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#1
Is anyone here in a band trying to make it big, or know someone who is? Or at least, trying to make some sort of money out of it? Is it working out at all? If so, how much bank you guys making? Got a lot of support around you?

I'm not asking cuz I wanna do the same with my band, but I've got some friends out there who still think they can "make it big" and I'm wondering just how good the chances are, realistically, to have a band as the first source of income.

In b4 Seeneyj comes in here rolling in Oz. dough.
#2
I sure am not. probz cuz my music suuuckksss. Why don't you send me some cash eh?

be a good sport
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#3
Pretty sure there's virtually no money unless you're huge or tour well and often.
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I sure am not. probz cuz my music suuuckksss. Why don't you send me some cash eh?

be a good sport


Done.


#9
My last band charged $500 a show. We played every other week. It was the most successful I ever was with a band.
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#10
There's a guy I know who has is in an awful, awful band and they are based in Birmingham. Every so often they announce they are going on tour which consists of playing Stoke on Friday night, Nottingham on Saturday and then Birmingham on Sunday. Basically each gig is an hours drive at the most from where they live.

So they drive home from each gig and still act as though it's a proper tour, they come up with names and everything for each 'tour' it's hilarious.

So even if you don't make a lot of money from your band you could present yourselves as those guys do and look as though you're rolling in money 'touring' every weekend.
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My last band charged $500 a show. We played every other week. It was the most successful I ever was with a band.


So, that's what, 100 bucks each every other week?
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#12
I mean, I'm getting close to being able to afford a living playing music. . . but, making it big, I really don't feel that should be anybody's first goal in making money off music. Sure, some people might, but shit, not many are going to make it big, but plenty can make a living.
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So, that's what, 100 bucks each every other week?


Yeah. It was for fun, mostly. We owned all our own gear so there were no other expenses. We were all students or worked full time. I'm sure that if we wanted to make the decided effort to go at it full time we could have, but the whole lot of us didn't want to do a full time band, just the occasional weekend bar gig.
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#16
I read an article a while ago on how to make money as a Youtube guitarist. Definitely seems easier than a band. I'll try to dig it up.


EDIT: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-07-11/a-new-way-for-musicians-to-make-money-on-youtube


It's basically a plug for stuff like Adiam and CDBaby, but the interviews are alright.
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in five years my band has made about $50. which is nowhere close to what we've spent on printing CDs, hand painting shirts, equipment, etc. no one likes hardcore punk anymore.


You're either terrible at promoting yourselves, terrible at making music, or both. I've been in my current band for only 3 months and we've made like $200, despite the fact that we've only played two shows which we didn't promote at all. This is the first band I've been in that has made money, but its also the first one where I've really made any effort to do so.
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In b4 Seeneyj comes in here rolling in Oz. dough.


I love how Seeney hasn't posted here in over a year and people are still bitching about him.
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#28
Hey I already made this thread. Play weddings, play bars, spam spam spam, get in touch of labels. Thats all i learned thus far.
#29
Depends where you play I guess, we played at a friend bar a couple of times and he paid us like 200$ every time, which is not bad I guess.
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You're either terrible at promoting yourselves, terrible at making music, or both. I've been in my current band for only 3 months and we've made like $200, despite the fact that we've only played two shows which we didn't promote at all. This is the first band I've been in that has made money, but its also the first one where I've really made any effort to do so.


we're also all around ugly, you missed that part.

the problem is punk kids say we're metal, metal kids say we're punk and our songs are far too obtuse and short to get into. there aren't many people in ****in new hampshire who are into that kind of stuff. however, we did get invited to play someone's basement show in mexico one time.
#31
The whole business was built on selling hardware, not sure why people forget that. That's how RECORD labels made money and that's how artists made money (if they were smart and made good deals, like Metallica, they made shitloads off of each CD)

My prediction : once the CD dies out (and it's nearly there), 360 deals will be the norm and labels will ask bands to tour like hell and work like hell aka party's over, it's gonna be a like any job now. As it should be, selling 10 song CDs on the basis of 1 good single was a ripoff.

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#33
Depends what you mean by "make it big". I have no delusions of world tours, multi-millions, and playing the super bowl. But, I think it's possible to have success on a more regional/semi-national level and have music be a steady source of income, perhaps even a supplementary source of income to another job.
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we're also all around ugly, you missed that part.

the problem is punk kids say we're metal, metal kids say we're punk and our songs are far too obtuse and short to get into. there aren't many people in ****in new hampshire who are into that kind of stuff. however, we did get invited to play someone's basement show in mexico one time.



Man, you sound like every punk band from Milwaukee.
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#36
Quote by Philip_pepper

I'm not asking cuz I wanna do the same with my band, but I've got some friends out there who still think they can "make it big" and I'm wondering just how good the chances are, realistically, to have a band as the first source of income.



That's too vague a question. You mention "making it big" but also want to know "realistically, to have a band as the first source of income."

How much money are you talking about?

You can have a band as a first source of income without ever "making it big".

Some people would be thrilled to be earning $25,000 a year on gigging.
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#37
Here is the big question though if you were approached to sign would you? OR given that someone was wanting to get you signed you decide to be self managed?
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#39
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we actually got ourselves played on a punk radio show out there. the pit i believe it's called.

Yeah, on WMSE, the engineering college radio station. I'm familiar.
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#40
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Hey I already made this thread. Play weddings, play bars, spam spam spam, get in touch of labels. Thats all i learned thus far.


cant really do that in my BRUTAL ****ING DOOM METAL SLUDGE DOOM BAND METAL YEH?????
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