Although Grizzly Bear have sold out Radio City Music Hall, life as an Indie band in a time where people don’t buy records anymore is still a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of deal. They haven’t moved into any mansions or bought any private jets and some of them still don’t have health insurance. Via Vulture:
Droste’s covered via his husband, Chad, an interior designer; they live in the same 450-square-foot Williamsburg apartment he occupied before Yellow House. When the band tours, it can afford a bus, an extra keyboard player, and sound and lighting engineers. (That U2 tour had a wardrobe manager.) After covering expenses like recording, publicity, and all the other machinery of a successful act (“Agents, lawyers, tour managers, the merch girl, the venues take a merch cut; Ticketmaster takes their cut; the manager gets a percentage; publishers get a percentage”), Grizzly Bear’s members bring home … well, they’d rather not get into it. “I just think it’s inappropriate,” says Droste. “Obviously we’re surviving. Some of us have health insurance, some of us don’t, we basically all live in the same places, no one’s renting private jets. Come to your own conclusions.”
However, this trend of gauging success by factors other than record sales is extending beyond the realm of Indie music, covering even those on a major label. Via New York Magazine:
The record for the lowest-selling No. 1 albums in the SoundScan era (since 1991) was broken three times in early 2011. Before that, it was broken only three times in sixteen years.
For a breakdown of how Music industry money is changing, head over to NY Mag, here.
And watch the video for Grizzly Bear’s, “Ready, Able,” below.