Great art is NEVER made by a committee.
And if you’re thinking “But isn’t a band like a committee?,” you’d be completely wrong.
A band is like a wolf pack. Each member has a uniquely defined role to ensure the success of the pack. There is no “Robert’s Rules of Order,” and ultimately no one gives a shit whether someone’s feelings get hurt in the process. All that matters is the survival and success of the group. Weak links are simply eliminated – as a result most most bands have a limited shelf life. It’s a brutal environment where one must constantly produce.
This is why so many Hollywood movies suck – they are made by committees and decisions are guided by focus groups. The films that find passionate audiences are made by visionaries who may or may not listen to outside input. But even if they do, these outside influences are ultimately run through the filter of the auteur and used or discarded as they see fit. John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, John Cassavetes, Woody Allen, George A. Romero, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Takashi Miike, Michael Haneke, Park Chan-Wook, Lynne Ramsay, and Quentin Tarantino – to name just a few off the top of my head. No one was telling these people what they were or were not going to put on the screen.
So if you are going to create something, have the balls to fully realize your vision. Even if everyone else is telling you not to.
Especially if people are upset – this means you’re touching a nerve, which means you are making people feel something. This is the whole point, and is a good indicator that you are on the right track.