I do make my own beats, or atleast chop drumloops up very much and rearrange them. from there it’s only a small step to adding/exchanging single drumsounds, and voila, you made your own loop.
point is that it’s very hard to get the groovey feeling of a real played loop when doing it in renoise with single samples.
and the line between eval timburlund and this is simply :
take the break of james browns “funky drummer”, chop it up, throw it around so it fits your own composition and say “right” if someone asks if this is the “funky drummer” (and at this point make a note that you need to work more on that so people don’t realize it this instantly)
sample the amazing 2-bar guitar-lick intro of that song, add some fx, run around claiming “I DID IT !” and act like a total idiot when someone points out that this is a james brown song.
about the bass : I have stopped using sampled bass-sounds ages ago, they tend to sound horrible when pitched up and down. take a vsti (there are great freeware ones out there, as you know) and really start to know it.
harakiri : it’s not a mistake to learn “the works” first, that’s whats called “practicing”. from there you can go and do really unique stuff. question is if you have to release every “practice” you made. But honestly, I still sit down and try to recreate certain effects/ideas I hear in other peoples music, just to know how they do it and take it to my own direction from there on. Heck, some time ago I just sat down and tried to do some “trance”-music just for the sake of it (I never even saved those songs, so don’t bother asking trancefish ) but the fact is that now I suddenly have ideas on how to incorporate a trancegate in my music, it’s a fun little effect if used right and I learned some stuff about those morphing glossy pads which might be handy in the future.
If you learn an instrument you will start by playing easy and known basslines, you can’t just freak out from start doing your own original stuff. But you don’t do this on a stage infront of people who paid for it. (Unless you are in a cover-band.) Get my drift ?