Let me tell you straight up, being a musician in Toronto, or anywhere for that matter, isn’t easy. The Toronto music scene is alive and well, and people are always on the lookout for new talent, the next big thing. That’s great, but it also means I have to be on my toes all the time.
It’s a Job
People ask me what’s the secret to becoming successful in the business, and I always give the same answer: being a musician is a job. Some people think it’s all about wine, women and song, but I can tell you right now it doesn’t work that way. I have to do promotions, send out press kits, promote my stuff on the web, write songs, record and of course put on a good show.
It’s not as easy as it sounds, because while it’s a job it’s not like a regular 9 to 5 where you get off at 5 and have the weekend off. In my case the day can end at 3 in the morning following an evening show, and after a few hours of sleep I need to get up and promote my new single on the radio, online or go to the recording studio.
And that’s just for starters. It’s one thing to do nightly shows here in Toronto, but I also go on the road and do shows throughout Canada, and believe me, spending hours on the road and rocking it up at night can be taxing. I’m not saying it’s no good; I love being a musician, but I just want to show you that it’s not as easy as some folks make it out to be. You still have to work.
Prepare for the Unexpected
One of the things that I’ve learned as a Toronto musician is that you have to be prepared for the unexpected. One time I was in such a hurry to go to the studio that I managed to lock myself out of my house. I never thought it would happen to me, but it did, and I felt panic because I didn’t have a duplicate key.
Fortunately my manager was able to get in touch with a local Toronto locksmith who helped me get the the door open. That only happened to me once, but once was enough so now I got the locksmith’s number on my mobile in case something happens.
Getting locked out of my own house was unusual, but it’s part of the life of a Toronto musician. I also have had to put up with disputes among band members, glitches during the show, promo mix ups and the occasional drunk in the crowd. Most of the time the Toronto crowd is nice, which is why I like to do shows here, but every now and then there’s an unruly guy or a commotion in the audience.
But for all the struggles, I love being a musician, and I wouldn’t exchange it for anything else. It’s fun, frenetic, and more than a little crazy yeah, but I won’t have it any other way.