Got a few thoughts regarding this which you may be into. This is the random production thoughts afterall! Seems a good thread to start haunting whilst ableton does all of it's clinky clanky loady stuff.
FWIW I've seen the development of 'style' comes with response/reaction [read:covers up and hides their mistakes LOL] to difficult learning curves; the compensations/faults give rise to little traits which give rise to 'style'. Simple example: the style of hannah barbarah cartoons - all necks have scarfs/are covered to save animation costs on head turning etc. Comes out of the method. Begin by almost relying on 'symbols' then gradually phase them into 'actualities' (for example, you begin drawing an eye as an oval with a dot, then slowly begin working proper shading and such into that shape, forging a hybrid. That seems to be 'working style'.
The other main factor seems to be somethign along the lines of "technical contributions" - that is weird/stray/random artifacts/residues etc which are unintended components from intended action etc.NOTE: Copying these artifacts is often just highly repulsive to people - see: 'cookie cutter' 'sell out' etc. To me as a painter, one thing which stands out is when newer painters purposefully try to add random drips of watercolour etc to imitate spontaneous splashes. It looked good because it was spontaneous -
you're copying the wrong element but just imitating the drip. Probably a much better way to phrase that. Such as "happy accidents" like bob ross put it. In music - this could come from models you use, down to instinctive EQ use etc etc. A long combination, but people seem to discard what doesn't work for them and collect what does. I don't know exactly, but it's almost like it just does itself. There is not much difference between what you do and what happens... that kinda shite... Try it out... Go with instinct versus good solid 'consideration' and chances are they won't differ too greatly - if anything, 'overthinking' seems to be the main risk of excessive damage (i.e. too much EQ, then bounced, audio completely wrecked/lost)
Fuck knows. Perhaps a lesson of don't persue style, just turn up and keep working. Style seems to be a 'grace' not a destination
Also bit of a weird anecdote: " If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise." Look at your mistakes and they'll start to stand to attention.
Maybe easier to see this in visual arts.
Maybe worth noting how many 'minds' can be involved in finished music tracks - how much of that style comes from mastering engineer for example. I guess on a bigger picture it's just the smaller details repeating though.
P.S. Anyone know if those "maybes" should be "may be"? Fuck knows if there is a difference