I often feel like the music I make mostly exists within a limited space - either covers of songs that somebody else has done, chiptunes, or what I can only describe really as “electronic sleepy music” (downtempo jams, often lofi or vaporwave-tinted). These are sounds I like, and part of what I listen to, but not all. I want to make hyperpop, or trance, or synthpop, or metal too! But whenever I try and work in a genre like that which has more of a distinct style (rather than “sleepy music”) I always abandon tracks because they don’t work out, or I feel like I’m only copying surface level elements - like I’m accidentally making a parody of the style I like.
Anybody got tips for breaking out of your genre comfort zone and moving into genres and styles you don’t normally make?