perfectly said. Love it or leave, do not expect anything
1) They are in a line of work that, i would say, everyone desires to be in..art and expression.
2) All the money in this field of work, or whatever one desires to label it, is controlled by few, just like money distribution throughout the rest of existence.
3) If an ‘artist’ wants the money, they need to conform to ‘regulations’ of what is considered popular, driven by mass media, as it always has been, and be told what to make by “corporation X” which is whatever record label. What Lady Gaga does. (Do not like her music but the lady is a business genius, find a growing niche, fill it, become an extreme, people buy it, she gets rich, same as it ever was)
4) Entering the world as an artist comes with risks. There are hazards with any occupation. I am a psychology major, I am not expecting to make any money for a long time. I expect that, but I love what i do. You work with sharks, do not complain when you are bitten. You are a musician. You make music that is truly original and amazing, but you do not fit the majority of societies perception of popular music. Do not complain that you are poor, what else would you expect.
5) Production of music is growing exponentially, More people making music, less money distributed.
6) I am also broke. I will listen to albums via grooveshark, stereogum, youtube, etc. When I get money, i will not hesitate to buy the bands album.
7) love grizzly bear, and many other financially unfortunate bands. But for gods sake, do not complain about being broke. Appreciate that you can actually make music that keeps reality in check. If everyone listened to the music that is labeled mainstream… I do not even want to imagine that. Fucking scary, like out of a sci fi horror movie. Everyone do the same thing at the same time. Only listen to Mumford and sons and Adele and etc etc (not bad musicians, but for the majority of people that is as off the path they get)
8) You are privileged to make music, do not expect anything, if you do not like being poor, then you should have been a lawyer. Doing something few can do, but many dream of, realize your privilege and influence, and ability to leave a mark, greatest way of self expression.