I am a bass player, expert, not a songwriter, not a frontman, not a rockstar (well, I try a bit). I am in a band of players with equal skills, and we have great fun at what we do, and we feel we are filling a niche.
But we are not the next BIG thing, we just want to make a bloody living out of our fingers. Some of you would probably be horrified at the prospect of playing, say Brown Eyed Girl, for the rest of your life. Fine. but that is what I do. And I genuinley love all the classics I do.
I am a product of the 70's, and very proud of it. From Bad Company to Yes, I know a great deal of it. Recent stuff is, frankly ,not a stretch. My band has great goals, which certainly include making a living out of it, and we work hard at playing resorts and working on our following. Pics, graphic art, networking, it all takes time and effort.
I just have one bit of advice for you youngsters, learn a bit of engineering.What do watts mean, gain, ohms, how to get the most out of the least. Not easy, the good gear is not cheap, but if you are in it for the long run, do your research.