I release my own music for now but I finally have some promising prospective coconspirators.
Question 1: Everything. Question 2: Everything.
To do this full time
Ban crappy radio music
Into the Lungs of Hell, Megadeth
The Black Dahlia Murder, Allegaeon, Obscura, Pantera, Nile, Within the Ruins, Ministry, Slayer, Alex Skolnick, Marty Friedman, Muhammed Suicmez
Dave and Rosalie's art/stories, personal experiences, other music
"Hey. Hey you. Go find a mosh pit and don't come out til you've cracked a rib. I don't care if it's yours or not but you owe me a rib."
Well, my reality as a musician is pretty sheltered. I'm pretty secluded by my geography and prevalence of country music and 60 year old classic rock in my area, so it's hard to say. This isn't exactly what the question is asking, but what can and will be improved by my reality as a musician is getting the hell out of here and finding people to play my metal with me!
Pretty sweet so far.
Showing somebody the finished product of my music so they can try out, and getting the comment, "yeah sounds good but if I play with you I'm going to rewrite it because I'm an artist too." To this I say, release your own album then. I did.
There isn't much of one where I live, but I support Metal Night when it comes around.
I would love to know, myself. Fill me in! Please! Lol
Best way I can do that is to link you to my friend Travis Weidow's youtube show, Snake Den Entertainment, for local metal news: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBkrnVwmvLmpkJLtDzx6wjw