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Old 03-16-2007, 03:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Professional Musicians! HELP

I'm currently in college for a computer science degree. I realized earlier this year I dont want to be a computer scientist. I dont want a job in IT. I want a job in music. Im seriously considering dropping out of college and just going for it. whats the plan?

I'm in a band right now and we play very well together. we have good energy, and the three shows we've played have blown away our audiences. We are very different from all the other local bands around here, we're not emo, metal, dub-rock, or straight punk. We have an original sound, and when people ask what type of music we play i dont know how to answer. My plan is to get popular around here so that we can network with people. I've personally seen bands around here go from playing for 20-30 people to having a record deal and touring throughout california. These bands are not better than us, they are just different. Talent-wise we're definitely on par.

The music scene in my college town is great. all the houses have student residents and parties happen every weekend. We are planning on playing at least 5 shows next quarter (10 weeks, 5 shows). Next year we have 3 or 4 houses on the main party street who want us playing there. Our other goal is to record a demo. I have talked to a few guys around here who have that capability, but they haven't seen us yet (who really believes someone that they've never seen). Thats why we need to play more shows.

what should I do? I dont see the need for a degree in CS when i plan on being a musician. Any advice?
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Old 03-16-2007, 03:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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get the degree. At least finish college before you try to make money off being a musician, your gonna want something to fall back on.
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Do both
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Old 03-16-2007, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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take up music tech, t'is fun...
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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might be wise to stick it out and get the degree just incase u need something to fall back on
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah get the degree first make some money and then spend every other waking minute playing music. If you want a degree in music go for it. It will help you. But don't waste your university career yet.
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I reckon you should do both. My mate who is pretty awesome at bass, wants to play music for his career, but he's still doing a degree in medicinal chemistry, so he has something to fall back on.
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