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RE: Professional Loopers
Subject: Re: Professional Loopers
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Interesting reading, this loop on those of us making a living from live
Question -- this sounds so blunt and naive but -- how do you do it?
I make my living writing for TV, have done some solo shows at the Knitting
Factory and Guggenheim Museum in NY, but can't seem to get past the "do a
show for my friends and acquaintances" stage -- any hints?
the situation for Europe and the States is always quite different and not
comparable. Germany alone used to have about 350 jazz clubs with almost
daily live programms plus all these festivals. That has been changing for
the worse during the ninetees, mainly because cultural funding is drying
up. I hear the situation has increasingly gotten better in the US, are the
Americans after all starting to spend their own tax money on art/music :-)?
Part of my survival trip has always been to consciously following my own
path musically (being 'the artist') while trying to maintain general
musical chops as well (also being an 'allround pro'). Needless to say that
this is a thin line to try and follow with plenty detours.
But while people in the first world can go and persue their music as pros
or at least can get decent jobs and own about three times as much
than those guys ;-) there are players I met in Moskow, Manila or Khartoum
that have a so much harder time to get their act together, probably
shelling out a weeks pay for a set of D'Addarios....and making some great
We are LUCKY, man!