I played since 7, professionally since 11. Jazz, Flamenco, Bossa. Nylon-string guitar. I played electric and MIDI guitars, but I'm back to the basics. I can do a solo act, but when a client requests an ensemble, I use other musicians. I'm not a fan or rehearsals and when I call musicians to play with me, I expect them to know the basics and we can improvise or build up from there. For such kind of act, you may have surmised that I do lots of standards. I'm extremely easy going, but I'm a bitch for punctuality and good presentation. Thank God I found only good people/musicians in my way. I composed, but find easier (to sell) to play standards. I'm in iTunes and Amazon, check me out
life, I make a living on my craft. I do wedding ceremonies and cocktails, corporate events, birthdays, funerals (yes, they hire you for this, too), baptisms, baby showers and whatever celebration.
listening my music in the radio, Sirius Watercolors or the Sinatra Station. That would lead of course to more sales on-line. In a nutshell, living of my recorded music.
making musical instrument much more available than guns
Rippingtons, Four Play, Peter White, Lee Ritenour, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Segovia, Paco de Lucia
Makes me happy, bringing some happiness to others
To me, is just expressing beauty with the tools at hand, in my case, the guitar.
I feel the empathy with part of the audience, those who really savor what I do.
actually, the field has been leveled, but big money is still needed to make a big success. Some get lucky or have a rare talent. Others comprise a great team, a matter of being in the right place at the right time.
It's letting musicians communicate, that's nice for a change
other musicians asking ^&% for their work, lowering the standards and the salaries. Also, seeing how certain non-musical styles flourish while others barely survive
I cannot do much, making a living on this doesn't leave me much time (most gigs are on weekends and/or evenings)
a musician has also to be an audio and recording technician, also needs connections, a team (which is not free): actors (to make videos), video and editing people, knowledge of the media and social nets, too much
too many and I know them personally, some would get offended if I skip them