#1
Do you guys think nowadays it takes a lot of talent to be a successful musician? I've HEARD that a lot of today's bands really aren't THAT awesome live and that a lot of studio mixing goes a long way.

Do you think you have to be able to sing well to successful? Or play your instrument like an elitist?

Personally, I'll be the first to admit, I'm below average on guitar, and I definitely need to take singing lessons. Nonetheless, it hasn't stopped me from selling my merch. I think a lot of it has to do with the content of what you have to offer and the image you present to your audience.
#2
if its simple, catchy and th recording sounds good than its popular. Also i think good looks are important as well. And all my favorite bands are well below popular. So yes its very easy as you need no talent.
#3
Yes and no. If you plan on being about for a long time you need to know your stuff and be good at it. You don't need to be able to sing well, just have a different or distinct voice. I can't sing for **** but I aint heard anyone like me so am happy
#4
I dont think u have to be a awesome musician, just a decent one, your creativity in your image and writing is what matters.
#5
It should take a lot of talent to become successful. But, when you look at someone like amy winehouse, apparently it doesn't. Christ, some of the bands at my school are better than her...
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#6
It's the song writing that counts. Most mainstream songs are simple and catchy. Also Joeval, since you seem a bit narrow-minded, talent is in different forms. Sometimes a horrible singer can sound awesome to another singer, and vice versa.
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#7
well, it would be easier with alot of talent because you could play whatever tune is in your head and not think 'damn, it may be the most awesome tune ever, but i cant play it'

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Do you guys think nowadays it takes a lot of talent to be a successful musician? I've HEARD that a lot of today's bands really aren't THAT awesome live and that a lot of studio mixing goes a long way.

Do you think you have to be able to sing well to successful? Or play your instrument like an elitist?

Personally, I'll be the first to admit, I'm below average on guitar, and I definitely need to take singing lessons. Nonetheless, it hasn't stopped me from selling my merch. I think a lot of it has to do with the content of what you have to offer and the image you present to your audience.


Interesting. I assume you are measuring success in a commercial sense i.e. dollars and popularity. In which case, No, you don't have to be a talented musician to make money in music e.g. Jessica Simpson. You could be average or even below average but with the right commercial hook and bunch of luck and make millions. e.g. KISS, Marilyn Manson.

I do like to think every once in a while talent prevails but that seems to happen less and less since the 70's died. There's still just as many talented people but commercialism rules and music is second to commercial viability and taking a punt. I think that may be changing...slowly and there is hope on the horizon. Personally I don't like Amy Winehouse but she has got soul and talent. She and others are bringing something back to mainstream music that seems to have been missing for a while. She definitely aint The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, or Jessica Simpson that's for sure.

Given that you don't have to be the most talented musician to "make it" I ask you - would you rather be a talented musical genius barely making ends meet but after you die you become the most revered musical mastermind for the next two hundred years, or a commercially successful musician today whose music people look back on in ten years and laugh at the fact they actually liked it?
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Given that you don't have to be the most talented musician to "make it" I ask you - would you rather be a talented musical genius barely making ends meet but after you die you become the most revered musical mastermind for the next two hundred years, or a commercially successful musician today whose music people look back on in ten years and laugh at the fact they actually liked it?



It depends on the circumstances of my life personally. If being commercially successful pays for my family and I to have a happy life, and I'm doing something I enjoy while I'm alive, I don't care what people think later on. Now, if I'm a bachelor, a lazy bum, and just somehow ambitious, like I am now, then I'd rather my mark be left on history as something epic.
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Interesting. I assume you are measuring success in a commercial sense i.e. dollars and popularity. In which case, No, you don't have to be a talented musician to make money in music e.g. Jessica Simpson. You could be average or even below average but with the right commercial hook and bunch of luck and make millions. e.g. KISS, Marilyn Manson.

I do like to think every once in a while talent prevails but that seems to happen less and less since the 70's died. There's still just as many talented people but commercialism rules and music is second to commercial viability and taking a punt. I think that may be changing...slowly and there is hope on the horizon. Personally I don't like Amy Winehouse but she has got soul and talent. She and others are bringing something back to mainstream music that seems to have been missing for a while. She definitely aint The Spice Girls, Britney Spears, or Jessica Simpson that's for sure.

Given that you don't have to be the most talented musician to "make it" I ask you - would you rather be a talented musical genius barely making ends meet but after you die you become the most revered musical mastermind for the next two hundred years, or a commercially successful musician today whose music people look back on in ten years and laugh at the fact they actually liked it?


Bingo.

The sad truth is the most talented musicians rarely make much, if any, money.

It's that way for lots of things, honestly.

What matters to become a "successful" musician is business sense and luck. Musician and businessman really don't go together too well, because one is very artistic, and one is very realistic. It's rare to meet someone with an abundance of skill in both areas.
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