What do you mean – original? How to be original? What is originality in the first place?

Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works.

This is from Wikipedia.

Well, ok. Fair enough. But when you discuss “being original” and “making original music” with someone, they almost immediately fire questions with the speed of the light!
Then we usually put on our smart faces and missquote Rafiki(the wise monkey from The Lion King)

— To find originality – you must look beyond what you see(hear) —

The monkey said that about Hakuna Matata, but you’ll say anything to stop the questionfest and get the hell out of there as fast as you can. But when that wise-ass phrase doesn’t work… well… you go into details. We assume that the phrase didn’t work with you either, so here are some suggestions on “making original music” subject.

DISCOVERY

That moment when you’re listening to some music and it speaks to you – is priceless. To feel it you must look for it. You musn’t get stuck with something you like (or don’t dislike) and give up searching for new sounds. It’s like digging a tunnel. You’ll only find what’s in the end of that tunnel if you keep digging.
So “keepa digga, never get donna”!

SAMPLING

Before you go “whaaaaat?”, know this – sampling doesn’t mean you’re copying or whatever. Sampling means that you see better way or just YOUR way to make it work the way you want it to work.
Every sample is potentially is a great song. It’s there. All you have to do is – “dig the best out of it”. It’s a process and it can surprise you(it take you to directions you didn’t even think about) while you’re doing it.

DIFFERENT ANGLE

If you do a research (and you should, if you’re serious about this) you’ll find tons of superinteresting material. Music history is beyond rich. It’s a universe of knowlege AND usable material. We’re not talking about copying something old, NO! We’re talking about… reinventing old sounds using modern technology and adding something of your own to it.

STAY YOURSELF

Talk about adding that “your own” thing. Your heart, your mind, your ear knows what sound you’re looking for. It’ll take awile for you to create your own sound. But once you do, MAN!!! It’ll be… you’ll know it when you do it and feel IT! You just have to be stubborn and don’t give up. Keep working, baby. Don’t let trendy things distract you.

MICROSCOPE

Put the sound under the microscope, shred to pieces and put it back.
Try. Experiment with it. Imagine that your workplace is a soundlab. You have the equipment, play with it. Just don’t break it for Pet’s sake. We’re not going to tell you what you should exactly do. Just remember, there are no rules. Uh, no. Actually there is one rule. Breaking other “rules”. Go for it. You may like the sound you’re hearing while you’re playing with your toys. And if you do – do it again and then perfect it.

All this together and some more… and you’re making original music.
Got that? Good. Now get outa here and get to work.

Damn, I’m good at motivating. Hey guys, I wanna raise.