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Is it true that bands in the death metal scene in general don't make a lot of money? I'm guessing they have other jobs to live off of. Or do they usually live with the money they make off the DM band?
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If you want to earn a living playing music. Don't play Death Metal.

Only a select few DM bands can, and they're the big ones. Even then they still aren't rolling in it.
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#4
It's true to say that 90% of bands don't make their entire living from music. Period. No genre boundaries; just hard touring for little money unless you manage to make it huge.
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#5
For the most part yes... I respect the musicians in death metal, they usually make little to no money by not selling out and playing the music they truely love...
#6
I'd believe it. Melodeath is gaining a lot of popularity, but there isn't a whole lot of room for brutal death.
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I would guess they don't make THAT much (in relativity to mainstream music bands), but they gotta be getting somethin.
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I would guess they don't make THAT much (in relativity to mainstream music bands), but they gotta be getting somethin.


You may be suprised. I heard that after a recent tour, Shadow's Fall were flat broke, and they are a Grammy nominated band.
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#9
If you're a good enough musician you can be in a touring death metal band and be a hired studio musician on the side to make ends meet. You won't be rich and famous, but you're not making the same kind of music as Nickleback.
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#10
Tony Lazaro fixes apartments for a living, Dave Suzuki is a graphics printer. Lord Marco used to work at a fast food restaurant, regular full time job. The black dahlia murder JUST started making profits, and they still have trouble eating. Cannibal Corpse, Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Opeth are making enough where they are comfortable, and can afford awesome recordings, but they arent stinkin rich like pop stars.
#11
Because a label is willing to throw good amounts of money at a band to record the album, the album can have great quality and the band still might be living off frozen food. It's pretty lame. But, if you care enough about playing then it won't matter.

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I would guess they don't make THAT much (in relativity to mainstream music bands), but they gotta be getting somethin.

Not really man. I hate to say it, but it really takes a ton of work to get anywhere. I think Cannibal Corpse are the highest payed death metal band around, and they get like....$30,000 each a year.
About average working wage.
If you end up signed to a label like Metal Blade or Roadrunner, you can normally get enough support to live, but you won't be like....Metallica big.
#12
I read that Matt Wilcock from Akercocke and the Bezerker works with those bands, teaches guitar, and works from 9-5 as a mortitian (the most death metal job ever), so that's a lot of freaking work and I bet he doesn't have a mansion either. Death metal takes some dedication.
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I read that Matt Wilcock from Akercocke and the Bezerker works with those bands, teaches guitar, and works from 9-5 as a mortitian (the most death metal job ever), so that's a lot of freaking work and I bet he doesn't have a mansion either. Death metal takes some dedication.

All I could think there was

Eh, I think Matt Wilcock's a pretty cool guy. Teaches guitar, doesn't afraid of anything.



But yeah, no one in The Berzerker is making any money haha. And I doubt Akercocke are living in mansions. You really do have to get a good label and a good amount of touring support to even live well off of it.

Not "metal", BUT, Buzz from Unearth has said that right up until their last album in 06, he was working as a cleaner in a high school just so he could make ends meet at home.
#14
No they do not make much at all. Death metal (specifically brutal death) is still a very underground movement. Death metal doesn't appeal to mainstream tastes at all, and only a select few do like it(in the general public). Brutal Death may one day be popular like Thrash was for a time, but it will never ever roll in the kind of money that say, metallica has(the sellouts). Its just too brutal and heavy for the average person, ie too "noisy" for them.
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You may be suprised. I heard that after a recent tour, Shadow's Fall were flat broke, and they are a Grammy nominated band.


Not to mention a very mainstream metal band...that have sold almost about 500,000 records....being a musician sure does suck.(economically)

It's all about the passion, because in order to make the money, alot of the passion must go away in the form of mainstream record company ass-kissing...
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Yeah, people keep telling me that if things like MTV spam it everyone, people will like anything, but to me, brutal death metal just isn't that "likeable" to the regular mainstream fan. They aren't gonna go from +44 or My Chemical Romance to Nile, just cause MTV says they should.
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All I could think there was

Eh, I think Matt Wilcock's a pretty cool guy. Teaches guitar, doesn't afraid of anything.



But yeah, no one in The Berzerker is making any money haha. And I doubt Akercocke are living in mansions. You really do have to get a good label and a good amount of touring support to even live well off of it.

