I have a Pinterest board with some images that might be helpful:
What I like about the images on this board are the retro-future elements and the darker color tones. I also really like the textures and depth. I'm not really a fan of anything too cartoonish. The warrior logo on the Pinterest board is a bit too cartoonish in terms of the texture, but I like the colors and the dark feeling it brings. Some of the artist-name images on the board (Avicii, Zedd, Nirvana) are there to demonstrate the importance of making the artist name (30Shadows) the most prominent element in the logo. I would like some kind of abstract sense of shadows in the logo, but 30Shadows as text should stand out more than any images.
I also don't want to be too literal about the shadows aspect. For example, having the name surrounded with wispy shadows might be too literal, but feel free to be creative about associations with shadows and see where that leads. I don't want to create too many boundaries because I want everyone to have the creative freedom to really think outside the box. There are no dumb ideas, just ideas that either work or don't work for this project. The most important thing for me is that this logo is absolutely ORIGINAL. This logo is going to represent the artist for many years, so I'm looking for something that will grab my attention, create resonance, and stand the test of time (tall order, I know).
I'm also going to need social media images for YouTube, Soundcloud, and Instagram and also a banner for the website, so the winner of this contest will also be asked to negotiate a price for some additional media banners once this project is complete.