The challenge of daily life, of art, is to be real. It’s the music that sounds like it’s from the heart, coming from a deep place, not motivated by money. It’s what I hear in early records by REM, when they really wanted it, but didn’t care at the same time.
I’ve heard stories about bands like this who make it big, and then lose touch with their original sound. They have to spend a lot of money in the recording studio to sound stripped-down and hungry again.
Then there’s bands like Low, who carry on for 20 years without any real commercial success, and still sound true. That’s nothing that can be taught.