20 answers to the questions people ask musicians

Every musician has had to deal with certain questions from folks in our audiences before, after, or during our performances. We appreciate the interest, but at times, giving the same answers can become a bit tedious. Therefore, to assist both the musicians and those that are curious, here’s a list of responses to twenty common questions musicians get from non-musicians. You can probably figure out what the questions are.

Perhaps a musician's version of this toy would help answer these questions more easily.

Perhaps a musician’s version of this toy would help answer these questions more easily.

  1. My favorite artists? The ones that make good music.
  2. Sorry, I don’t know the song you’re humming, and humming it louder won’t make me suddenly remember it.
  3. No, I didn’t get this good by just watching YouTube videos.
  4. How did I get this gig? Basically, by being responsible and reliable.
  5. You want me to play where? For how many hours? No, thanks.
  6. No, telling me that your event will give me great exposure won’t change my mind.
  7. Sorry, “food provided” won’t change it either.
  8. No, I can’t write you a song off the top of my head. It doesn’t work like that.
  9. Yes, practicing is part of my job. You’re not just paying me for the gig, you’re paying for the preparation.
  10. Yes, this is the car I drive. No, it’s not like the ones in the music videos.
  11. Yes, I believe God likes loud music. Check your Bible. It’s in there.
  12. No, I don’t have a ______(style you usually perform) song as my ringtone. Don’t judge me.
  13. Yes, I carry my instrument everywhere. Would you leave your baby alone in the house? It’s like that.
  14. No, I don’t always come to your event to play. Sometimes I just want to support.
  15. Yes, I will continue to make random references to songs you’ve never heard. It’s what I do.
  16. Yes, I appreciate your tips.
  17. Yes, I wish it was more than a dollar.
  18. No, I can’t just pick up the phone and connect you to famous artists.
  19. Yes, I’ve always wanted to be a musician. I wouldn’t deal with all this if I didn’t want to.
  20. Yes, music is my real job. It’s not a hobby. It’s a profession.


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