With all the changes in popular music over the decades, the stereotypes about being…
- Posted on Dec 27th 2010 3:00PM by Linda Laban
BRMC just wrapped a European tour and released a live CD/DVD, 'Live in London,' but Been says even all that wasn't guaranteed to put a penny in their pocket. "It's really difficult to make money to keep going anymore," Been says. "We toured around the world five times, the first time just on the one record. Every show was full and we were happy, doing what we thought we should be doing. We get off the road and every dollar went into that."
"The idea for this one, from day one of rehearsing it, was to keep costs down to zero for as long as possible," Been adds of the band's latest album 'Beat the Devil's Tattoo.' "The problem most bands get into and we got into is that you go into debt pretty much as soon as start rehearsing. You're in debt before you've written your first song."
Financial woes aside, Been says there's always the music to keep him going. "The advice I don't ever give to anyone, including myself," he jokes, "is wherever things seem hopeless, just to follow the music. Where the spirit is and the sound and the message, it usually will pull you in the right direction. I know it sounds simplistic, but it's the only thing that keeps me going when nothing makes sense anywhere else. Start from there and if you're drawn to a certain feeling or band, you follow that. You'll be all right."