Professional Musician

238 – Changing the narrative of what it means to be a professional drummer

There seems to be a common theme in the drumming world and the music industry as a whole: If you’re not playing music full time you’re not a professional, successful musician…you haven’t “made it.” Part of the mission of Drummer’s Resource and the podcast is to change the narrative of what it means to be a professional drummer.

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  1. Jasmin
    Jasmin says:

    I totally agree with you!
    You know what bothers me the most? It’s “full time…” it’s “full time playing”. Nobody is *playing full-time. Even my bro Éric Boudreault who play for Cavalia, 350 shows a week for 5 years straight now (you shouls interview him!) have to teach at Drumeo and record on the road.
    And most top bands “only” tour 6 months a year… that is not “full time playing”. I mean to make a living only in the music industry, you have to : Network, practice, produce, promote yourself, teach, chart out songs, rehearse, load-up/de-load/set-up gear and vice versa, compose, arrange… I mean… playing a show in front of a big audience is literally a small part of the most sucessfull musicians’ life, when you think about it. A lot of the things we do prepare us for shows, and they way more times than the shows themselves… well. Personally, as long as I’m helping others out, I’m happy. Music is a therapy isn’t it?! Yeah! So I’m trying to get day gigs in the vast world of music, like teching/working in a music shop, teaching, repair/re-selling, etc plus all the above as a music student.

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