Our life is not nearly as glamorous as we would like you to think. Unlike big name bands, there is no entourage following us around and taking care of all of our regular guy stuff for us. This means that some of the time we could be spending cutting new tracks and going to gigs is spent doing pretty mundane things, just like you.
Cleaning the House
None of us have made it to maid service yet, so unless we are doing a bunch of gigs out of town we are still responsible for keeping our digs clean. Of course there are a few of us that could use some help in this area still, (empty pizza boxes pile up quick) so if you know of anyone looking to get paid in band T-shirts we might be able to work out a deal.
Band can not live on pizza alone. We have to go to the supermarket every once in a while just like you do. This is probably one of the most boring parts of our week, having to traverse up and down aisles of stuff and pick out what we think we will need. Of course this also includes getting supplies to keep the house clean. The idea of a personal shopper like other bands have seems like a really good idea.
We have the groceries, now what? If we lived on take-out we would quickly go through our guitar string and microphone money so we have had to learn how to cook for ourselves. This has resulted in some rather interesting concoctions that resemble meat but taste like something completely different. It might be time to make the time and start checking out some recipe ideas on-line.
Well, in our case it’s a van, but we still have to take care of it. This means someone has to check the oil, make sure there is enough air in the tires and figure out what that clanking noise is when we turn (maybe time to head over to a used car shop like Konig?). Give me a broken amp, and I can fix it. But none of us have any clue when it comes to our bands van, so every few months we have to take it to a car repair shop. We have been using a car repair shop in Calgary regularly and that has worked out well for us. They like our music so we keep them happy with free band stuff when we have it.
Some of us actually do have very unglamorous day jobs that keep us going month to month. We have not yet reached that super band status, which will allow us to leave the dishwashing apron on the side and focus only on making our great music. Someday.
Just starting out is tough and we have learned that even with a great group of dedicated fans we still have get by day to day just like everyone else. Hopefully this makes us appreciate it even more when we finally do hit the big time.