I am a musician myself. I’m a singer, I play piano and guitar. But I’m not in a band anymore. Why? Because I hate everyone else who is a musician. Please note, I’m talking about most AMATEUR “musicians”. People who are completely deluded and irritating basically.
There are several reasons for my point of view, I’m sure many industry professionals will agree, but Musicians are just a pain in the ass to work with. The thing is these days, anyone can pick up a guitar and call themselves a musician; anyone can walk into a pub and get a gig; HA anyone that owns a fucking tambourine can call themselves a musician apparently. So basically, the average industry professional will have to deal with an average asshole with an inflated sense of importance and a bad attitude just because they can strum a few chords.
Something that I find amazing is the lack of industry knowledge that Musicians have. The amount of times I have had to explain how royalty collections and publishing work to someone who claims to have been a session musician/in a famous band/[insert lie here] is actually insane. How do you become an ‘expert’ in your field without knowledge of the actual business itself? The problem is that, most musicians aren’t actually that passionate about music. If they were, they would search the web, pick up a book and learn everything there was to know.
To make matters even worse, many musicians (singers and guitarists especially), seem to think they are going to be the next Hendrix. This arrogant attitude gets boring really really quickly and no-one will want to work with you. I’ve also found that many musicians tend to be pathological liars so they can feed their own ego by telling MASSIVE lies about tours they’ve been on…etc.etc. Just…why? Everyone can tell you’re lying, so just why??
Another common characteristic that I’ve found is that many musicians are very rigid. The reason why amateur bands are usually so rubbish is because every single member of the band is too busy trying to copy other acts and getting pissed off with each other when it sounds like shit. However, the reason WHY amateur musicians are so rigid is because they have none or very little knowledge of Musical theory.
The reason why professional bands sound so good is because they love music, they live music, they listen to each other, they accept different ideas, they can improvise (thanks to musical theory), they aren’t arrogant (or they won’t get work) and most importantly, they are knowledgeable about their chosen line of work………..EVERYTHING that the average guitarist on the street is not.
I’d like to hear opinions! I’m aware that mine are quite strong but to be honest, I’m sick of people telling me that I should really give Mumford & Sons another listen, I’m sick of people asking me how to become a publisher/publicist/agent/promoter (people manage to get these 4 SEPERATE professions mixed up), AND I AM TIRED of people sending me demos that have been recorded on a mobile phone!
I believe that to become a professional, you need to act like a professional first. It isn’t fair that you demand to be treated with respect when you turn up late to rehearsals, drink so much that you can barely play and treat equipment atrociously.