reply to post by AfterInfinity
I like the way you think.
First, I will say that the OP does make a point. A person can achieve 'success' by mimicking.
But the really great ones don't mimic.. They blaze the trail. If you mimic a great artist, you'll produce (or re-produce)2nd-rate copies of
their art. In music, 2nd rate 'clones' of 1st rate players is so commonplace that it's cliche.
Musicians have literally invented new genres of music by eschewing any and all mimicry and doing their own thing.
They have actually invented new musical signatures and timings. These folks are often referred to as "pioneers".
An imitator couldn't do what they do.