Being succesful


Slow Diver
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According to you what is the way of becoming a succesful/famous musician? Is it luck? Knowing the right people(having connections)? Playing 25 hours/day? Being handsome? having lots of money?
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Dejan Sajinovic
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I would say conections and yes it´s unfair that some guy who can´t even hold a guitar gets famous through right conections than a guy who do 25 hrs/day "LOL" playn´ with passion.

Today´s music industry sucks but hey, my goal is to learn to master guitar as good as I can and yes it would be nice to earn money so that I can live on that but on the other hand, it´s just so great to play and in length it wouldn´t matter if I played on a satadion our in my room.

PS. I think luck is also important, you know right place right time.
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Tele Master
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I hate, and at the same time feel good, for the people who have many connections. I have zero connections. Playing at school, in the garage, and anywhere else I can, the people who hear us play are our connections.
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kingdavid
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Originally posted by Tele Master
...the people who hear us play are our connections.

I like that.
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chris mood
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I think 1st and foremost is being able to write a decent song and having an overall good sound!
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canuck7
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yeah, first you have to be good! some people miss that. nothing against you.
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Hootayah
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There's a whole lot of luck involved but
I think being successful is directly related to how much effort you put into it. If you sit at home in your basement playing to the tv, you'll still be there 10 years from now.
If you go out and push your music 18 hours a day and schmooze with the right people, and get on peoples asses constantly, you'll stand a far better chance.
It's kinda like buying a lottery ticket. The more tickets you buy, the better chance you get of winning.
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Tele Master
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It depends on what the people you are playing to think is a good song and if you hvae a good song or not.
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Slow Diver
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It all depends what your goals are. Music can be art, but it can also be a profesion if you have the attitude for it.
I also don't want to be too famous, I mean I do not want to make music for money, If I am going to become rich I know some other really more secure and profitable ways of doing it.
Also, it seems that you are too concerned about what people would speak about you. I personally don't give a fu(n)ck. If I do the music that I like and it becomes popular then I won't bother if other less succesful people call me a sellout.
Well that's really something really theoretical right now :)
If I becaome that famous I'll let you know :P
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Axl_Rose
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Its all about Image. The name of you band, the look of your band, your attitudes etc. Its a given that you can play guitar and write sum tunes, thousands of kids are in their bedrooms with their 4-track right now coming up with great ideas.
The reason I play guitar is cos I love it, not cos its a path to stardom. I'd like to be in a functioning band with good songs to play but not so's to become famous or that.
I duno why i feel like this, I always thought I was the sorta guy who wanted to famous so bad, but i dont, i dont understand it. Maybe i respect my guitar too much.
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canuck7
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well, i still want a share of fame i guess. but my main goal would be to play guitar. i'd have to get some money but i wouldn't change my style or write songs that other people like to become rich and famous. like, i would not start playing country if i could get rich and/or famous. i wouldn't write political songs if i didn't and i could get rich and/or famous if i did. i mean, if you want to play guitar you need to make some money to survive but losing your style and music to get money and/or fame is just not cool.
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Tele Master
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I want to stay small, doing town gigs, bars, clubs, and stuff like that. I prefer it. I like to get to know people and mingle with audiences, and also there is not as much pressure because you don't HAVE to make so many songs or albums by a certain date.
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kingdavid
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Originally posted by aiwass
First of all, anyone whose aim is to be famous is an idiot...

Not necessarily.
Hype has helped a lot of "successful" "artists" who wouldn't be where they are otherwise get to where they are.People have made money through "aiming to be famous".Unless you consider making money idiocy...
Now,at an artistic level,fame simply happens to be a consequence of what you do.Artists make their art for others to consume.Artists want to their message to be heard.You write a song,aiwass,I'm sure you want someone to hear it.
When the someones become many,you become famous.
There's nothing idiotic about it.
If you ask me(of course if you don't....)you shouldn't go out of your way to avoid being "too"(how much is too much?) famnous.
Just do your thing and the other stuff sort itself out.
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