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How do we define personal success in the music industry?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by studentaccount1, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. studentaccount1


    Nov 14, 2006
    At which point would you consider an artist successful?

    Record deal?

    Selling out arenas worldwide?

    Making enough money to feed a small nation?


    Having a loyal audience?

    Having fun?

    Making enough to buy more gear?
  2. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Having health insurance paid for by the gig.:cool:
  3. Spoiled Grape

    Spoiled Grape I <3 Darkstar

    May 29, 2003
    Riverside, CA
    It varies person to person.

    I haven't reached my pinnacle of success yet, I am sure of that. When we can successfully headline an entire US Tour, at venues 500+, than I will consider myself successful enough to die happy.
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I want to have my name on one CD insert as a bass player and I'll be happy.
  5. morf

    morf Inactive

    Feb 17, 2006
    having fun.
  6. Enden


    May 1, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    I think once a band has fans, they're successful. Like, various fans. Not friends and family and friends of family.
  7. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    -Being signed to a popular label
    -Touring/opening for well known, signed bands
    -Being in regular rotation on the radio
    -Winning a grammy
  8. I think anyone who makes their living from playing music is successful.
  9. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    What about King's X? These guys have been around for a long time, have a loyal following but have really been ignored by in large except for critics and their loyal following. I'd like to ask them this question.
  10. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    Short range- having a good name in the local scene, opening up for a national act or at a big fest.

    Medium range- lasting on a DYI tour for a few months.
  11. jive1

    jive1 Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    Success = Not having to schlep your gear to a gig
  12. nad

    nad 60 Cycle Humdinger

    Sep 22, 2005
    Same here. Well, it has to be released by some obscure record label that nobody has heard of. My name is already on one former band's very-pro-looking self-released demo, which I give my success a B+ for.
  13. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Success is making music that touches people and that people enjoy.

    Of course, there is a huge amount of difference between the most and least successful.
  14. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I look back at the last 26 years since I played my first paid gig for $7.50 and free beer...

    -- I'm on over half a dozen recordings, with more in the pipe

    -- I've played and recorded with a few of my musical heroes

    Michael Hurley

    Rufus Thomas

    Doug James

    Danny Poullard

    Mark Sandman

    -- I've appeared in a movie

    -- I'm still out gigging 2-4 nights every week

    So looking back I've been more successful than I probably deserve :cool:
  15. To me, at least being recognised locally... And at Talkbass...
  16. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Being able to tour for most of the year, and to be able to have a wide fanbase would be success in my book. Enough money to live while touring, as well.
  17. studentaccount1


    Nov 14, 2006
    Those are some good answers.

    Success for me would be for my music to make an impression on someone the way musicians that I look up to have made impressions on me.

    Gas money is nice too.
  18. dhadleyray

    dhadleyray Guest

    Dec 7, 2004
    The bottom line. Money... Enough to be comfortable, after divorce, that is!
  19. 2 gigs a week @ $150 NZD a night. nice pocket money.
  20. not shabby at all mate

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