Question of the Week: Why Do Bands Still Do This?

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?

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Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

5 Comments to “Question of the Week: Why Do Bands Still Do This?”

  1. I just want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to the bands out there. It’s a huge sacrifice touring and driving all the time, and it’s not lost on me. I love music, and your contributions are amazing. Keep up the hard work, and if you ever need any help with anything, I’d be more than willing to help.

  2. This is why I bring snacks to bands at every show I go to. Even if it’s a box of Cheez-its or Oreos. I try to find out what they like before I go, but sometimes I just wing it. I brought a whole cooler of yogurt to Family Force 5 last week. Yes, I know I am crazy…

  3. I think bands are bands because they love what they do, and are good at what they love doing! And if they are Christians, the bulk of the bands that have been around long enough (Third Day, Newsboys, Delirious? are/were around 20 years or so…); are called to being bands by God, so God would put whatever things in place to make sure the band would succeed. That’s my take on it anyway! Some bands are only here for a season, and that’s ok, as each have their own place, and their own core group of people they want to and/or God has called them to minister to. If a band’s lifespan is 2 years, if it is 20-30 years, then that’s what it is. Obviously if a band’s still going, they think that they still can reach people with their message and purpose!. And if they’ve been around for ages, it’s been proven that their method of live shows and their certain genre on their albums works!

  4. I’d do it in a second. Honestly, I’d rather be in a band that gets to perform a lot and gets to spread the Gospel and has to live in a van with almost no money than work in a cubicle. Performing is what I love; so doing anything else would not be as enjoyable. I wouldn’t be comfortable with myself. It’s justified because it is doing what I am called to do.

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