Hi I'm Jack Hinks! I'm an Edinburgh based singer-songwriter and professional musician. I spent most of my time toeing the lines between genres and expressive art forms, and usually trying to condense my life into 4 minutes or less. Whether I'm playing my own music or someone else's, behind a guitar is where I'm my most comfortable, unaltered self.
I see creativity is a mirror you hold up against yourself. It gives you the chance to play with how you, and everyone else sees you. Creativity is the most versatile force there is, and I find it often spans into almost every other filed of interest. I find expressing yourself creatively can be the most natural process, but also sometimes the most difficult. Most creatives (myself included) are very self critical, and can often be their worst enemy!
I do believe everyone is creative. Some people are more extroverted than others, but creativity can find its way into any strand of thought. So long as your experimenting with new or different ideas, you're doing something creative.
More often than not, I feel my most creative when I'm forced to improvise. I consider myself a fairly good problem solver, so when I'm presented with a situation or piece of music where I have to think on my feet, even the wrong answer can open up a road that I'll want to go down.
I often suffer from creative block, and it's usually a situation where I have an incomplete piece of work and I can't seem to finish it. It's never completely easy, but I try to lower my standards and continue to write or play until the tap has opened and is flowing more freely. It's also important to know that you can always write another draft, and having a bad first draft is the best place to start. Taking a step away and immersing yourself in something else can give you a fresh perspective also. Working under pressure isn't for everyone.
A lot of music I write is inspired by personal experiences, and with each song I try to hone in on a main theme or feeling. For me, the most powerful music, and often the songs I'm happiest with come from making something positive from a negative experience. I've been trying to write a lot about mental health and seeing its effects on the people close to me, which can often be hard but rewarding. Also songs that focus on anger or dissonance tend to never lose their potency from when I first wrote about them.
Don't be afraid of failure. The worst that could happen is you find what direction doesn't work for you, and that's still a positive learning experience. Be open to new ideas, art forms and doing something you would usually regard unconventional; try creating outside or in a new environment! Maybe the reason you haven't heard about the idea in your head before is because no one else has done it yet. Working with like minded people can help grow ideas, but mixing mediums just might bring you the result you never knew you needed!