Others fail because they don't confront their problems head on.
Vanja Obscure is the bombastic lead vocalist for the industrial death metal band MartYriuM. She talks about music, creative control and the importance of luck.
"Our songs are written by myself and my bandmate Andrew. We work together to come up with songs that we would want to listen to. When we are creating, we bounce ideas off each other. It's extremely difficult to write a song on my own.
Problems do arise creatively but we always find a way to solve them. It's about teamwork. Others fail because they don't confront their problems head on. They try to find ways around the problem.
Pop music today is very manufactured. The stars have teams of people who write songs for them to perform. They also have dubbing machines that make them sound better than they really do. The music industry is very corporate. Thanks to bands like Metallica, even metal music is very corporate now.
We as a band have tried to stay away from big record companies. Because once they sign you, you lose a lot of your creative freedom. So now instead of writing what you truly want, it has to be 'commercial ' enough to sell to the masses. A lot of it is luck.
Metal bands today sign with big record companies so that they get more exposure therefore getting more people to buy and listen to their music. Which in turn leads to more money and merchandise sales. At the cost of the loss of a lot of their creative freedom.
We're always trying to outdo what we did before. We as a band are always looking to push our creative sides to another level. This is what keeps us going.
Creativity helps but a lot of the times luck is involved."