Who fucking cares? It’s 2015. There’s 1,000 years of pop music behind us.
Consider Tarantino’s movies; I like that he plays with form. He will make a genre film but he’ll deconstruct what that genre even is. That’s an example of post-modern filmmaking. You’re aware of the reference, but nothing is original because everything has been done; everything is a variation on some concept. But you can’t exist in a vacuum. I like embracing the idea that listeners might catch a reference or that they get inspired by something.
I like to believe you can create something only Great inside of a vacuum. Its too easy for me to just say everything has been done before so lets just rehash and regurgitate are heroes. Thats too easy and sounds like an excuse to not move the needle forward. Creating Art is difficult you got to embrace your instincts.