#1
Ok I have been a serious busker for many years and started out as a duo making approximately $140 ($70 each) for a 4 hour session and went acoustic with amps. Then unfortunaltely my busking mate put pleasure before business and rocked up pissed and stoned too many times and i had to let him go. but the good news is as scared as i was approaching the street by myself armed with my Takamine acoustic was to play alone!

I did 4 hours and made $140 by myself so this inspired me to start my solo busking journey and i have never looked back... I make better money today (for 10 hours on the weekend) then what a lot of people working 9-5 jobs mon-fri! At the stage i am at now with my busking if i earnt $140 for 4 -5 hours it would be ok but not very good (this would not stop me from busking!). The most I have ever made for a 5 hour busking session was $880 for 5 hours and I wonder what has been your personal best??? The strange thing is on that night the time flew and it was a great crowd/atmosphere. Other nights i busted my back playing good music and did not earn very much.

So apart from this great one off income, I average $500 for 10hours on the weekend ($2000 per month). I have bought so much gear (some of my guitars in my profile) that my garage is chockers with bloody everything i need plus want. Anyway wanted to share that with you and hopefully meet other buskers in here.

cheers
shaggs
#3
Dude. You're old!

Seriously though.

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Uh.
right on?
McLovin is my hero!

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It's the coming.
#4
i made $7 two days ago, $1 today. Split between two people thats $4 each. 2 hours of work.

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#5
OH

MY

GOD


You are so impressive, I just can't comprehend your impressive-ness.

Your ball-sack must be so huge from all that god-like impressive-ness you're storing in there.


*SARCASM OVERLOAD*
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#7
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Dude. You're old!

Seriously though.

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Uh.
right on?


cheers bro age and death is something everyone has to face (i consider myself lucky to be my age (38) as others do not get the opportunity for one reason or another...) and for some people wisdom does come also with age... enjoy while it lasts and make the most of every day as life is only gonna getter fuller, more complex and harder! Have a great day and Godbless!

cheers
shaggs
Last edited by shaggz at Sep 15, 2008,
#8
you in brisbane?

where and when do you busk cose i might've seen you before!

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#9
Sweet where do you live?
I'm in Melbourne and you need busking permits here, and it's just not worth it anymore.
I do it on trains occasionally, but it's not the same.
I love white guitars!
#10
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#13
Quote by Shredder XXX
OH

MY

GOD


You are so impressive, I just can't comprehend your impressive-ness.

Your ball-sack must be so huge from all that god-like impressive-ness you're storing in there.


*SARCASM OVERLOAD*


now thats an interesting topic (ballsacs) and the chicks I meet as a busker and if only you new how lucky i get also to...well lets just say they dont stay huge for very long... i get a lot of blokes hanging about whilst busking cause of the chicks that hang out with me... but thats off the topic.

cheers
shaggs
#16
Quote by Aftertime
you in brisbane?

where and when do you busk cose i might've seen you before!

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i move around fair bit mate.

cheers
shaggs
#17
Quote by Aftertime
you in brisbane?

where and when do you busk cose i might've seen you before!

i


i get around a fair bit mate and cant say where the places i frequent otherwise busking will become a nightmare for me and you ... best thing is to get out there and start trying different places which is suited to your style of music...some capital ciites in australia have really crap laws and really need to review them to accomodate guitarists especially and what it all boils down to is council workers (not muso's making laws for muso's) and decibells and i say "why cant we have amps whilst a trumpet, sax player is loud as hell with out an amp" its really unfair and an acoustic guitar is very limiting...goodluck in your search for the ultimate busking spot!

cheers
shaggs
Last edited by shaggz at Sep 15, 2008,
#18
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that's great. What kind of music are you playing?


i'm old school through and through bro and rock, metal and blues is my specialisation!

cheers
shaggs
#19
I go busking in sydney occasionally in some quieter spots playing acoustic with a friend. We make about $50 for an hour or two between us.
#20
Quote by Tire Me.
2000$ a month is amazing for a street performer.


yeah mate i love busking and check my harley out in my profile, i have bought several other things to like cars, gold jewellery, amps, guitars, music books galore, bedroom suite from cananda, dirt bikes for meself and kids have everything they could ever wish for and i live in australia, paid my way through a masters degree etc...i mean i'm not a millionaire but i have enough to live very comfortably (plus i work fulltime at the moment and do pay taxes), also from busking and i believe if you have talent and can busk and earn money to buy things you always wanted it can be done with some basic busking knowledge and i plan to write busking book at some stage and get a few original cds happening and also some covers stuff to put in me case...i just dont know whether people would buy a busking book and its a bit of a gamble but what have I got to loose...Also i know there are guitarists out there who are younger, way better then me and in bands earning peanuts and all for what??? fame...fortune...for some... but its not my scene (i have done it) and funnily enough many of these so called real muso's (and theres ton of em), not street scum performers like myself (as there body language indicates) will soon look down on you as they push there marshall stack past you (in which they are paying for for the next 5 yrs) and there bustin there guts (rehearsals, soundchecks and crap venues with crap audiences, personality clashes etc) in a music industry which will steer them away from real music, and they end up producing commerciallised garbage i hear cranking out of the local pub/night club... all i have to do is charge me battery and load me trolley up and hit the street and i have way more fun, less stress, meet heaps of chicks, make heaps of money, rehearse when i feel like or use a busking session to learn something new and generally enjoy life! I also know buskers who are the best performers i have ever seen live and there on the street (they have skill, character, good sound, great voices etc)...I know what i want out of my musical carrer so stay tuned and have great day!

cheers
shaggs
Last edited by shaggz at Sep 15, 2008,
#21
I would totally buy that book if you made one! There's so little information about busking around, especially stuff like song choices and things like that..

by the way man, how many songs do you have in your repertoire? I gotta learn some stuff that's appropriate for busking if I wanna go out and play on the street.