6 Real Struggles of Indie Musicians Every Fan Should Be Aware Of
by Maria Romero, August 03, 2018 2:07pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
2018 may be the year when bar gigs started to get jam-packed and local concerts began to get sold out. But it is also the time when revolutionary fans want more than just music from the artists—most of the times these fans also want pieces of the artists' ~apparently fancy~ lives, too.
Imagine going home with a beaten body after a long day at work only to find out that your inbox has been bombed with personal questions. In this age of social media, fans are eager to know all the private deets they could sniff out of you as if giving them music wasn’t enough. News flash: Sending remarks of admiration on inboxes are OKAY, but bombing questions about personal lives are a big NO.
So let’s face it, Felicia, there are infinitely realistic aspects of a musician’s life that you must know before you become a full-time and sometimes demanding fan.
- They are musicians, not Gods so stop worshipping bands
This may be a hard pill to swallow but here’s an epiphany from our fave busker Martin Riggs: “Ya'll can go nuts over a band but damn this is music, not religion. Don't go worshipping a band. Support the Local Filipino Music Scene. Understand music and art. Hindi yung crush mo lang. Gahd.”
True enough, they aren’t Gods. They’re just like you, OKAY?
- They have bills to pay and lives to support, too
Tbh, the most popular genre today isn’t pop-punk or alternative pop rock anymore—it’s financial disclosure. That means supporting already-famous and rising bands also meant paying for gigs and concerts.
As KE’s frontman Gab Cabangon put it, “people who ask for free passes during gigs or music festivals are both unfair and disrespectful to artists who are trying to make a living through their music. It kinda shows that these people do not think very highly of music as a profession.”
It’s a shame if up to this day, you still ask for free passes.
- They want star remarks from you
When Benny James Giron said: “Sa experience ko with BennyBunnyBand, sobrang saya. Pangarap kasi namin lahat ‘yung nangyari at mangyayari pa sa amin bilang banda. S’yempre, ‘yung ‘di alam ng iba, karamihan ay nagsisimula sa baba - sa lupa ika nga. Pero bawi naman eh lalo na noong may mga nanonood na sa amin tapos pumupunta talaga sa gig dahil gusto kaming mapanood. Sobrang sarap noon!” WE FELT THAT because just like the little kids we all once were, they want star remarks from us, too to symbolize the recognition that they deserve.
After all, these bands are our best friends during wee hours when we felt like the world is turning its back on us. Right?
- They break a little when they get shoved to make way for somebody more famous
Famous or not, indie or mainstream, every band should share equal terms with one another and we’re 100% sure everyone would agree to this. Gab said that one of the situations that he dislikes in the gig circuit is when organizers and prods shortchange performing artists in which less famous indie artists became the usual victim. “We’ll give you exposure” my face!
As for Benny, he said that their band doesn’t arrive late during gigs (as anyone should), but little did they know that their simple act of actually being on time has become a reason as to why they have to compromise their schedules for the latecomers.
This “palakasan” disease in the music scene must be cured, ASAP!
- They don’t possess superpowers so don’t PRESSURE them every day to make music for you
It’s understandable that new music from bands is like healing mantra But that doesn’t mean that we have to pressure our fave groups EVERY DAY to make new music just to fuel our desire to live. That’s straight up SELFISHNESS.
We asked Run Dorothy’s vocalist Dorothy Cruz about what it’s like to be in a band and she simply said, “Being in a band is both fulfilling and thrilling. There’s pressure when you’re in a band, especially in writing music.”
Again, don’t push bands to satisfy your needs while you’re aware they’re in REAL struggle.
- They love to hear constructive criticisms but hateful words? No thanks.
Criticisms are always fine just as long as those are meant to improve and uplift artists. But if you only come to social media to make long threads dissing artists with all the hateful words you could ever think of, then no thanks. With that, here's a tea from our boy Martin (again): “I hate fans that bash other bands or artists. Learn to appreciate and respect!”
Too real to read, yes? So if the shoe fits, feel free to wear it. But don't stay in it for too long.
While dreaming of making local music known in and out of the country, let’s also aspire to create a healthy environment for both artists and fans alike. So here’s to healthier music (and fan) scene ahead of us! Cheers!