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Love what you do
« on: May 05, 2015, 09:33:08 AM »
Being a musician is not just about getting paid and in fact sometimes it takes a while before you do get any money out of it so you have to love what you do in order to make money.
Those who have passion produce this when they sing and the crowds can feel it which makes it worth while for you and worth while for them which will get them to follow you again. A fan base is important when being a musician but make no mistake the road is not easy and under your management if you do want to sell your music you must be willing to play in the worst places for the least amount of money until you can reach a goal where you are able to sell out stadiums or arena's. This does not happen overnight and this means that there will be times when bills cannot be paid and your family will be left alone without you for a while. So, in saying this you need to love what you do not for the money or the fame but for the love of the music.

Re: Love what you do
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 08:45:46 PM »
I can agree with this sentiment.  Music, like any industry, has no real guarantee that you'll "make it big" in X number of years, so you really need to be confident and passionate about what you're creating, especially early on.  I'd say the most difficult thing is balancing ideals with realistic opportunities.  For example, I am wholly against playing at a venue "for the exposure" or any other excuse that amounts to playing for free.  Not that I disagree that playing a show is beneficial for a newer artist, but playing for such reasons devalues performing artists as a whole, which is something I perceive as a problem with the industry nowadays. 

I mean, if you want to play music, play music, but hopefully you can do so at a venue (DIY or otherwise) that has some sort of compensation for you as a performer, even if it's just paying for dinner.

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Re: Love what you do
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 04:55:26 AM »
Want to talk about this again. It is materialized.

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Re: Love what you do
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 09:56:02 AM »
  For example, I am wholly against playing at a venue "for the exposure" or any other excuse that amounts to playing for free.  Not that I disagree that playing a show is beneficial for a newer artist, but playing for such reasons devalues performing artists as a whole, which is something I perceive as a problem with the industry nowadays. 

I agree with this. You should always at least ask about payment even if you don't think you will. In my experience, if a venue/promoter thinks they can get away with having your perform for free, it's going to be an uphill battle to get paid when you think you deserve it because they can always think of BS reasons not to pay you.

Exposure is also a problematic concept to begin with. If you're not getting paid, you're also probably not getting to play in a prime slot. In a lot of places, if you're the very first band opening up the show, there's probably not going to be that big of a crowd to be exposed to so you really are playing for nothing.