It's happened to me a few times...I use a certain idea/sound for a track, and a little while later, a major record comes out using the same idea. Then people hear the track I did and they think I'm biting, when my beat was made before that major record was released!
I was making a "club banger" back in like 2005, using a flute as the main instrument. We'd recorded the song and it was going on the album.
Then a few months later, 50 Cent drops Just A Lil Bit, with a flute as the main instrument.
Back in 2009, I did a few tracks where I ran the 808 sub bass through the Reason Scream, to distort the hell out of it. I thought it sounded pretty cool.
Then about a year later, I started hearing a few records come out using that same distorted 808 technique I was using.
(but that situation, I had personally handed a certain major producer a CD with about 10 of my tracks on it, about 3 of them using my distorted 808 technique...and at least 2 of the records that came out with a distorted 808 on them were produced by him)
And just now. I've been working on this track off and on for about a month (it's still only about 70% done), for an artist that I'm writing and producing for...
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And then I hear this Nicki Minaj joint, using almost the same high pitched, ping pongy sound, front and center...
When it happens, I just smile, and take it as a sign that what I was doing was a good idea.
Has this ever happened to you??