Bands: What do call "success?"

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  1. 2HBStrat

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    What part of the process is it that makes you feel successful? Is it getting a good band sound and having the songs arranged and performed at a high level? Is it getting good gigs? Repeat gigs? Selling your music? Selling merch? Groupies?

    What makes you feel successful?
     
  2. Heinz57Pep

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    Hearing a recording (rehearsal, studio, live, whatever) and smiling.
     
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    After playing, I should feel better than before I started playing.
     
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    Knowing that I made somebody feel something.
     
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    Me too! I really enjoy listening back, particularly on those nights when everything clicked. I also try to enjoy all the little moments that feel like forward progress is being made. A new song that really works, a gig at a better venue, new fans that aren't friends or family members of the band.

    I've found that "failure" isn't really the opposite of "success" in music, apathy is.
     
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    Seeing a million faces, and rocking them all. <g>

    Seriously:

    1. Playing a great gig, to an appreciative crowd.

    2. Having a great rehearsal.

    3. Writing/arranging a good original.

    4. Making a good recording.

    5. Getting airplay.
     
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    Earning the respect of your peers.
     
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    Just nailing my parts as well as I can and having a good time with it. If I'm not smiling through a gig, something's up - playing music the best thing in the world, right?
     
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    Haha .....exactly
     
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    I agree with all of these (getting AirPlay with an original is a great feeling).
    For covers, I'll add packing the dance floor and getting the buzz up (the audience involved and REALLY rocking out so they lose THEIR inhibitions) and getting repeat bookings in bigger and better rooms where booking managers are contacting you for your availability, not the other way around.
     
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    Right now, just to have my first band and actually play my first gig would make me feel successful.
     
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    Making the audience go wild.
     
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    my wife's happiness. that's how i play. i'm a lover, not a star
     
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    Having total strangers buy my music at shows.....

    It's not about money, it's about someone wanting to take my music with them.....that's the best feeling in the world. :)
     
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    Depends on the gig. Originals? Sell music, have a following. Covers? Have fun, play well, get paid.
     
  17. BigSB

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    "Put your good where it will do the most." - Wavy Gravy

    When someone's night/day/event/moment is better for my having shared my gift and love of music, then that entire endeavour is, and thus all of my efforts have been, a success.

    Did we share something that the music made possible? A laugh, a tear, a smile, a twirl around a dance floor with your friends or your honey? That means I've reached one of the milestones on my journey so far.

    Did the world and all its possibilities get greater and bigger in your heart's eyes because a song I sang lifted you? Or did a big, fast, scary, hurtful world get a bit smaller through my blues, telling you, hey, it's ok, I've been there, too?

    Either way, I've channeled what you needed at the right moment. I've been successful. :)
     
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    The only time in my musical career that I felt truly successful was playing to 15,000+ and looking down and seeing a giant mosh pit going to music that I had written while I was playing it. We got paid zero dollars for that gig but I remember feeling like I had "made it".

    Nowadays I wouldn't call my band successful per se but I'd call us established for sure. We havent played a new venue yet that hasn't invited us back. Some might call that successful I guess. Semantics I suppose but to me success is playing to a large scale of people.
     

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