Inspiration, where does it come from? How do I become inspired? What is the driving force behind it? Do I need it? Am I inspired right now? How can I use it? These are a few questions you may find yourself asking when you are creating new things. I caught up with DJ Z-Trip a couple months back and we talked about inspiration. It really got me thinking about all the sources of inspiration and the ways it can be positively used. Continue reading, you may get inspired...
The dictionary definition of the term is "Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity" or "An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention." Not very inspiring definitions, but true and basically to the point. How would you define it? I feel that inspiration is that creative spark in our minds that drives us to make something more wonderful than our rational minds could ever conceive. True inspiration can take you past a previous mental block, it can also take complete control and drive what you are creating. Inspiration comes in a glimpse and can fade away in an instant, so use it while you got it!
When I caught up with DJ Z-Trip, we talked about inspiration and he told me what inspires him. He said, and I am paraphrasing because it was a while ago, that so many things inspire him like dogs, new records, old ones, the weather, nature, girls, everything basically. He went on to say that so many things can inspire him on day-to-day basis that its hard to say just one thing. Needless to say, that this conversation inspired me. Also, his mix tapes and his DJing style inspires my creative process from DJing to Art Direction. But to his main point, he basically siad that you can draw inspiration from anything, its how you use that inspiration that separates the good from the great.
And Z-Trip is great! Check out his video below, its him at NAMM 2010, and at the end he does one of his classic routines. Also, if you have not heard any of his mix-tapes, check them out here (they are all so good). He is basically the originator of the mashup, although he would not call it that.
So... what inspires you? And how do you use that inspiration? Do you use it as a driving force in your life? I sure hope so. Thats what its all about. Live inspired!
DJ Z-Trip at Namm 2010: