Should You Stop Making Music?

Should You Stop Making Music

I see this question all over the internet in almost every music forum I visit. Music producers or music artist on the verge of giving up music and getting rid of all or their music equipment. So I wanted to address this topic.

I may do some rambling, so before you go any further, the answer is NO! You shouldn’t stop making music.

I believe many music makers ( Music Artist and Producers) get frustrated because what they see on TV and read in magazines isn’t happening for them yet. But in reality everything happens differently for everyone. Your experience can be harder or easier.  It’s all about how you handle those situations. If you allow the rejection of one label, artist, manager, etc, to stop you from pursing your dreams. Then your dream may have not been that important in the first place.

If you have been working hard for years and still haven’t got to where you want to be. I would personally focus on why you got into music in the first place. For me music is a way of life. It’s involved in almost every part of my day. From driving to work, to helping me get through the work day, driving back home. It’s everywhere. How could you not want to be involved with it?

Things you should consider before quitting music:

Are you in music for fame or creativity?

If you’re in it for the fame, what is your definition of fame? Is it being seen by millions of partially supportive fans? Or having a small community of diehard fans who believe in you and think you are making a difference? If it’s for creativity, then good. It’s nothing like creative expression. If your frustrated because you’re not being heard the way you want. Then look for new ways to get heard and put your name out there.

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Is your current job your life purpose?

I’ll be damned if my life purpose is to only work a 9 to 5 job. I need more. I believe I’m destined for greatness. I don’t know in what but I’m going to work my butt off until I get there. And if you don’t have a bigger plan. Keep music as a hobby to bring balance to your life. Work alone as your full time focus can make you nuts. Make sure you stay balanced by having hobbies in your life that make you happy.

Can you live with giving up?

Life with regrets can be a unhappy life. Try to live life to the best of your ability and know you gave your all in everything you do. So you’re not 65 and say “I could have been a good music producer or music artist… I think?”

Have you exhausted all possibilities?

I know many people who want something in life. But aren’t putting in the needed  hard work to get to where they want to be. Have you tried everything that you could possibly do to succeed? I’m sure you haven’t. Because there are many different ways to do something. Find those new ways and do them and give your all.

Fun Fact: Warren Buffett who is one of the wealthiest men in the United States earned 99% of wealth after his 50th birthday.

Networking side note: A big part of the music industry is about who you know. So network more and find to people who can open doors for you. This is related to exhausting all possibilities, because you should be finding ways to get your name out there to people and if you are good at something. Odds are people will support you.

So in closing. There are tons of stories out there of people trying to be a actors for years before they get their break. Business after business after business failing before it finally succeeds.

You will not have success without failure. Just keep working, and don’t give up. Keep hope alive!

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Thanks for reading

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19 Comments

  1. Hello guys, this is Andrew and am a music producer from africa(zambia to be specific). I feel like giving up on the music business. Been pushing and things are not turning out to be what they suppose to be. Pliz help

  2. Well, if you are making “hip hop”, then you are not making “music” at all. Just talking shit over someone else’s music.

  3. good article. @museumoftechno thats was a untrue and negative statement. Im not famous at all but i make more then some people with 9-5’s off of my music alone. it is possible to make income off your music. it just depends on how serious you take it and how far you are willing to go. and who cares how many artist or producers are out now. there is no surplus if eliminate your self from the amateurs. if you think negative then your results will show it.

  4. Hey Mark,

    It’s been a minute since I last spoke to you but glad to see you’re still holdin it down. Great advice you gave. Very few succeed by having things dropped in their lap, most do so “By any means necessary” type of attitude and you sound like you have it…

    You’ll hear from again soon – Peace

  5. That was a dope article Mark, and the site is pretty dope too. I stumbled a crossed it a few months ago looking for samples. Never really paid it no mind after that up until recently. Now I come through daily. Good ish man.

