How To Make Money As A Musician In 2019

In today’s music industry, you don’t have any excuses to not be making money as a musician. And neither do I.

Whether you prefer to play live shows or stay in the studio, there are ways moola can come streaming in.

So here’s how to make money as a musician in 2019 (16 ways!).

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3 Of The Best (And Cheapest) Microphones For Home Recording

I’m a cheap guy. I hate spending money, but I also want quality.

So it’s tough when it comes to getting the right microphones for my home recording studio.

My microphones (via Instagram)

Whether you’re a novice engineer or a more accomplished producer, these mics can work for you.

So here are three microphones I’ve recorded with, all reasonably priced.

Audio-Technica AT2035 — $150

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The Audio-Technica AT2035 was my first mic. I’ve used this to record all of my music — it’s been a solid friend for me.

This mic records out of just the one side of itself (aka cardioid or uni-directional). It’s a large diaphragm condenser mic, which means it will make your instrument sound bigger, more engaging, and really just more beautiful and professional.

This mic is good for vocals or acoustic guitar (as I can attest to).

Bluebird — $300

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The Bluebird is also a large diaphragm cardioid mic, but this one gets a way better sound than the AT2035. It picks up a clear and defined sound that’s still super warm. This one is also great for vocals and guitar.

I have to admit, I don’t actually own this one — I borrow my friend’s. But $300 is a great price for what you get.

Shure SM58 — $100

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The SM58 is like the loyal friend who’s always there for you. People use this mic for live performances, but it’s also good in the studio.

You can pretty much use it on any instrument — guitar, vocals, drums. It’s all about testing it out to see what it sounds good recording in the room you’re in. For just a $100, it’s a great investment (that I should really make).

Have you used any of these mics? What do you think of them? Let me down in the comments…

Gain 1,000 True Fans, Make A Living From Your Art

If you’re looking to make a living with your craft (musician, painter, photographer, etc.), you need just 1,000 dedicated fans, according to the 1,000 True Fans theory.

The theory says that to make your art your day job, you don’t need to be discovered on YouTube or win The Voice.

You simply need to earn and keep solid fans.

The point of this strategy is to say that you don’t need a hit to survive…[the 1,000 True Fans theory] is an alternate destination for an artist to aim for.

A True Fan is “someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce” and “will drive 200 miles to see you sing.”

The basic concept is that each true fan will spend a certain amount of money on you on a consistent basis, which then gives you a steady income.

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For example, a True Fan may spend $100 per year to support you. If you have 1,000 of those fans, that comes out to a $100,000 salary for the year.

And 1,000 is not that big of a number. As the theory states:

If you added one fan a day, it would take only three years. True Fanship is doable. Pleasing a True Fan is pleasurable, and invigorating. It rewards the artist to remain true, to focus on the unique aspects of their work, the qualities that True Fans appreciate.

So, as my song states, work hard.

Keep chuggin’ away, do things to secure your fans’ trust, and soon you could be swapping your office chair for a stage or studio.

Album Review: Allen Stone’s “Radius”

Returning with another nearly unfiltered soul-funk album, Allen Stone presents Radius, which came out May 26.

He doesn’t seem to filter how he’s irked about America and our current society, and he should have no reason to add effects to his Stevie-Wonder-like voice.

“Nowadays, studios manipulate it,” he told the Seattle Times. “It’s like the photo of the girl you see on the magazine. It’s a nice representation of the girl, but it’s not the girl. That’s what records are nowadays.”

This record feels more like my actual voice.

– Allen Stone


I embedded Perfect World above because I think it should be your first impression of this album and him. The rest of the record is available pretty much anywhere you can think of, including YouTube.

“It’s a record I’m really proud of,” he said. “I think my last record felt more like a soul-throwback revue, and maybe I was paying homage to people that I loved while growing up. This record feels more like my actual voice.”

 My Rating:

♦ – One of my current favorites

o – Worth a listen

o – It was okay

o – Not recommended, but go ahead, it’s a free country

o – Stay away