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Do you play the Saxophone professionally?

Are you signed to a record company?

Are you music teachers?

Is playing sax just your passion?

I am in high school, a junior, going to be a senior (hopefully). I am in the school's hip hop based band which I made a thread about before. I play the Alto, Soprano, & Tenor sax & love them all but with the Alto a slight edge over the other two. I want to play music, sometimes I wonder if the music bussness is as fun as it looks.

How hard is it to get to get signed to a record label?
 

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I am a CNC machinist / programmer by day.

I play shows with my band Spoonshine about twice a week and we practice once a week as well. Even being a dedicated weekend warrior takes a lot of work and sacrifice. We usually stay pretty local (not too many shows with more than a 6-7 hour drive) and it's a nice supplement to our household income.

Our guitarist plays in another Duo project and teaches on the side. He's able to pay the bills with music (he's a pretty exceptional musician as well), but I don't think that I could do it.

I don't really have much to offer in the way of how to get signed to a label--we've financed all of our own recordings and releases.
 

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JazzItUp said:
How hard is it to get to get signed to a record label?
Not too difficult to get signed, but look in the discount bin sometime. Those guys were signed too. The difficulty is getting a living wage.
 

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By day: a student at THE Ohio State University, studying Social Sciences and Education, and a bicycle mechanic

By Night: a teaching and performing saxophonist. Im not signed and not really trying all that hard to be signed, but if someone picks me up, or a group Im with, well I'll go with it
 

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Musician, multi instrumentalist, studio player, teacher, part time repairer, mpc refacer, sometimes labourer, painter, etc.........If you play music full time, have cd's out or play on others cd's you still need to find a regualr income whilst you wait for the cheques to come in. Teaching is the bread and butter income for any pro musician with a family. Gone are the days when you could live on gigs alone.

You may still be able to do this if your wife works but the grief that this brings to the relationship is immense. I have seen far too many of these types of relationships break down usually due to pressure being applied to the party who isn't doing their full share of bringing home enough cash.

The glory days of being able to live as a musician only are long since gone. Fame and glory are but there for a short time but bills, kids, mortgages last for a long time. (at the moment it feels like it will go on forever).
 

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Video Producer, VoiceOver guy (corporate, industrial, elearning etc type work) play for my own enjoyment at the moment, left the band more than a year ago, some fill in work here and there.
 

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Primarily a composer and conductor...

...and anything else that brings in income, which means I also teach music part-time in a local school, have private students, run two community bands and I scab out arrangements under the radar for various bands.

I consider myself a hobby saxophonist, although that includes playing principal alto in the regional wind ensemble, solo tenor or lead alto in area big bands and saxes/flute in pop bands.
 

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Camp mower/maintainence personel extrodranaire

Soon to be college student at IU to learn how to teach math, so I can afford to be a musician.
 

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College student, freelance gig artist (just made that title up:D, means that ill take gigs for money, even though I pretty much suck). Also, deck refinisher extroardinaire (who cares about the spelling, also made up title). Had to refinish my deck this summer... just finished today.
 

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Bootman said:
Gone are the days when you could live on gigs alone.

You may still be able to do this if your wife works but the grief that this brings to the relationship is immense. I have seen far too many of these types of relationships break down usually due to pressure being applied to the party who isn't doing their full share of bringing home enough cash.

The glory days of being able to live as a musician only are long since gone. Fame and glory are but there for a short time but bills, kids, mortgages last for a long time. (at the moment it feels like it will go on forever).
Jazzitup you'd be wise to take Bootman's advise to heart. There's a mountain of wisdom and real world experience in his post.

The other side of the coin would be to live like myself. Never have any kids, never marry or even think of doing that, no car payments, small house payment and no responsibilities to speak of. I still make a good living running a hospital lab by myself at night as a med tech, so I don't have to do without, but still I prefer to keep my life as simple as possible to make time for practicing and sitting in on jams and really enjoying music as opposed to turning it into a daily scuffle to pay the bills.

The only thing that matters is if you really want to play music bad enough. Even if you have a full time job you can find a profession where you have really good hours that are compatible with playing music. There's no reason that someone with a regular job couldn't live a simple life like I mentioned earlier in my post with minimal responsibilities and really do a great job of being a musician as well. As far as getting signed that all depends on what you have to offer. If you want to be signed as a straight jazzman you'd better get used to practicing 10 hours a day. Some of the other more popular styles could be more attractive to a music company, but even then you're going to have to show something pretty unique as an instrumentalist.
 

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I'm a Systems Analyst by trade. I lack the talent to be anything other than a hobbyist musician. I've been lucky enough to form a few bands over the years with guys who were much better players.

Latest effort - www.horndogsband.com/mp3/TheLetter.mp3
 

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Bootman said:
You may still be able to do this if your wife works but the grief that this brings to the relationship is immense. I have seen far too many of these types of relationships break down usually due to pressure being applied to the party who isn't doing their full share of bringing home enough cash.
The flip side to this argument is when you do make enough money to cover more than your share of the bills, but never see your spouse. That isn't a marriage. I was there for a few years and didn't much care for never seeing my wife except in the audience at concerts and various gigs.

I was a full time musician playing violin for the most part and doing pit work and big bands on single reeds. I taught strings, single reeds and percussion part time at a private music school and strings at a local college. I wore out several good cars doing all of this.

I am now a full time stay at home dad who does occasional gigs (just the good ones) and plays in local groups for fun.
 

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I make and repair flutes, part time college teacher and conduct community bands none of which makes money so I dabble in real estate.
 

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I'm an up and coming professional audio engineer. Currently working for the Utah Shakespearean Festival as their Lead Audio Tech, mixing the *world premier* of Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, based on the play of the same name by Ken Ludwig.

When I get done here, I will return home and will be working as a freelance engineer, and as a stage hand and audio tech with the IATSE Local 354 in Tulsa.

JazzItUp said:
How hard is it to get to get signed to a record label?
Dude, this is the internet age, start your OWN record company!
 

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I work - mostly from home - as a copywriter, translator and marketing consultant out here in Rome, Italy!

Sax started as a late bloomer about 4 years ago after years spent on guitar strings ;-)

Now try to practice at least an hour a day (impossible with my one year old around), play in a band once a week for about 2 hrs. and gig once in a blue moon when somebody is willing to host us !

cheers,
Laurence
 
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