If you're a musician, you have two options - one, make music for your fans and two, find fans for your music. Sometimes, there comes a third option, which is finding a sweet spot between the two. In the third option, what matters is the weightage given to each of the options. If you could figure the right measure out, there's a high chance of you becoming a reputed musician who is successful financially as well.
To put things in perspective, Indian music thrives and survives significantly on film industry. I would like to call film music as something for the masses and it comes under our first category, which is making music for the fans. The emerging trend of independent musicians and their multi-genre tracks will come under the second category, which is finding fans for the music made. In the latter case, the music is catered for a particular kind of audience and not necessarily for the masses.
Personally, I would love to see the success rate of the third category as it would be an interesting aspect to analyze and develop further. In my case, I'm yet to find that sweet spot between what I can and what I'm supposed to do.
What category do you belong to? Share your thoughts.
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