As many of you know, I love to travel. At first, I just naturally enjoyed going to different places and seeing new things, but then I began to realize something. I was being inspired by the new cultures and people I came across, which really affected my creativity.
As a producer, I always want to be creative or original so that my listeners don’t get bored listening to my tunes. In this article, I’m going to show you 6 reasons why traveling can positively affect your musical creativity.
According to many brain studies, scientist have determined that a livelier or more active mind promotes creativity! As you become exposed to new things while traveling, such as a new environment or a new atmosphere, the brain creates new neural pathways or new memory slots so that you can remember what you experienced. It’s these neural pathways that gets us to remember how we felt, what we heard, or even what we tasted that was new.
So, when you travel to new places and see new things, new pathways are being created in the brain. This not only increases brain activity, but you are also building a bigger “library” in your mind for you to work with when putting together a creative music piece.
Being cooped up in your room or studio all day can put you in a very routine state. Although having a routine is good for productivity, it can sometimes reduce it. One of the great benefits of traveling is you get to be in a new environment, which means fresh air, fresh view, even fresh sounds.
Being in a different environment has proven to increase creativity as new scenery can open up your mind. Even the change of nature can spark new thoughts as you see things you don’t usually see in your compact room or studio.
Of course, when you travel, you’re bound to meet new people. If you’re an introvert, just being in your hotel room won’t be enough to help you think of your next best-seller.
I would recommend that you get out there and try to meet some new people because this can increase your creativity! Hearing people’s thoughts or their opinions can help you see things in a new light. This different perspective may be the puzzle piece you’re looking for to piecing your new music together.
Our culture has a lot to do with where we grow up. For example, growing up in a western country, such as America, is totally different to growing up in a country in Africa.
Culture can largely influence how we do things, so being exposed to different cultures can definitely expand your mind to different ways of doing things. There are actually many ways to do or achieve something and when we expose ourselves to new ideas, we can then start experience new methods.
Believe it or not, but different races naturally think and sometimes act in specific ways due to genetics and the environment they live in.
But this shouldn’t mean we should set them apart because this can actually lead you to have a more rigid style of thinking, which can then limit your creativity. Getting to know the diverse races that exist in the world during your travels can certainly help you understand them better.
This in-turn can also shape you into a better person. Some studies have suggested that a love for the human race has helped great artists make very creative songs that have even impacted the world. A perfect example is Michael Jackson with his song, “Heal the World”.
Finally, probably the greatest benefit of traveling is the opportunity to find yourself. Developing a unique voice is one of the most difficult parts of being creative. It requires a lot of soul-searching and a large amount of confidence in your own identity.
Traveling can help you better define who you are, so spending time in new places and experiencing new things can help you learn more about yourself and maybe even reveal your hidden talents, abilities, or potential.
So, there you have it, the 6 scientifically proven benefits of traveling in correlation with creativity. It is then safe to say that traveling DOES affect your musical creativity (in a positive way).
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