fisherman bob wrote:There's no money to be made performing real music,...
Not many people agree on what that actually is
The world is a much more fractured and integrated place than it used to be. There are an infinite amount of "music worlds" on the planet with knowledge increasing like it has.
So it's just a glut of music, making it a buyer's market. An act has to be spectacularly unique and/or shocking (Gaga?) to be noticed en-masse in the mass-media realm anymore.
Or you can ignore what media says is "cool", make your own reality, and serve the needs of a local community. I assume there is still a need for people to sing the blues in Kansas City, but that crowd has also been fractured so again it's a matter of competing for the entertainment dollars of party-goers. You're either doing what they want and getting paid for it, or doing what you want and hopefully having fun and covering gas money until that becomes what an audience wants from you.
That was what I was pointing out when I talked about the Polish guy who DJ'd and played guitar for kareoke bar on nights his band wasn't playing (which is most nights!).
He does exactly what the audience wants on those nights and gets paid much better than when he plays with his band, and it allows him to sing & play guitar almost every night of the week in front of an audience...which is what a musician loves to do, right?
He is a full-time musician making great money but that got him a lot of sanctimonious criticism from the semi-pro bunch around here because it's beneath them to serve an audience. Don't know who originally said, "Give 'em what they want" but that shouldn't be a marketing secret to people who wish to be employed as musicians.
I'm not directing statement at you, ok? Just saying that it has always been a trade off in the arts to please current tastes versus creating something new/different.
It's just like investing everything into a business and lifting it into reality. It takes time, work, and commitment. A band is like a partnership and everyone wants to get "paid" something whether it's attention, pleasure, or cash.