Subway Music Advice
I was asked to say what advice I might give to somebody who wants to play music in the subway:
First I’d like to say – just do it! Even though it might seem kind of scary to play music in the subway to begin with, you got to just go and do it because once you start – what’s really scary is coming to the space in the subway and all of a sudden you have to start and perform in the middle of the street… but once you get over the initial say, five minutes, then you’ll be fine. So just get over that.
My other advice for playing in the subway is do whatever you love doing. Your love will come across.
Play music in the subway because you want to do exactly that. I see a lot of people who come to play in the subway because they think that it will be easy money. So, they are really there for the money and not for the love of playing music in the subway. They come to the subway, maybe we see them once or twice, and then we never see them again, because they very quickly realize that it isn’t easy money. So you got to do it for the right reason.
I also know people who play music in the subway because they think that this will be a way for them to get “discovered” by a record label, and these people don’t last very long in the subway either. You got to do it for the right reason, and the right reason is that you want to play music in the subway because you want to play music in the subway. Not because you think that this will lead you somewhere else.
And if you have that attitude then it will open things up for you. You will get discovered by all sorts of people – playing in the subway does lead to stuff but only if you’re doing it with a pure intent.
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