I have some musical hero’s and I try in my way to qualify playing on the same team but it isn’t for me to answer if I am worthy. So when the question “who do you sound like” comes up, as it often does; I should have an answer.
I used to say “emotional music” or “issue driven music”. The person asking looks back at me as though I didn’t answer. Could my answer have been any more lame or confusing?
Nowadays, I try to say my work is simply run-of-the-mill easy listening. Nobody knows what to do with that plus I get to enjoy looking at them as though I answered them….and I did.
There is so much humiliation in the business of trying to get by as an artist that one should maximize all opportunities to laugh, unless you are at US customs. If the border guard/ customs agent asks “What type of music do you play?” it is a very good sign. It means they are satisfied with your responses to the first questions which were
– Where do you live?
– What’s the purpose of your trip?
– What do you do for a living?
If by chance they smile and ask “What type of music do you play?” then you’re in.
They never ever smile off the top and they might not smile at all. They might just say pull your car into that bay on the left and then they go through all your stuff and make you wait 30 minutes and act grumpy. But if they act nice, it is a dead giveaway that they are satisfied and now they might take a chance to be polite and ask about your music. It is no time to joke about Barry Manilow. By the way the correct answer is ” I play country” and then they respond “Ok, have a nice time in America.”