Life as a sideman

158: Life as a sideman (Part 1) – A realistic message about the “business” of music

In this podcast I talk about a the somewhat uncomfortable topic of the long-term plan for musicians…especially as sidemen or “hired guns.” Unfortunately, after the tour is over and after the recording button is turned off, the money comes to a halt. Far too often musicians tend to think that they’ll have their cushy gig forever, which is rarely the case. A life of an independent contractor can be rough if you don’t plan properly. Hopefully this podcast will shed some light on the subject and give you the spark to start thinking about the long road ahead so that you’re prepared for the ups and downs as they come

“Plan like you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow.” (Tweet this)

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