blaubär wrote:Can someone please explain to me how this mudic/touring business really works. I mean i read it like this: i travell the world for three weeks, work nine nights ( how long is a show, 2 or3 hours?), sleep most nights at a hotel and eat for 30 dollars a day (which i think i quite a lot) and still get out with 800 usd.
I mean i get it: its not exactly travelling for pleasure, but not everyone would call that three weeks of work either. And there might be bills to pay at home as well, which means there might not be much left of those 800 dollars at the end of the month. The artist certainly doesnt get rich, but then most of the workers even in the western world dont.
I am not a professional musician and i have no idea if touring for three weeks is fun or hard work in comparison to an average industrila workers job. I just dont get the point the artist wants to make. It sounds like complaining to me. Did i get that wrong? Can someone please explain?
i agree w/you. and 12,000 sales is not a lot in the world of the working musician who's making a living on his/her music. i mean.. it's a nice chunk of sales... but obviously is still just peanuts. i'm sure the music is on torrents etc and in a perfect world maybe he'd have another 30,000 sales but we don't live in that world.
what it comes down to is beatport charts don't mean shit. his music isn't popular enough or he doesn't have enough fans. i'd never heard of him until his blog post went around the forums. maybe he needs a better label deal.. maybe he needs to do more shows.. but why can't he do more shows? is it because there's no demand?
whatever.. this is the same scenario we've all read about for years and years. the fact is it's hard to make a living on music and always has been. you have to pay your dues and get lucky and be really good. these things don't happen for everyone under the best of situations.
perhaps he needs to write even cheesier music to become more popular?
anyway.. i get the overall sentiment he's pushign here "support the stuff you like" all well and good.. great..
but you know.. sleeping on couches and living on $30 a day is only putting a toe in the water in the great vast sea that is paying your dues. be punk rock FFS. nut up and be a pro. no one wants to hear your problems.