Originality is key to getting your sound known. In many cases, an original sound may be more important than technical talent. It sticks in the audiences’ head so they can later more readily recall you. Think about all the copycat bands you hear on the radio. Do you really remember their names? There are songs today getting major airplay that we have heard often but thought the band was another band that happened to sound the same. Influences should be a source of inspiration rather than a mold.