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Old 27th-July-2016, 02:56 AM   #1

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Default How INTPs as musicians?

Hi, in advance sorry for my grammar as the title suggest,, i wonder how INTPs as musicians,, and do you know any INTPs musicians?(famous or not famous) i mean i love science and all,, im a computer geek etc. but i decided to pursue career of a musician,, something about making music attracts me,, and im listening to music whenever i can,, it is one of passions from childhood,, i always wanted to sing though and was sinning quite a lot,, enjoyed it a lot also,, but since my voice isnt that great i decided to just make music....... by no means im gonna stop working on my dream depending on the results of this thread,, but i dont mind a little inspiration or a discouragement if it comes to that both types of posts appreciated....... thanks
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Old 27th-July-2016, 04:03 AM   #2
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I'm INTP and also very into music. I've tried to compose music in the past, but have discovered I'm more of an admirer of art than an artist. I don't believe it's a limitation of type, however, so don't be discouraged.

The world needs more music... it is such a pure form of communication.
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Old 27th-October-2016, 10:41 PM   #3
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Buckethead is often attributed as being an INTP. Richard D James (Aphex Twin) also. I think there are probably more INFPs in music than INTPs but INTP musicians are probably less likely to be the "front man/woman" or leader of a band so maybe they just aren't noticed as much. We aren't exactly the attention seeking type after all. My guess is there are more INTPs in electronic music or making film/tv/videogame scores as well, since those things are easier to do alone.

I think the biggest hurdle for being a musician as an INTP is staying dedicated to it. INTPs are sort of known for being a bit flaky and having a million different interests/hobbies none of which they stay 100% dedicated to. Music is really something that requires you to focus on for many years.

One of the reasons Buckethead is commonly typed as an INTP is because when he was in bands he was constantly not showing up, always late, he literally hides behind a mask on stage. He also puts out a ridiculous number of songs/albums (he has released over 100 hours of music over the last few years) but they often feel like cool grab bags of ideas rather than highly focused and completed songs. Richard D James similarly has also done interviews in the past where he said he had hundreds of unreleased tracks and relied on friends to tell him which ones to actually release.

I am a computer geek by trade but my strongest interest in life has always been music, both appreciating it and making it (I play guitar and piano). Yeah I know an INTP computer geek, who would have thought?
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I'm an INTP and I'm a musician. It's totally normal that you'd be drawn to music since music in and of itself is mathematical and is kind of a science in terms of its creation. I find that composing is the best as an INTP musician, you can orchestrate out your various ideas that sporadically come to mind as you write and construct it together from the madness. Or at least that's what I do. I've always been attracted to music, especially classical music and metal (started as a 2nd grader playing clarinet, tuba, and singing here and there all throughout my school life until I graduated). Metal is a playground for an INTP since it doesn't necessarily follow the generic formula of other music genres, and often has heavy influence from Classical music. But just as any other science or computer program, it takes a bit of learning and playing around with it to really get it. Don't get discouraged, it's about having fun, and letting your mind go crazy on different ideas and getting them to fit together.
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