Hey, I have a band too, and our stuff is great but we aren't getting anywhere either. What I think is, you should focus on making quality music and
realize that even if you affect the life of just one individual, you could be the world to them.
Our band has a few fans that listen to our stuff all the time. These days, mainstream music isn't worth listening to, anyway - so you might as well
not bother. I would recommend working on the local scene, becoming popular at local venues, building a fan base and enjoying the comrades and fans you
make along the way. Probably much more fulfilling.
Also, I think it is important to be self-sufficient - we record our own songs, mix our own songs, have a cheap hook-up for mastering, set up our own
shows, distribute digitally online and produce our own music videos. Try to work in this direction, if you can.
If you want any tips on recording, mixing, playing shows, distributing your album yourself, etc. feel free to U2U me.
These are tips I have learned to help me survive emotionally in the music industry. I hope they help. By the way, I've been working at this for 10
years and am just now about to emerge as a major player on the local scene.
Still, I don't see anything wrong with wanting to achieve something with your life at all. I think it is an important driving force for societal
advancement. But remember - the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. So just think about the seeds you are planting now, and how they might come
to fruition in the future.
Oh, and listen to Calstorm. She knows what she's talking about.
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