Not "metal", BUT, Buzz from Unearth has said that right up until their last album in 06, he was working as a cleaner in a high school just so he could make ends meet at home.


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I'd believe it. Melodeath is gaining a lot of popularity, but there isn't a whole lot of room for brutal death.


That's most likely because Melodeath is more widely accepted and easier to listen to. I guess it's like comparing new In Flames to Regurgitate or TDEBN.
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true I am in a death metal band and we def dont make ****. the only bands i can think of like that are Bodom Amon Amarth and slayer. i mean i dont give a ahit really personally yeah money would be nice but i like bustin ass
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#28
Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Behemoth...
Those three make enough to live on.
Bodom would make a good amount cause they're more accessble
Amon, I doubt make much
Slayer make tons, but they aren't death and they've been around 25 odd years.
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It's true to say that 90% of bands don't make their entire living from music. Period. No genre boundaries; just hard touring for little money unless you manage to make it huge.

Where'd you get 90% from?

I really doubt 10% of bands make enough money to live on. Making money with music is extrememly difficult.
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Is it true that bands in the death metal scene in general don't make a lot of money? I'm guessing they have other jobs to live off of. Or do they usually live with the money they make off the DM band?



I'm pretty sure that's true. I mean, they're not rap stars. They play the music they play because they like it, not for the big bucks. If they wanted to make a lot of money, then they would probably just go join Fall Out Boy or some crappy rap band.
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#31
Well I'm guessing dating isn't exactly easy for them either

Girl:So what do you do for a living?

Man:Well I'm in a brutal death metal band called Choking Hands of Death

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I'm pretty sure that's true. I mean, they're not rap stars. They play the music they play because they like it, not for the big bucks. If they wanted to make a lot of money, then they would probably just go join Fall Out Boy or some crappy rap band.

And how do you know that rap stars don't like rapping?


Mikael Åkerfeldt worked in a record store until Deliverance, when he made enough to live off of it. But that was maybe because Opeth started touring more.

Jari Mäenpää is flat broke, since he doesn't have a dayjob. But Wintersun are hardly straight death metal.
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You may be suprised. I heard that after a recent tour, Shadow's Fall were flat broke, and they are a Grammy nominated band.

yeah and in an interview the singer from job for a cowboy said he was completely broke too. said he had been wearing hte same shoes for like a month
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yeah and in an interview the singer from job for a cowboy said he was completely broke too. said he had been wearing hte same shoes for like a month

Oh my god, a whole month?
Though I am pretty sure he is not exactly raking it in.
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Metal is very hard to market, unless you sell out and have music videos on MTV. (Bodom, Slipknot, Metallica, etc.) That's part of it though, you make sacrifices for the music!
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Oh my god, a whole month?
Though I am pretty sure he is not exactly raking it in.

haha, I thought about commenting on that too. I can afford shoes, but I usually just own one pair and wear them for atleast a year or so. not because I don't have the money to buy new ones, just because I don't see the point in buying a new pair of shoes every month (unless you somehow destroy them). I don't know how the shoe comment is an example of low income for death metallers, but yeah. I don't wanna turn this into a discussion about shoes. so anyways, I think a good example is chuck schuldiner's death. death (the band) was very successful and popular in the scene, but when it came down to his health issues he didn't even have the money to pay for his treatment, not even after all those years with the band. his family put in as much as they could too and it still wasn't enough. this probably isn't the best example since surgery and treatment and all that stuff is pretty expensive, but still, the average person would think that a guy that popular and successful wouldn't have much of a problem paying for it. R.I.P. Chuck.
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And how do you know that rap stars don't like rapping?


Mikael Åkerfeldt worked in a record store until Deliverance, when he made enough to live off of it. But that was maybe because Opeth started touring more.

Jari Mäenpää is flat broke, since he doesn't have a dayjob. But Wintersun are hardly straight death metal.



I just meant that most well-known rap stars are in the mainstream and making quite a bit of money.
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Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Behemoth...
Those three make enough to live on.
Bodom would make a good amount cause they're more accessble
Amon, I doubt make much
Slayer make tons, but they aren't death and they've been around 25 odd years.



i read somewhere that slayer was making about 90.000 a year in 1990, definitely enough to live on
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So how many record mut you sell, how many gigs must you do to live a life with a normal income? Too earn as much money as a guy who works in a storage room ro something like that.

Can anyone name a band that you think is living a normal life (money wise), not rich just normal.
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