Indie band: Career or hobby?
Indie bands don’t make a living performing at bars and cafes with a $5 cover; Perhaps at a larger venue that can seat a hundred people or festival. I see indie bands making a go of it firstly with a committed band with a shared vision, a brand, a loyal fan base, selling merchandise, and promotion by: word of mouth, utilizing online medias (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and an Official website) to attract a label to sign them. Having an entrepreneurial mind-set will help make an indie band’s product to make a profit. A good framework is to study and emulate successful indie bands who got sign to a major label; such as reading about The Arcane Fire on Wikipedia. I even heard that The Arcane Fire had a huge following on YouTube before signing with Mercury. Grinding it out for a few dollars isn’t a career but a hobby.