Listen to individual songs by your favorite artists and pay attention to how the lyrics convey who they are as a person and how they use the melody to arouse particular feelings.
The next step is to determine where you fit into the never-ending story that music provides.
Look within yourself to find what moves you, as an individual with your own thoughts and feelings. A good way to determine this is by considering what you find to be important.
You can draw upon aspects of your life, whether it be family, love, or religion; particular events in your life that you feel have shaped who you are today; or even current events that you are passionate about and feel need more awareness (equality, war).
One way that we can find our musical identity is by drawing upon the artists and composers whose styles have influenced us the most, and by identifying what qualities they have that make their style unique and satisfying.
There is a reason why musicians are often asked during interviews to list their biggest musical influences; artists often draw upon music of the past and build upon it in order to recreate or add to something that they already consider beautiful.
Friends and surrounding environments may influence a person’s taste in clothing, music, speech, and social activities.
Personal interests are what truly set individuals apart.
As a person grows up in a family, they are influenced by many aspects of their life.
Family and culture may influence a person’s sense of responsibilities, ethics and morals, tastes in music, humor and sports, and many other aspects of life.