  6. It’s not hard to make money with music. The problem is most people don’t know how to do it. While most people sit and wiat /pray/hope for making $20,000 a track and up there are people with much smaller ego’s that don’t mind making $500.00 a track. Some musicians and producers actually make good money sound designing for companies. You have to be able to look outside of the box. There is money out there just have to know how to get it

    Jingles/Theme music aka Background music is a great venue most beatmakers and musicians don’t even think about tapping into it. Nor do they think about making music for toys. The money is out there. Plenty of no name musicians and producers are living well without the limelight

    trust me.

  7. PUTTING THE MONEY AND TIME INTO THE RECORD LABEL THAT I STARTED …I WOULD LIKE TO SAY …I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN …IT HAS BEEN A GREAT ADVENTURE …AT THE END JUST LIKE MARK ITS A WAY OF LIFE…PEACE

  8. Great article, and thanks for the link. You concluded with the biggest point – networking. The truth is, no matter how mediocre your music, if you have the gift of gab and the networking skills – there is plenty of work to get out there, however the opposite is true too. No matter how good your music is, unless you do something to get heard, there’s not much chance of making it your career.

  9. Good article.I don’t care I’ll never give up.How can idiots like Soulja Boy make it?So everybody can!

  10. In the end, if making music makes you happy, do continue, if failing to become recognized as an artist makes you sad, stop… but never stop dreaming!

  11. If everyone gave up before they started nobody would make it. Also, music is a process; enjoy the process as you go along. There are varying degrees of success and success is measured in different ways.

  12. First Time Commenting here.
    @ Museum of Techno
    “almost no musician will ever make any serious money out of their music”
    May you back up your sentence? Please with a source/reference

    “the world has a surplus of musicians anyway”
    Yes, but remember musicians has their different styles of music, and on another factor its more of a factor of the ‘style’,’sound’ of the music rather than the musican.
    For example: You can hear all these club songs, but in the end its not who makes it, its how the song impacts the audience.

    “dream and pursuing it to the bitter end would probably result in a bitter end for most musicians.”
    How so? Please with a source/reference.

    “If you’ve given it a real try but not succeeded, either take a break, then return to making music for love, or feel free to give it up for something else more sustainable and profitable.If you listen gently to yourself, you’ll know if you’re on a hiding to nowhere. Follow the path in life that results in the most love for your friends and family, whether or not that involves music and whether or not it includes money.”

    Must disagree on this factor, rather than giving it a try, it rather bases on strategy of thee person. Simply you recording a track and then uploading it up on your myspace, in the long term wont be a great try or a great way to be heard.

    @ Mark Valenzuela
    Great Article and Great site, Very Inspirational towards of my journey as a Entrepreneur of Music and Producer

    Regards,
    snipe
    http://www.myspace.com/snipeonline

  13. I disagree. Statistically, almost no musician will ever make any serious money out of their music. So, while giving up prematurely is a shame (although in the end, the world has a surplus of musicians anyway, so it’s not a problem on a grand scale), hanging on to a dream and pursuing it to the bitter end would probably result in a bitter end for most musicians.

    If you’ve given it a real try (and remember, how much of a try you can give it might be limited by aspects of your personality) but not succeeded, either take a break, then return to making music for love, or feel free to give it up for something else more sustainable and profitable.

    If you listen gently to yourself, you’ll know if you’re on a hiding to nowhere. Follow the path in life that results in the most love for your friends and family, whether or not that involves music and whether or not it includes money.

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment. Its fine to disagree, but for you to say no music artist make money is incorrect. Many don’t, but some do. Some make money from touring, signing other artist, producing, acting, guest appearances, writing for other artist, merchandise, etc. It’s not the same for everyone. But you can’t tell me, one person can do it, and others can’t.

      Many people may lead to a bitter ends, but I’m trying to motivate people to work hard for what they want. And what I’m hearing from you is, “don’t try cause you wont succeed”. Your a doubter, and I encourage everyone to try to prove you wrong. I may be wrong for that. But people doubt me as well, and I’m not going to let anyone tell me I can’t do something.

      Thanks for the response.

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