If you're not making it anywhere, it's for one or both of two fundamental reasons:
1) Not enough people are willing to pay for your music, either because it's not good enough or not marketable enough (in business terms these are the same thing), or
2) You haven't made enough of an effort to market yourself.
The whole "zomg the music business is just RANDOM LUCK!" thing is total bullshit perpetuated by non-musicians who don't know what the fuck they're talking about and/or failed musicians who want to make excuses for having failed/continuing to fail.
I don't buy it. The amount of luck required to succeed in music is inversely proportional to the amount of work and time you're willing to put into it. Starting a band IS starting a business, and if you're not making money it's because you need to improve your product and/or the way you market it. End of story.
If you've been out touring the country and passing out thousands of demos for several years and nobody in the industry with any clout is taking notice or paying any attention, it's not because you're unlucky--it's because you suck. Industry scouts are everywhere; too many bands delude themselves into thinking they'll "make it when the right guy hears us"--if you're truly good, you'll be showered with praise virtually everywhere you go, because to informed and experienced people in the industry, it's obvious who's good and who isn't despite what your personal tastes happen to be.
Notice how labels don't sign totally unmarketable bands no matter how much the A&R guy happens to enjoy them?
It's just like poker players who whine and whine about how they're the unluckiest player in the world, because their perspectives aren't even wide enough to grasp the reasons why they suck. And yet the best players in both the music world and the poker world still come out with lots and lots of money every year, and I don't buy the bullshit socialist argument that everyone should be paid the same for not doing as good a job.
If you think that any "bad band" ever actually makes a lot of money, you're judging music according to arbitrary inner standards and you lack context.
Well, this is an awesome demonstration of why Ti/Fi tends to do a poor job of evaluating art. This time, though, I'm going to demonstrate my Ni and just say that I'm confident in my position on this that I genuinely don't care whether or not you understand.Originally Posted by magic porygon