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Striking a Chord: The Dual Challenges of Modern Musicians in 2023

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

In the realm of live music, two pressing challenges often overshadow the passion: the financial constraints and a surprising stagnation in embracing innovation. Let's first address the innovation, or rather, the lack thereof. With the technological advancements at our fingertips, it's baffling to see many in the music industry resist change. In an age where digital commerce reigns supreme, there are still those among us clinging to outdated methods like selling CDs or using fax machines.


On the financial front:


While I pour my heart and soul into my craft, the financial rewards often don't reflect the effort. Yes, I make a respectable income, but it's remained stagnant over time. In a parallel universe where I'm in a corporate cubicle, my earnings would likely be significantly higher. It's a bittersweet feeling, especially when I see peers in other professions thriving financially. As a family man, the desire to provide more for my loved ones is ever-present. We manage well, but there's always that yearning for more - be it wealth, acknowledgment, or respect for the dedication I've invested in my music.


That's the life of a musician in 2023.



- Darrian





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