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Wital says

The real musicant make music for soul. Money tomorrow…

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SoundFix says

The real musicant make music for soul. Money tomorrow…

What is a ‘real’ musician?

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Wital says

Real musician is a creative person. He loves music more than money.

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Leo_Artaza says

that’s why he wants to make a living out of it

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BrownHouseMedia says

Real musician is a creative person. He loves music more than money.

So if a creative person makes money from their music they are not a real musician?

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jhunger says


Real musician is a creative person. He loves music more than money.
So if a creative person makes money from their music they are not a real musician?

Absolutely right! That’s why all the most famous musicians are living in poverty. :):):)

Personally I think you can be a musician and still appreciate money (and the food/shelter/ability to continue to make music it provides). Money (and also the emotional boost I get knowing that people actually enjoy and can use my music) has motivated me to continue to write when I otherwise wouldn’t have, and I can’t see how that’s a bad thing. If you’re making a living being a musician, that says to me that you love music all the more, because god knows there are far easier ways to make money.

Back to the point of the OP, the songs I write are very close to what I’d be writing for no $$ anyway, so I still very much enjoy creating my tracks. On the contrary, I find that if I try to write a more marketable song I usually have less success than if I just record whatever comes out.

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simaudio says

If you’re making a living being a musician, that says to me that you love music all the more, because god knows there are far easier ways to make money.

+1 on that! :)

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johnny625 says

Do real creative musicians need money? Of course they do. They have bills and taxes to pay as everyone else.

On the other hand there are countless examples of musicians creating less and less interesting music from artistic prospective as they got more and more famous. I guess if you already sold millions of records you really don’t have to try as much, people would buy almost any music from you when you are that big. I am not saying that there aren’t famous artists that retained their artistic credibility, I am just illustrating a general trend.

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Atlantix says

I do it because i like to improvise on my piano. Later i decided to record and sell my improvisations…

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BrownHouseMedia says

Do real creative musicians need money? Of course they do. They have bills and taxes to pay as everyone else. On the other hand there are countless examples of musicians creating less and less interesting music from artistic prospective as they got more and more famous. I guess if you already sold millions of records you really don’t have to try as much, people would buy almost any music from you when you are that big. I am not saying that there aren’t famous artists that retained their artistic credibility, I am just illustrating a general trend.

I don’t think this has anything to do with an artist getting more famous. As an artist gets famous record labels and managers become very risk adverse and are not willing to try new things for fear of killing the golden goose.

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