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Modern Drummer Magazine occasionally has the Education Team they’ve assembled weigh in on a variety of topics. Most recently: what advice each member would give to a student who’s considering pursuing a career in the music industry.

David Stanoch

David Stanoch

Drummers Mike Sorrentino, Claus Hessler, Jeff Salem, Steve Fidyk, Donny Gruendler, Aaron Edgar, Marko Djordevic, Bill Bachman, Jim Riley, Jeremy Hummel, Marc Dicciani and Joe Bergamini all shared thoughts. As did David Stanoch, whose “gig triangle” concept is valuable to remember and very worth highlighting here.

“As a performer, keep in mind there is a triangle of combinations that most gigs fall into categorically. The three points of the triangle are the music, the people, and the money. A gig where only one of these elements is a positive simply cannot last long because the drag of the negative factors will become unhealthy for you. If you have a gig where all three factors are a positive, you’ve reached musical nirvana!”
– David Stanoch

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BONUS: Read Dave’s comment below this post for his “take on the in-between options between having only one point or all three happening.”
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Gig Triangle

Is/are your current gig(s) fulfilling at least two of those points on the triangle? All three? None? Act accordingly.


Read the entire Modern Drummer post here.