Surrealpolitik

The Music Industrial Complex

Updated: January 6, 2016 12:47:47 PM

By John Schoneboom

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I'm a writer with an interest in all aspects of how we construct, filter, protect, and subject ourselves to reality. My first novel Fontoon was published...

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John Schoneboom
February 18, 2016 08:18:29 PM
Hi Malu, nice to see you! All I know is, regardless of what's going on in the larger culture and various money-related pressures, it's good to make music and more generally to pursue what you love doing. The happiest people I know, and who for whatever reason seem to be if not the richest, then the most comfortable with their material circumstances, are the ones who did not abandon their loves entirely to pursue some sensible dreary career they had essentially no real interest in. Nobody wants to be insecure and struggling all the time, but one of the best ways to be insecure and struggle a lot is to put money front and center as a value. Keep expenses low and be the person you want to be. Life's too short for anything else right?

I also don't think there's anything wrong with making extremely commercial and wildly popular music -- it's nice work if you can get it!

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