Living in the 21s century, we are lucky to get opportunities that would never be possible without the development of modern technologies. Before even communication between creative people was a much bigger deal, but nowadays with the help of the Internet, we have more chances to collaborate with those who are interested in our work, even though they may be kilometers away from us.
Collaboration is an extremely important part of the creative process which allows us to share our ideas in order to achieve the best possible result, come up with something entirely new and overcome those challenges with which we might not be able to deal working alone. Apart from that, collaboration gives us a chance to spend time together more productively, inspire each other and give us more creative power (TEDx Talks, 2014).
The Internet gives us endless possibilities for collaboration, including collaborations with fans. For those who admire someone’s work, it might be difficult to gain the attention of a person. However, social media makes everything much easier. While researching the topic, I came up with the story about a popular EDM producer Deadmau5 who posted his new track on SoundCloud and pretty soon got a feedback from one of his fans saying he wrote some lyrics for it. Deadmau5 decided to give the guy a chance and was amazed and inspired by what he got. It led to them releasing the track together — and that perfectly illustrates the creative collaboration opportunities we get with the Internet (Newton-Rex, 2015).
(Beware the inappropriate language)
I believe that 21st century is a perfect time to create something together with both your peers and fans because it can lead to revealing a new creative power and be a great source of inspiration. I’m convinced that we should not give up these opportunities.
Newton-Rex, E. (2015). Deadmau5 collaborating with a fan is exactly what the internet is for.. Medium. Retrieved 22 April 2018, from https://medium.com/world-of-music/deadmau5-collaborating-with-a-fan-is-exactly-what-the-internet-is-for-33b917a5812a
TEDx Talks (2014, June 19). Creative collaboration — a 21st century imperative: Paul Roe at TEDxFulbrightDublin [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFFEzM2JnIo
Wanza7 (2014, May 22). deadmau5 finds vocals for “The Veldt” | March 18, 2012 [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgeWHnSmPKE