We work in an industry with seemingly constant pressure, one where adulation and criticism can be a daily occurrence. Financial and emotional risk are almost a prerequisite for artists and those who seek to champion them, and moreover there is often little security, structure or sense of longevity to much of it. It can be a tough gig, and that’s not always easy to deal with. Fortunately, we are living in a time where people are increasingly open about how difficult it can be, both mentally and physically and on all sides of the equation, from artists and promoters to tour managers and venue owners. Here we consider the specific challenges the industry presents to our wellbeing, and how we can help ourselves and each other to better cope.
The DIY scene in 2019 is as vibrant as ever. Putting on shows, and putting out records, building fanbases and creating art on their own terms, a whole swathe of self-driven artists continue to blaze trails with the punk ethic. But in a time when the internet has enabled a generation to seize the means of production, and at the same time make attention the scarcest of commodities, how do modern artists find an audience?