Finding a unique voice as a musician is never an easy process, but learning from great artistic minds is often an essential step towards artistic and personal development. In these remarkable TED Talks, some of the world’s best musicians open up about some of the biggest challenges they’ve faced over the course of their careers; whatever your artistic background may be, these four lectures will undoubtedly help you take your musicianship to the next level.
Famous for his genre-busting solo career and for his work with progressive rock giants Genesis, Peter Gabriel has always championed social justice in both his music and in his promotional videos. In this inspiring lecture for the TED organization, Gabriel demonstrates the power that music videos can have in fighting injustice: If you’re a musician interested in expressing your most firmly-held beliefs through your creative work, this talk might just be for you.
As one of the greatest songwriters in history, Sting revolutionized the music industry with his band The Police and with his own successful solo career. In this in-depth TED Talk, the musician talks about how he came to terms with an incapacitating case of writer’s block, and his advice on rejuvenating the creative process will undoubtedly be useful to any composer who has reached their own songwriting dead-end. If you’re ready to take lessons on music from one of the best artists on the planet, this TED Talk might just be a life-changing experience.
While OK Go had developed a modestly successful career by the early-2000s, the group’s breakout music video for the song “Here It Goes Again” became a viral sensation in 2007 and earned the band a Grammy award in the process. In their informative TED Talk, the group discusses the impact of using a great idea to reach the top of the charts; for any musician interested in learning about the power of viral marketing in a fiercely-competitive industry, this is a great place to begin.
Taking his cues from genius songwriter Bob Marley, John Legend used the TED organization platform to discuss the power that music holds over society. Providing a new perspective on Marley’s famous tune to elicit social change, Legend takes us on a musical journey that we are unlikely to soon forget. For songwriters who want to inspire others with their work, this talk is a must-see.