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Okay, so we all know if you want to make it big in the music world, you usually have to bring something new to the table while still being accessible enough to appeal to the masses. So what are the genres that you will have a VERY slim chance of getting anywhere playing?

I'm thinking: Prog metal, technical death metal, deathcore, grindcore.

Anyone else?
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S!C-core, people just aren't capable of understanding yet.
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#5
Probably reggae, I'd say.
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Surely whether the music is good or not is more important than the genre.

This is my thought. I mean, I guarantee there's a market for any type of music. The issue is whether your music is good or not.
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You're all stupid. Noise is clearly the proper response to this prompt.
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Any sort of Metal.

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Okay, so we all know if you want to make it big in the music world, you usually have to bring something new to the table while still being accessible enough to appeal to the masses. So what are the genres that you will have a VERY slim chance of getting anywhere playing?

I'm thinking: Prog metal, technical death metal, deathcore, grindcore.

Anyone else?

you may be right about grindcore but the others are just not right

prog metal, tech death and deathcore are big genres, and in the case of the first two the fanbase is generally on the lookout for new and interesting bands

donno about deathcore, but i think what you really need to be big in that scene is a hot singer
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Banjo Thrashcore is probably the hardest.
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#19
I was kind of serious about the metal part, earlier. I have two friends that make money playing guitar. One's a session guy, and the other plays in a country band. Country cover bands and classic rock cover bands make bank. Studio stuff can also make you money if you're always available and always recording.

The thing is, though, metal bands almost never need session guys. They're usually self funded and self distributed. It's hard for metal bands to get picked up on labels.

I sessioned as a bassist around the Madison/Milwaukee area. Almost never played with a metal band, or met any that got past their album in the studio towards a bigger deal. Some were really good, too, but the problem with metal is that it all sounds sort of same-y. Most genre's do, but it's really hard to stand out as a metal band to people who don't normally listen to metal.

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Tell that to the guy that blows jazz sax on State Street in Madison, WI. He comes away with a hundo every night he plays for 3-4 hours.

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#20
Whatever you play, TS.
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#21
anything that's cliche/unoriginal, or cybergrind/pornogrind (like SpermSwamp)


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I was kind of serious about the metal part, earlier.

The thing is, though, metal bands almost never need session guys. They're usually self funded and self distributed. It's hard for metal bands to get picked up on labels.

Most genre's do, but it's really hard to stand out as a metal band to people who don't normally listen to metal.

No offense, but you can replace Metal with "Punk", "Rock", etc. and still have those statements be completely true. It all depends on the area and so on.
#27
I think no matter what you play the chances of you getting anywhere i so minimal its unbelievable. It sounds very discouraging and negative I know, but its the truth and I don't need to have been trying professionally for 10+ years to tell you that.

What is success to you anyway? Finance or satisfaction? You can be satisfied with what you do even if you're not earning big amounts or getting the recognition you think you deserve.

If you take music as a profession then its an industry and you're lucky if you're accepted into the business, and even luckier if you don't need to be accepted.

If you never try you'll never know, all I'm saying.
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rap.

****in simple music anyone can make. it's just talking over some shitty computer-generated drums and piano. they don't even play instruments, so they aren't musicians. they can't really be called "artists" either because they do not make art.
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rap.

****in simple music anyone can make. it's just talking over some shitty computer-generated drums and piano. they don't even play instruments, so they aren't musicians. they can't really be called "artists" either because they do not make art.
do you think van gogh would have been successful if he just painted pictures of money, *****s, and shoes? no he wouldn't have. he made true art.


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#35
Any proggy stuff rarely ever gets popular (but still well-respected).
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#36
It's all about supply and demand. There are certain genres that have a very large demand, but a very large supply as well. This would be stuff like "pop" music. On the other hand, there are some types of music with very low demand, but very low supply. This would be stuff like very niche styles of music, particularly in EDM and extreme metal.

As a result, even though more bands make it playing pop than say brutal death metal, there isn't necessarily a higher chance of success.

Really though, genre isn't as important as instrument. Playing upright bass for example is not particularly common, so a skilled upright bassist will have a comparatively easier time finding constant work playing jazz, rockabilly, bluegrass, etc.

This is even more true with incredibly niche instruments like pedal steel guitar. This goes back to my first point as well. While there is a very low demand for pedal steel guitar (an ever decreasing demand in pop "country" and a still continuous demand in contemporary country (alt country and murder swing, for example) as well as more traditional country acts), but there is an even smaller number of skilled players around, so a proficient steeler will always be able to find work.

And of course location is very important. Most large cities have decent scenes for most genres, though some are more famous for certain genres. Some major music cities in the US for example are LA, NYC, Chicago, St Louis, Austin, Kansas City, Nashville, New Orleans, Detroit, etc.

Also "music career" is extremely vague.

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Any proggy stuff rarely ever gets popular (but still well-respected).


This.

Prog-metal and such.
#38
Presently, I would say jazz. And I think TS means mainstream as in the household name bands such as RHCP, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, etc. I would say any genre that has only caters to a select group (prog) is going to have a tough time finding mainstream success.
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#39
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This.

Prog-metal and such.

I don't respect prog-metal.

Any prog past Rush is pointless. Rush were gay and killed it, but at least some people can let it rest. It had its heyday and now it's just another silly, recycled, derivative ghost of what it once was.
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Damn, I was expecting some legitimate Hayseed Dixie type bluegrass picking rather than 3rd rate clawhammer.


Idk, I wasn't really serious with that post
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