Look I think its very easy to make music nowadays with the tools that we have avaiable to us... Its just now we use a hell of a lot of software synthesizers, drum samplers, romplers etc. This is just like having an old DX7 and trying to recreate a violin sound, or like an old mellotron trying to sample a real instrument...
The fact is, if I havent played every single chord, tapped away at every single, drawn in every single drum hit on ALL of my tracks, i have not written them..If i start using someone elses midi groove and changing it just a bit to "make it mine", or if i use a sampled synth loop as my lead, I may as well go back to becoming a DJ...
I dont understand why these people are calling themselves musicians and producers when using these such tools... Learn to use a keyboard. I did.
If you have a good ear for pitch, a feel for rhythm, a general love of music, you shouldnt need to use these tools.. I you dont have a good ear etc, you shouldnt be making music.. Sorry.
Have a listen to my tracks on Myspace.. They may not be any good to your ears. But at least I can sit back and say "I wrote that track"
All due respect (and I mean that), I don't think you've worked through the logical ramifications of this line of thinking.
By your logic, anyone who's ever been in a band or used a studio musician can't take credit for their compositions and isn't really a musician because they didn't write or play every single note on every single instrument.
I'm not a big fan of loops either, simply because I "usually" have a pretty good idea of what I want and it would be unproductive to waste a lot of time searching for a loop that matches what I hear in my head.
However, I do use studio musicians because, quite frankly, I'm not a member of that extremely small minority that can play multiple insruments at a professional level. Please don't take this the wrong way. I listened to your tracks on myspace and neither are you (I did dig your stuff though, especially "Ones Company").
Think of all the incredible music that has been created using studio musicians. Take Steely Dan for instance. Do you really think that Donald Fagen and Walter Becker played every note of every song? Does the fact that they didn't, make them any less than the musical geniuses that they are?
Well, using a loop is no different than hiring a studio musician, except you don't have to pay to fly him to your hometown and then pay him double scale to perform your song. Of course, you sacrifice the ability to give him feedback while he's performing your song but you still have the ability to manipulate those loops - in radical ways if need be - to get the type of performance you're looking for.
In the end, using a drum loop (or EZ Drummer) requires just as much creativity as writing a drum part if you're really serious about producing a professional song. There are many musical geniuses who use loops in amazingly creative ways.
IMO, the goal isn't to be able to say that I played/wrote every single note on every single instrument. The goal is to make my songs as good as they can be. I often fail at this but I'm not about to limit myself by refusing to utilize the musical genius of others to breathe life into my compositions. If that makes me a poser; so be it.