Emulate, Don't Imitate Your Icons
"Find people that you like and admire. Try to mimic them, then you’ll end up finding your own thing. Like one of my favorite artists, Miles Davis, he said when he started playing horn he said the best thing to do is play exactly like who you love and then you’ll end up turning around and it’ll become you. So Charlie Parker was probably his guy and then he ended up finding his own style. Just mimic the people who you dig and your personality will come out from it."