Originally Posted by mrsound
As i'm getting older (still young 21) but i'm not as interest, and motivated to get far with music. I have a songwriter duo, but i'm losing interest.
I feel more like a have some fun here and there, and twist some knobs. The magic is gone i guess. Before i practiced hours and hours the electric guitar, checking books all day, but now it's gone. I don't want to be famous anymore, and playing some half finished songs with acoustic guitar, tweaking some synth, and making a drum beat is good enough for me.
I do care more about my study now, getting a good job for in the future, and looking for a relation. I'm wondering if it comes with aging?
Do you guys recognize this?
(i hope this is the right forum section)
Sounds a lot like me, though I went all the way to my mid 30s. I'm sure part of it came from aging... I do remember thinking, "This working as a sock store manager by day to do gigs on nights and weekends is starting to look less and less cute." (Yup, SOCK STORE!)
But actually what really made me think the "business" wasn't for me was the bit of success our band was having. In fact, the more success we had the more I hated the whole thing.
A) I hate traveling. This is weird but no one ever tells you how much traveling you will have to do and how horrible it is.
B) The people. The music business has more than it's fair share of flakes and narcissists. Finding reliable people to play with who share a similar musical vision and are fun to spend a lot of time with is very difficult.
C) Money. The moment there's a dime on the table, someone is trying to take it from you. Club owners who lie about the door take, sound people who have extortion contracts with clubs that you have to pay, etc. Managers who embezzle your cash are so common it's a cliché.
I like something I once heard from guitarist Robert Fripp. He said something along the lines of Anyone who finds out what it's like to be a professional touring musician and goes forward toward that career is mentally ill.
Here's the good news. It got a lot better! When the pressure to "succeed" in the music business was removed, I started really enjoying music again. I could spend an entire evening just messing with loops and synth patches and have an enormously fun time. Really fulfilling. I found that if I made music for me, it was no longer important to share what I was doing. Sure, sometimes I record my ramblings and I still compose music for video games and gifts, but it's all for pure fun. I think we're told by so many people that this is what losers and hacks do, but the truth is I've never been more creative. So take it for what it's worth. Keep playing and keep music in your life. If somehow money finds a way into your art, take it and be thankful. If not, don't sweat it. Making art for art's sake is the purest form of artistic expression and the most fulfilling.