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How Nintendo Helps Your Band

November 7, 2013
Mario Stencil

Mario Stencil (Photo credit: Dr Case)

Love ’em or hate ’em, everyone knows who Super Mario is. He’s the mascot of the world’s largest video game company by revenue, Nintendo. I saw a quote the other day from the current president Satoru Iwata, and I think it will help you.

Since former President Yamauchi passed away, I have been considering what he taught us in the end, and his words that the worst thing we can do in entertainment is to follow what others are doing spoke directly to my heart.

Boom. That’s a truth bomb from a man who watched many highly successful video games come to be. You see where I am going here?

Be Original

You’ve heard it a millions times. Don’t do what’s been done! As you a musician/entertainer/artist, you must bring something new to the table.

How many times have you heard stuff like, “Oh these guys are the next GN’R” or the “next Beatles” or whatever? Those groups almost never last. Why? Because they are not doing anything original!

There’s a reason successful bands from the 50’s don’t sound like successful bands from the 80’s (just picking random decades here). You don’t need to be doing what’s current because by the time you get to the top, the trends will have already changed. Don’t follow the trend, be the trend (click to tweet). Go out there and make something unique! Create a theme, create a genre, and push the boundaries of that genre. Do it, son.

by Noah Copeland

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