Photo of Andrew W.K. taken by Andrew Strasser.
On this blog we’re usually sharing practical, actionable advice that can help you move your music career forward one step at a time: creating better Facebook events, booking smarter tours, recording an album on a tight budget, etc.
But there’s something that’s often more important to defining and achieving success as a musician: your mindset. In that department, Andrew W.K. has done my job for me this week, and I thought we could all crash his soul-deep self-help party!
In his advice column for The Village Voice, the “Party Hard” singer fields this question:
Since I was very young, I’ve always wanted to be a successful musician. I have practiced and played in many bands and done everything I can to get my music out there, but the dream of making it big just seems to get further away and more impossible. I feel like I should just give up, but I love music so much and want to succeed at it. How can I get there? How can I be a really successful musician?
Striving For Success
Here’s how Andrew W.K. begins his response:
The traditional modern concept of success — being the measurement of monetary income as the primary indicator of effort and mastery in a certain field — is essentially a scam, a con, and a lie. To equate success with an amount of money earned, or an amount of fame achieved, is at best an unfortunate miscomprehension of the very nature of success. At worst, it’s a malicious distortion. Read more »