Technology has brought cutting-edge changes to all sectors in our lives, including music. Getting into a recording studio was something very competitive in the old days because only big record companies had the means to produce cassettes, which made it easy for them to be the final arbiter of people’s musical taste. Consequently, there were just a few variations in the 90’s music industry.
We Have Technology That Embraces Individual Creativity
Artistic music is all about individuality and authenticity, which also should be the ideal vision of all garage bands. We have passed the stage where the success of making music was measured by how many copies the musician could sell. With social media that embrace audio and video contents such as Instagram, YouTube, Reverb Nation, Sound Cloud, and Band Camp, musicians of any kind have equal chances to find or form their audience.
Before the Internet, musicians with out-of-the-world aesthetics could barely survive. They did not have the means to promote themselves abroad, and exporting their works was also something impractical and expensive. Today, we have got the technology.
Music Production Has Been Affordable More Than Ever
Like what has been stated, you need only a laptop to make a record. With a soundcard, few mics, standard instruments, and a recording program, you are ready to release your demo songs. Besides, musical instrument distribution these days is everywhere on the Internet. With little effort of an investigation, you can find bass guitars under $500. Sites like Musician’s Friend, Music Melter, Guitar Store, and Sweet Water offer musicians a forum where they can sell and buy used musical instruments in appropriate condition and at a reasonable price.
Therefore, gather your fellow music enthusiasts, and start looking for gears on the Internet. If you abandoned your dream to be a traveling musician when you were a teenager, then today is the right time to rekindle that artistic passion again and to start to record your first song!
You Can Travel Around the World as a Musician
If you have not noticed, the event organizers and labels are all dying. The bad side is that they may no longer give musicians any record deal that is worth thousands of dollar. The good side is that they have become lenient and acceptant toward musicians who can afford tour accommodation on their own.
When you have released your first record, you can publish it online and see how the labels and event organizers react to your works. It is 100% guaranteed that you will find small gigs all over the world who are willing to host your band as long as you pay for the flight by yourself.
You may not get any profits, but traveling to new places as a performer is indeed different from going there as merely a visitor. You will feel how the crowd reacts to your performance. You will hear how people appreciate or criticize you. Traveling around foreign destinations as a musician has its own incomparable excitement.