15 Signs That You’re a Struggling Musician in 2013


By Confusion & Joyce

Twenty years ago, being a "struggling musician" meant you were packed in a van, traveling from city to city with your bandmates, drinking cheap beer, and staying in dirty hotel rooms where you lie on a stained mattress and dream of one day making it big. Today, that is called being in an indie band. Today, that is called being an up-and-comer.

Today, the term "struggle" has taken on new meaning. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to dive head first into a "music career," but it has also lowered the bar. Now, instead of having to really commit to something and grind it out the way artists in the '80s and '90s did, you can just start a half-assed Internet campaign from the comfort of your crusty old computer chair. Now, instead of actually putting in the work, you can just bang away at your keyboard and hope that your big break will come to you.

The Internet has changed music for the better in countless ways, but by basically removing the barrier to entry, it has also opened the floodgates and allowed for a rush of struggle artists to enter the picture. And believe us, the struggle is very real.

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  • Jumi

    I’ve only done #15 so I’m in the clear for the most part.

  • http://twitter.com/HaloTuffy Mizz Tuffy TuffAngel

    2 thumbs Up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.ng10 Joyce Ng

    Jumi you’re the best. Also, a bad friend.

  • Metalgearrr

    Eh, while I agree with alot of this shit, the intro to this article seems like a grumpy 38 year old vinyl DJ wrote it, who is hating on new technology.

    Yes the barrier is gone down, but its opened the floodgates to a bunch of shitty artist. and shitty artists will always be shitty artists. Just cause its easier to START a career doesnt mean its easier to be found and noticed. There are a MILLION EDM producers now, so many that theres a bunch of good producers who get lost in the mix…

    and eventually the shitty DJs and producers will fade away, but the true artists will last.

  • Shaw

    Well I’m glad I only do one of those things

  • Shaw

    p.s. check out my new track


    also not funny any more now that youtube has advertisements, fuckers.

  • PigsAndPlans

    We run a music blog that exists only because of the Internet. We do not hate technology!

  • Jumi

    Sidenote: I’d also like to change my rap moniker to “Slutbot”. DIBS!

  • Ash

    Hey I’m an up and coming rapper. I’m about to rap about my illuminati rituals on my 5am in Toronto remix. I collaborated with Drake and it’s a banger. Follow me on twitter and lets get it trending.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joyce.ng10 Joyce Ng

    #youre #missing #hashtags #cant #help #you

  • NerdyDillinger

    +1 for “comments section struggle.” LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/kayodeliftedlimits Kayode Gamble

    I guess nobody read the article bc the comment section is full of the same shit they said dont do. Way to go geniuses!

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  • http://www.str8buttah.com/ teck

    I guess struggle is the new cool. I’m keeping my day job.

  • PT

    If I see number 3, I instantly will never listen. Just reeks of absolute amateurism.

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