If I ever were to get a non-instrumental band off the ground, I’d want to do it right… But, it would also come secondary to my full time job. There virtually no conceivable way I could make what I do from music that I do working my full time job from what I’ve heard about the music industry, short of, like, headlining arena tours, and even then, as a new band I’d probably get shafted there too. There’s just no money left in music anymore.
So, if I were ever to make a run at it in a proper band, my goal wouldn’t be to “make it,” exactly… but, just to dominate the local scene. Like, “If you want to see one band in Boston, this is the band you need to catch.” The odds of finding a group of like minded musicians, though - diciplined, hard working, but no aspirations beyond releasing albums and gigging locally and maybe a couple times a year all taking a day off and gigging out of the area, but nothing beyond that - who happen to be into the same kind of stuff as me is essentially nil.
So, I just do my own solo thing. It’s fun, I made a small amount of money off my first album, and I’m hoping to at least break even on the next. That’s enough for me.