A friend of mine is doing music work and I love her process, or one of the processes she uses (not going to share).
I believe that in order to develop something great, something goo,d or even something well shitty you have to research. I totally believe that experiencing different sounds and allowing yourself to become a sponge to different styles of music will absolutely help shape the sound you are striving for or the sound that you just happen to stumble upon.
Here are some artists that inspire me, even though their genres are different.
( Martha Wainwright )
( The Fugees)
( WISH )