Ok…So… why are you here?
Hanging out in the yard is fine. My yard is very nice, actually:)
I honestly don’t have a problem with that!
In fact, going out to play a concert always makes me worry too much, and I quickly begin to miss the peace and quiet of my yard.
Ambition is basically desire for stuff I don’t have, and if I attach too much meaning to that, it tends to make me miserable.
So instead of running after ambition, fame, sex, drugs, money and all that, I try to let go of it instead. Letting go of desire. Freeing my mind from worry in the process. The Buddhist approach. Perhaps you should try it sometime:)
Whether we like it or not the music we do make is a commodity for consumption. I understand how some people like having a boss, and money to sustain their lifestyle of leisure free production. It’s just for me, sustaining myself with my music is an amazing aspiration.
But I guess my upcoming generation of producers is just more capitalistic than the prior ones. Now due to the internet, everything is becoming decentralized. You really only need 1000 fans at this point to keep you sustained.
To people saying you need to be in the right place at the right time, that may have been how it was before. However if your music is good you will get labels asking for you to sign. There’s is so much demand for new artists and Electronica has so much room for growth. The internet gives you that power. Luck doesn’t just happen, you create the opportunities for it to occur.
I respect those who feel they can make music for the sake art. However for me, I’m emotionally attached to the development of my craft, and me expecting compensation from my work, is just how I value things.
I have to disagree from experience. I have sent off work (more than once) that label A&R has come back saying “this is awesome but we can’t release it”. Good music doesn’t sell, music that sells sells. If what you’re doing and what you love happens to be salable, then you can start to worry about building a fanbase and such. It’s for that reason that I pivoted from ambient (which I’d really just started to click with) to early 90s house. All I can bank on now, musically, is that when that nostalgia wave rolls by I can hop onto it and ride that a few years.
That’s a part of why I took the gig helping to run things around here. We’re set up as a nonprofit and have almost no expenses to cover, so I don’t have to be concerned with selling our music. I just have to find cool stuff to put out.
_Whether we like it or not the music we do make is a commodity for consumption.
Music doesn’t have to be a commercial commodity. Examples of this could be religious/ritualistic music, or simply playing music with your friends. Making it a commodity is a choice (and a perfectly acceptable choice if that’s what you want)
I understand how some people like having a boss, and money to sustain their lifestyle of leisure free production.
Having a boss is not the only alternative to being a musician. You can be “your own boss” in most crafts.
But I guess my upcoming generation of producers is just more capitalistic than the prior ones.
I don’t know why you’d say that. Commercialism has always played a major role in the music business (that’s literaly what the word “business” means). Travelling bands of independant musicians, performing for money or goods, have existed since ancient times.
You really only need 1000 fans at this point to keep you sustained.
If your fans are loaded, you only need one;)