where you are not. So go.