i've been playing drums for 20 years, can read (drum/percussion) music well, dabble a little bit in bass and keys. i don't compose songs, i write parts for songs that other people write, i help restructure songs when playing with or producing a band. does this make me not a musician because i don't play melodies or compose songs?
edit: i have both made a living from music and recieved blowjobs for it.
Nobody has touched on the subject of hip hop producers or DJs. Some people might consider them musicians. I don't but some may.
I think musicians are people who play musical instruments to make music. Some might say Ornette Coleman wasn't a musician. Some may say Les Claypool is the greatest musician (Although to me it sounds like putting your hand in a jelly jar and pulling it out I rhythm -hah!)
Whatever you believe, I think it is important to make a distinction between someone who produces music and someone who creates music. It may seem like a semantical issue, but the analogy might be the difference between someone who can "produce" a platter of food for a party by opening sliced cheese packages and crackers, and someone who "creates" food by making it from scratch.
No fair - I'm a keyboard player. When the guitarist and singer are out in the car park each getting a BJ, me and the drummer are still in the building tearing down and packing away all our gear. (I don't know where the bass player goes.)
No fair - I'm a keyboard player. When the guitarist and singer are out in the car park each getting a BJ, me and the drummer are still in the building tearing down and packing away all our gear. (I don't know where the bass player goes.)...[snip]
Well, everyone else here knows that after the gig your bass player dons his Spiderman underoos, and goes out crime fighting.
So, he's officially the only one in the entire music industry contributing anything useful to humanity.
Except maybe for Madonna, with her 8 million adopted African kids.
(But she wears Aquaman underoos, so she doesn't count).