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Steffan Goldmann’s Don’t Give Up the Day Job Dystopian Future

Reported by JontySkrufff on April 28, 2011

Macro Records owner Stefan Goldmann published a fascinating though somewhat bleak assessment of the state of the electronic music industry last week, in which he suggested the ‘so-called “democratization” of making music has lead to a ‘widespread de-professionalization’ of the music industry.

Defining professionals as those able ‘to make a living off the music instead of funding a hobby through an undesirable day job’, he suggested ‘even electronic music’s top and near-top level artists . . . are (nowadays) never safe’ and was even harsher about the prospects for those not already successful.

“Your mind will be occupied with other stuff instead of exploring the areas of sound where it gets deep,” the German DJ/ producer continued, discussing music producers still maintaining day jobs, “To be able to create stuff that outlasts two weeks, you’ll need to go full time at some point,” he advised (littlewhiteearbuds ).

His emphasis on the financial difficulties associated with living and working in music, however, made little reference to the lifestyle benefits and happiness such lifestyles often provide beyond a passing reference to ‘screaming fans and free drinks’.

The issue of deciding between day jobs and artistic pursuits was also famously explored by Winston Churchill over 100 years ago, who, speaking to Dracula author Bram Stoker made no reference at all to the financial implications of deciding what activities to pursue.

“A man must choose his own way of life, and . . . it is only by following out one’s own bent (enthusiasms) that there can be the really harmonious life,” the then 32 year old already legendary adventurer suggested.

“Harmonious life. A life when a man’s work is also his pleasure and vice versa. That conjunction, joined with a buoyant temperament, makes the best of worldly gifts,” he continued.

Explaining that by ‘buoyant temperament’ he meant good health, strength’ and lots of other things’ the future British Prime Minister was clear of the importance of creative fulfilment.

“The great majority of human beings have to work the greater part of the day, and then amuse themselves afterwards – if they are not too tired,” he noted, “But the lucky few derive their keenest interest and enjoyment not from any contrast between business and idle hours – but from the work itself.” (Happiness-Project: )

The notoriously hardcore British Prime Minister reputedly used amphetamines, barbiturates and liquor frequently throughout his 5 year Second World War campaign against Hitler and remained an aficionado of fine whisky until his death.

On his last flight to America in 1954, at the age of 80, he rewrote his own distinctive breakfast menu after being dissatisfied with the airline’s effort, revealing a passion for fresh fruit ‘Poached egg, Toast, Jam, Butter and aperitifs.’

"It shows what a hearty breakfast he ate and it was all washed down with a whisky, after which he smoked a cigar,” Richard Westwood-Brookes, an air steward on the flight who sold the document last year, told the Daily Telegraph.

"It is the type of indulgence we've come to associate with Churchill and it reassuring to know he ate so well in his 80th year,” he added. (More Winstone quotes: “Bessie Braddock: Sir, you are drunk.’ Churchill: ‘And you, madam, are ugly. But in the morning, I shall be sober . . .’. “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm . . .”.) (Related famous quotes: “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” - Arnold Toynbee: ‘"... We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” - Charles Bukowski, . . . 

"Change is more often a rapid transition between two stable states than a continuous transformation at slow and steady rates. . . .Change occurs in large leaps following a slow accumulation of stress that a system resists until it reaches the breaking point. Heat water, and it eventually boils. Oppress the workers more and more and bring on the revolution." -Stephen Jay Gould . . .’)

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