Every single day, I could see this girl in the subway, looking at her phone with her big, open-sided headphones. She was listening to some new indie band’s music. I could hear it and it really sounds great. I’m a musician myself; I play guitar and compose my own music, and I say to myself that people like her is the key to spreading music.
I work as a writer for an advertising firm in the morning. My bandmates and I play gigs whenever we can. The scenes are small. Local city or town bars showcasing local talent including us. We get lucky being snagged along huge stages for significant corporate events with other big named bands. We look up to them and say that they’ve got the life.
But then again, I made the choice to compromise my passion and my need to fill my stomach and pay the rent. Working in the corporate world helps give me the income I need, but it also drains me the energy I have. We barely make anything playing in independent events. We get lucky if we manage to get some free food, or the organizers give us some $5 to split with each other. We’re very, very lucky if we get $30 too.
Sure, there’s the internet. There are a ton of ways to earn money from a music album through the internet. But then, you’ll need to invest in them too. I can’t pay at least $50 bucks to sell my album for now. I have to admit though that it is very good publicity.
If you’re living the life of a band in the 21st century, you could produce your album at home with made-more-affordable audio equipment at the ready. The Internet is there to give you pointers. You could record your performance on video and post it in the internet. But still, it only saturates the media already present.
With so many bands doing the same thing as you, earning $30 is already lucky, and the chances of making it big are very, very slim. This is why I still have a day job.