Weekend Warriors – Reality Check
Updated: Jan 3
In a few of my blog posts thus far, I have shared experiences about performing with my band here in Bavaria. I thought it might be interesting to share the realities of being a part-time or hobby musician. Our first show of this year was on January 4th. So, to confirm my point that one must have a real love and passion to be a part-time musician, here is a summary of that day. (which is pretty typical for any time we perform).
12:30 p.m. Created and printed set lists.
1:30 p.m. Picked out a cool outfit for the evening
2:30 p.m. Prepped and packed equipment at home
3:30 p.m. Loaded equipment from practice room into vehicles
4:30 p.m. Arrived at the venue for load-in and sound check
6:45 p.m. Walked home to shower and put on rock star clothes (a lot of the places we play are within walking distance of home, as 3 of the band members live in the city)
7:45 p.m. Walked back to the venue
8:30 p.m. Show begins (perform 32 songs)
12:00 p.m. Show ends – begin equipment tear down
1:00 a.m. Depart venue (now it is snowing, walk home with my guitar on my back)
Next Day: Meet at Tom’s house (this is where we store our gear) to carry equipment back to practice room on the 3rd floor (American 3rd floor – Germans call it the 2nd floor in that the ground floor is zero)
All in all, this totals about 12 hours including the performance. I am not going to share with you what the pay was per musician after we split the hat because you would definitely think we all are crazy. I will just say you have to love it to do it. So now back to the real world, so we can earn enough money to keep enjoying being part-time rock stars.