At some point, you would think that we’d all wise up to what decade we’re in.
To be in a band in this day and age means you’re probably either really rich (if you’re selling out stadiums) or really poor (living from cup of noodles to cup of noodles in a van with a bunch of smelly dudes.
If you’re in the former category, you probably shouldn’t be complaining all that much about the current state of the business (though some will anyway) because even if you could be richer, no one wants to hear about how you aren’t as rich as you want to be.
If you’re in the latter category, it amazes me that you still do it.
If you’re in your twenties and you’re worried about being in a business where your work can be stolen so easily, well, you should have known that going into the business, because it’s been happening the same way since the 90′s. That isn’t an endorsement of the practice, it’s just a known problem.
If you’re worried because you’re in a business that involves a heavy road schedule, where you don’t get any sleep and you don’t get to take showers and you spend your nights driving hundreds of miles with disgusting gas prices making you sick and wheels flying off on the side of the road and guitars getting stolen from your trailer, well, you’re in good company, because every other small to medium sized band is going through that too.
But bands know all this, right? They know that being in a band is not generally a great plan for making a living, unless you get a big push from a big label, and if you don’t get in on it early, you probably never will, and if you do, you probably can’t sustain it.
So why do bands still do it?
I can only guess that they love what they do. Why do you think they do it? Would you do it if you had the chance?