Re: Why Musicians Shouldn't Work for Peanuts
Now a days if you want to play any club in my town, you will most certainly play for peanuts or free. This is where it's evolved to over the few decades I've been doing this. Prior, the money was actually great. Then came DJ's, stiffer DWI laws and no public smoking.
If you choose to participate in one of those options then you understand what it means. For me, I've burned all need to ever play live again - though I do. So, I personally don't care anymore.
If the band thinks it's going to be fun and we have the personal free time to do it - we do it. Whether or not we are doing is completely irrelevant whether or not the place will be open. We take up space in their opinion.... If my band is not there - another band will be.
At this point of my life, I'll play for free for the sake of having fun with the band. I personally find the gigs at this stage of my life a hassle - especially the paying ones. The free ones - we pick the start/end times - the length of the sets and breaks.
I truly just don't care enough any longer about the money involved in playing.
"I found that to really make money, you had to give up music. So I gave up money" - Mel Lewis