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Old 10-15-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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Can you still live off playing in a band?

I always wanted to play in a band. now that I have the necessary stuff I finally can. I just have one question, can people still live off their music like they did in the 90's/80's/70's?
I live in the middle of Europe-Poland. Would it be possible?
EDIT:I don't mean having as much money as the members of Metallica or anything, just like for example Phil Anselmo or Ola Englund. You know, having a youtube account, earning money from that, and playing in a band, and so on.

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Old 10-15-2014, 02:36 PM   #2
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Define "live".

Are we talking making $9-30 an hour (more on the low end than the high end, btw)? If so, yes.

If you expect to make millions, then don't even bother.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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Define "live".

Are we talking making $9-30 an hour (more on the low end than the high end, btw)? If so, yes.

If you expect to make millions, then don't even bother.

By live, I mean like Ola Englund or Nergal from Behemoth. Besides, I'm sure it's possible to still earn milions, but it would be hard. Hell, Metallica did it, Megadeth did it, Van Halen did it. It's not impossible.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:31 PM   #4
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Did you just answer your own question?
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:35 PM   #5
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Did you just answer your own question?

Shit, I did. But I want other people's opinions on this topic.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #6
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You can get by living in a van. All your money will probably go to gas and food. Sometimes gigs will have places you can crash
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:51 PM   #7
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dam you can make 500 a night om weekends
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:21 PM   #8
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It's not a smart way to make money as a musician. Pretty much every band I know of has/had members with other jobs.
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Old 10-15-2014, 04:27 PM   #9
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It's not a smart way to make money as a musician. Pretty much every band I know of has/had members with other jobs.

How much money would someone earn who plays in festivals and is signed to small labels and shit?
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:01 PM   #10
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The lead singer of Wretched (a band with 90k likes on facebook, fairly popular) works construction doing something like 50-60 hours a week when he's not touring just to be able tour and have enough money to survive the tour. Realistically you won't be able to live only on tours and album releases unless you tour non stop or are a massive name band (which wouldn't be metal realistically).
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:25 PM   #11
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By live, I mean like Ola Englund or Nergal from Behemoth. Besides, I'm sure it's possible to still earn milions, but it would be hard. Hell, Metallica did it, Megadeth did it, Van Halen did it. It's not impossible.


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Old 10-15-2014, 07:40 PM   #12
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How much money would someone earn who plays in festivals and is signed to small labels and shit?

Not much.

The only people who can really make a living out of only playing shows and selling albums are people like Lady GaGa.
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Old 10-16-2014, 09:23 PM   #13
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Depending on how comfortably you want to live, and what kind of music you want to play, yeah, you totally can. But probably not in a way you want to do it. I know a few guys who support themselves entirely with gig money, and aren't even remotely famous or signed to labels or anything. They live in small apartments, or houses with roommates, and play 3-4 hour sets of all covers, a few nights a week, at casinos.
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:27 PM   #14
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Never use your music as a primary source of income, always have something else going on. If you "need" your musical career in order to get by you will make compromises, and compromises lead to shitty metal.
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Old 10-18-2014, 06:17 PM   #15
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Very unlikely
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Just live off your parents unless you plan world conquest of totalitarian capitalism like Euronymous with DSP.
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