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    Inspiring Messages From Working Musicians

    Repost from SonicBids Blog {http://blog.sonicbids.com/14-honest-inspiring-lessons-for-working-musicians-by-working-musicians]

    1. Dave Grohl – Play live as much as you can

    “Just play live. Honestly, if you’re good at what you do, people will recognize that. I really believe it. I really believe that going out and playing good songs live as a great live band will make you successful. I really think it will, it doesn’t matter if you’re at the shithole down the street or you’re on the side stage at Bonnaroo or you’re headlining Lollapalooza. If you’re a great band with great songs, people will notice it. That’s it, that’s all it is, it’s that simple. Fuck product placement and fuckin’ labels and A&R people and all that bullshit – it doesn’t fuckin’ matter, I swear to God, it doesn’t matter…. But you’ve got to be bad ass, you’ve just got to be really good. It’s the other things that make up for your musical inability.”

     

    1. Moby – Diversify

    “Musicians are making money in wildly different ways than they did 15 years ago, and it’s more important than ever that artists have a number of different music-related skills so they’ll have an easier time piecing together a good living. Here’s the reasoning: if you do something you hate and have success, you’ll still hate it; if you do something you hate and fail, all the worse; if you do something you love and fail, at least you did something you loved; if you do something you love and succeed, double win.

    1. Lindsey Sterling – Love yourself

    Increase your confidence in your self-worth and in your ability to contribute good things to the world.”

     

    1. Thelonious Monk – It’s about quality, not quantity

    “Just because you’re not a drummer doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep time. Pat your foot and sing the melody in your head when you play. Stop playing all those weird notes (that noodly bullshit) – play the melody! Don’t play everything, and don’t play every time. Let some things go by. Let some music just be imagined. What you don’t play can be more important than what you do play.”

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