#143: How Do You Actually Make Money Playing Drums?

Daniel Hadaway - The drum coach

Samuele writes: “I’ve always dreamed to make my passion (playing drums) a job but I never understood how could I live from that, I mean what’s the way to take to get money by the drums?”

Great question and I’ve got a great answer.

 

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Sterling August 15, 2017

Good Advice.
People don’t know that you’re a drummer if they don’t see you drumming. Make your presence known. I know guys who average drummers but great networkers. Also, a lot of people will value professionalism over flashy drumming. Be prompt and be prepared for gigs. This will build your reputation in a positive way.
I get offered paying gigs whenever I play open mics. I also used to host an open mic for a few years. If you host you make money and make connections that might lead to other paying gigs.
Additionally, you WILL need to play covers to make money as a live drummer. I play in paying bands that play originals, but there has to be an equal or greater amount of covers in the setlist.

Sorry to be long winded, but I can really relate to this topic.

Keep up the good work.

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    admin August 16, 2017

    Hey Sterling! Thanks for the comment and for the encouragement! Being prepared for gigs is definitely another piece of the puzzle that I see a lot of drummers miss out on- so it’s good to see you mention that as well!

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