Does the music industry have an age limit? What kind of obstacles do older musicians face in the music industry? Does their genre of music matter? Share your thoughts about age and the music industry - if it matters, why it matters and how older musicians can get around music business ageism.Share Your Thoughts
It doesn't matter now a days.
- Ok, here's how I see things. With today's technology and internet access you are able to put up your music and reach people world wide with your songs. It's a DIY kinda world we live in. Social media, video upload websites, and iTune accounts take care of distribution of your material. You really don't need a record label anymore. One good song to go viral and it's on. Mackrelmore was in his late 20' or early 30's when he went viral with his hit song "thrift shop" so, yeah... It doesn't matter now a days. Put your stuff out there, cuz some people will dig it. I think "AWOL NATION ' s" song "SAIL" sucks big hairy balls, but some people love it!
- —Guest Jake Steele
Can a brilliant artist get signed at 41?
- I am a 42 year old independent singer songwriter. I've had sessions on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4, I've recorded in Maida Vale in London and I've sold about 10,000 albums all as an independent. Still, there is a potential audience of millions out there (my music is accessible to all) and without the backing of a major label and it's capital I will only ever reach a small percentage of my potential listeners. While this gives me a living and while I have achieved loads as an independent artist, I know realistically I need more financial backing to really hit a wider audience. I never chased the industry and made it work anyway so that I could create and record the kind of music I wanted to. But I'm now realising I could do with industry backing and fearing already that they wont be interested (despite my fanbase and my success) in signing me as I am 41. I REALLY want to be the person that breaks the perception that older is uncool where the music industry is concerned. We'll see!!
- —Guest Ratty
- I'm 65 years old, have been playing music for a living since I was 19. I currently play 5 nights a week at a piano bar in an upscale casino in NV. Young people come in, and love that I play songs from the 30's thru the 80's. you have to redefine what 'making it' means. Playing music has paid off my house and raised my family.
- —Guest Piano Bar
- I am 57 play sax have good days and not so good but I play because I need to have an outlet for my creative drive. Don't wan to make money bug will if I can. Do it do it do it stop thinking so much
- —Guest flutesax man
It doesn't matter to real music lovers
- Shallow hipster douche bags may be dicks about critizing bands and image. If the music is great, who cares! I've seen bands my age, younger, and older that played amazing music. I didn't worry how old they are?! It's petty shit I tell ya'! Music rules over all. Leave all the image shit to the pop stars! Everything else in music doesn't matter. Like my nighbor said to me, "the only people in the world who worry about aging are women and gay guys. Which one are you?" BTW, I'm 23 years old.
- —Guest Young Turk
- If you were famous when young, like Clapton, age is not a big deal, as people remember you the way you were. But if you never made it, the music biz has no place for geezers, as there's no money to be made off you. Plus, if you were really that good, something would have happened for you. Keep trying if you want - it's still basically a free country. And there's always Social Security Disability if it comes down to that.
- —Guest Big Ed
Never to old
- I 'am a singer,song writer and producer currently I attend Berklee college of music for mastering with protoools. I'am 36years of age I dream of becoming successful in the industry ...I never had doubt but, I began to think I'am i to old until 2 things happened I began to see a lot of successful musician that are not famous here in Dallas Tx but very successful millionaires and 2 I looked in wikipedia and looked up a neo soul sing by the name of Kem Owens he didn't make it until he was 35 and until this day he is backed by a major label a the age of 43 . Here is my contact for anybody that want to contact me : email@example.com
- —Guest Morrisj
Never 2 Old
- I produced music on and off since 2003ish. I gave up my dream because I THOUGHT I was fooling myself and too old at 30, 31, 32.33 etc. Now I'm 38 & Thanks to the overwhelming out poor of positiveness on this forum, I'm back! I also would like to thank everyone who shared their story, expirence & insight. Thank you all for breathing new life back into me. God bless yoi all..
- —Guest Alfredo Watson
You've got to be kidding me.
- I can think of countless older musicians that no young musician could touch. I know, I used to be one of the younger ones. I've spent my life studying and being inspired by the older pros. I keep practicing and keep improving. Are you sure your talking about true musicians and not pop flake wannabes. It's music, not a sport. If your dedicated, you continuously become a better musician. Now if you're referring to the crap they feed you on lame-stream radio, that's a different story.
- —Guest Ace
I'm an older musician
- I'M an r&b jazz snd funk artist at the age of 55and I love what I do.
- —Guest Kenn Johnson
We older musicians are on the internet
- Music. I have been at it, off and on, my whole life. I stopped telling my age after around twenty four years old. Now, here is what I have to say. Music is a fantasy house that we artists build around ourselves. Sometimes we let it go into disrepair, and it begins to disappear, leaving us cold. Success is keeping your music home standing , and painted all around you. Then find an audience. The internet can come in handy for that. You can find my music here: http://soundcloud.com/vr_hallock
never to old
- Never to old to go out and play or enjoy the ride. Enjoy it and so will the audience. Just do it people x
- —Guest mad Dave
If the song Rocks!! Then it Rocks!!!!
- And people will like it. It doesn't matter who old the fogey was who wrote it. Music is a free spirit that does not discriminate. (Although the music industry might) But even then if you write a song that rocks, even they won't be able to deny it.
- —Guest Bought my first electric at 37.
on the mend,awaiting to departe,BIG BEAT
- The thoughts of all that keep themselves inspired and in the idiosyncrasy of personality and never be misled to think that fame and fortune are not attainable in this digital mayhem. NEVERGIVEUPTHEDREAM! In my mind I come correct, the plane to receive, brings best of the bad to determinate. If I cared as I once lived, my soul bleeds the blessing I seek of myself. The book of reels sends the signal of the sound that separate a dream from the awake,a click track from a train wreck and the pain of failure that can not succeed. This mind speak helps me remember why I will keep the fire HOT. I am a big fan of the traditional grip and will always use it. The speed factor is all too apparent. I bring that with me from my experience in school bands. Take notice of Buddy Rich,Neil Peart,Steve Gadd,Vinnie C.,Steve Smith and again too many more to mention. To all my Brothers and Sisters the Dream that you are Dreaming,is REAL.Keep the faith stay strong and remember, perfect practice makes perfect
- —Guest Chris Taylor
band members from 22 to 65
- I am the keyboard player and band manager of a very successful local country band in Arizona. My husband, who us our drummer, started the band with a couple friends of ours about 7 years ago. The players and singers have changed through the years, bit I always strive to keep the same sound. It works. We play nearly every weekend and have to turn down a lot of gigs. We have a girl and guy lead singers who are 22 and 30 something. Our guitar player and bass player are 60, and our drummer is 52. We have high energy. In many videos you can see me jumping around while playing the keyboards. Did I mention I am 65. To me age doesn't matter, at least for a local band. We play new country and classic country so try to meet the needs of all our fans.The most important thing to have is talent and a true love of music, as well as a love for the people who come out to hear you play.
- —Guest Paula Tilson