I rarely respond to threads, but felt I could say something here.
I get where you're coming from, I've been using Fl since I was 13 when it came out in '98. I've gone through the same feelings as you until someone told me.
"Being an artist isn't a career, it's a calling".
When you start to look at it from this perspective, it's actually pretty awesome to be the old dude working at the local music store. What's the alternative being the old dude working at some really shitty job?
These kinds of old rocker dudes that never "made it" but are still rocking, I've been told are called "journeymen".
They're people that make music for the love first and are happy to make just enough to live because it allows them to make more music. It allows them to keep playing the game, keep creating art. Again what's the alternative? Not creating? A true artist cant stop creating, even if nobody's listening.
The funny thing is these types of people are becoming the go-to people we look to for in art, even in hip hop, the audience is becoming increasingly aware of rappers that are in it just for the money or are doing the bare minimal.
Why do you think we love it when Kanye blows his whole budget putting 30 people on a track?
When The Weeknd drops 3 incredible free mixtapes in one year with songs with no commercial intent?
When Macklemore funds a video about consumerism using kickstarter?
As the audience becomes more savvy it's more obvious whose in it for the art and whose in it for the money.
Now I don't want to confuse intent with making great art. You could be in it for the art only, and make terrible music. But that doesn't matter, if you're a journeymen, if you see this as your calling, than you're going to get better. That old dude that works at guitar center may never have a hit song but he can sure play the funk out of his guitar and guess what that's all that really matters.
Originally Posted by Ronnie Coleman
I caught myself again looking at the Prophet 08 and Virus and I was getting ready to order one of these today and I realized... What's the point? There are a million beat makers like me out there and, although I think I'm good, even the best producers out there are making chump change. 50 k a year is chump change when you spend more than 8 hours a day working in music.
I love making music but when I started making tracks in 06 I was under the impression that I was getting myself into a unique line of work. The more I learn, the more I realize how slim the chances are of me ever making a good living for myself. I consider 70k (net) a year or more to be a good income. Now, music is not everything I do, but the last few months I tried really hard to make that at least a possibility. I made a website for myself and really started working on finishing beats. I finished about 9 in a little over a month. I know I can do better.
The point is... Life is too short to spend all your time and money on a hobby that might never give you back what you put into it. I don't want to end up being the guy working at guitar center, still hoping my beats will get heard by a top dog and then I'll get my pay day.
But im not giving up. I will just keep my pockets full and until the business shows me some love, it gets no love from me. Im afraid there might be a day when ill get fed up with music and sell everything I acquired and that'll be it. But its hard to see that happening.