The start of a new year and I'm going to talk about subjects that are anything but new.
When growing up I was part of a small group of people who rode bikes. We listened to the same type of music as each other, wore the same clothes and spent a lot of time in each others company. At no time did anyone copy another.
When one person copies another, that person will never be as good as who they copied.
It's hard to separate inspiration and copying. We've all been inspired by others but it's how you do it for yourself that counts. These days a lot of society depends on the influence of a few on the many, but it has never been as important to be your own person and live your own life.
Back in the day we listened to music because we liked it, nowadays it's seems like it's only correct to listen to what Radio One tells you is cool. We watched a lot of American BMX videos and picked up on bands when they were just starting out, we didn't shout about what we liked from the rooftops, we just did it for ourselves. Now through mediums like Facebook, the bands you like get you points with people who have never met you.
Copying is one person wanting to be exactly like another, at the cost of not being themselves.
Everything has been said before so there's no need to lose sleep about any of this. And I'm not writing this as some kind of trend-setter, only as someone who has seen both sides of the problem.