If You’ve Got a Back-Up Plan You’re Gonna Use It

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Last month bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters played an awesome CMJ show at Brooklyn Bowl to kick off their fall tour.  We got a chance to board their (parked) tour bus before the show, and ask them about touring, marketing and promotion, the financial struggles that often come with being an independent band, and a whole lot more.

Recently we’ve been featuring parts of the interview between TuneCore’s Chris Mooney and Andy Falco (guitar) and Travis Book (bass) of The Infamous Stringdusters.

This clip is all about the financial side of being a musician.

If you don’t have time to watch the clip, here are some of the key points from the ‘Dusters:

1. You need to be all in, and let go of fear and security. If you’ve got a back-up plan you’re going to use it.

2. Being an artist can’t be thought of as a means to an end. You need to feel good about what you’re doing, day in and day out.

3. The odds of ‘making it’ as a musician may be slim, but being able to play music, visit beautiful places, and stay happy is a pretty rich life.

4. People often look forward to retirement so they can do what they really want to do. Musicians do that every day. That’s the payoff.