That! Is very, very annoyingbinnface wrote:But what gets me is the vast majority dont pay a band, even the popular bands any more than some bloke playing records through a third rate PA.
We had a similar discussion a while back and a much wiser man than me made this point:
I like to think about it in terms of angling. I have friends who are serious fishermen. They spend thousands on kit, get up at stupid hours of a weekend and are often away from thier families in shite weather for nothing more than the hope of landing a slightly larger fish than the one they caught last time. If it was all about the fish, they'd have given up a long time ago.
My 'hobby' means I spend the same kind of cash, the same (if not more) hours preparing and practicing and go through all the usual ball-aches associated with maintaining a cohesive unit of individuals. The Pay off? Getting to go to new places that I otherwise would have missed, occasionally making enough to pay the fuel and possibly a bag of chips. Experiencing a room full of people dancing around who've left any troubles outside for the 2 hours or so because we are on stage, hanging out with some brilliant people..oh...and BEING IN A FRIKKIN BAND!! WOO HOOO!! doesn't matter if you are Kieth Richards at Wembley or Billy noname at the Dog and Scrotum on a Tuesday, you're still living the dream my friend.
If you rely on music for your income, take solace in the fact that many people would give thier right bollock just to be able to play, let alone make any money. The reality for most is a meagre living, but you are doing something you love.
If you have a full time job (like me) try not to loose sight of the fact that as hobbies go...it's a pretty good, if not the best one in my opinion. The odd empty venue is a downer, but being able to get a gig at all was a dream in itself when I started learning to play in my bedroom with my mate Rob and a copy Exile on Main Street.
It's not really about the fish.
I've quoted him because I could never say it better myself