Voices Of The Underground is a series that seeks to explore one question from many different angles. Every week, we will ask one question of many of your favorite music artists. We will post their responses below, and what you will find is that there is never truly one answer to every question, but instead a whole world of ideas that come from simple matters of taste, to deep held beliefs. Our hope is that through this series you are able to see past the promo pictures and the stage persona, and get to know the hearts of believers who are creating music every day.
Need to catch up?
Read Pt.1-What do you love about music?
Read Pt.2- What was your first musical experience?
Read Pt.3-What is your favorite/ultimate song?
Read Pt.4-What is the best live show you have ever seen?
It is rare in this day and age that a musician or a band can really make a living off of playing music. With the music industry swinging the way it is and the economy in the dumps, most up and coming music is made by people who are either splitting their time between and “real” job and their music career, or they simple live like a collage student off of family donations, show garuntees, and any free food they can get their hands on. This week will be the final week of the “getting to know you” potion of Voices of The Underground2, so I thought it would be cool to what are artists would be doing (or are doing) when they are arnt making music.
Joining us this week is another member of Tooth & Nail Records newcomers The Letter Black. This time around it is lead vocalist Sarah, and both her and Mark will have new a new EP, entitled Breaking The Silence, due out at the end of the month.
If you hadn’t gotten into music, what would see yourself doing as a job?
I would probably be doing finance / accounting work in some capacity. I have always loved numbers – I have always loved managing money. I imagine I would be doing something in that field. I have also loved working in the restaurant industry. I would possibly still bartend somewhere if I wasn’t doing music full-time.
Unfortunately this question does not apply to me. I do not play music as a career. I would absolutely love to but It’s tough. Other than Yours For Mine though, I’m pretty involved with a collegiate ministry called Aletheia. It’s a college focused church movement with the goal of reaching college students around the nation (and the world) for Christ. Music is a big part of Aletheia as well so I get to do music through that outlet too. I think I’ll always be involved with music somehow.
I actually don’t have a “music career” per se’. I’m a Pastor. I pastor a church in Tampa called Watermark, and I write music for the church. They only reason people are hearing it is because Come&Live! Records approached me about putting it out.
Even if I wasn’t a musician I’d still be a preacher. I know it sounds weird, but I LOVE theology. I love to study it, preach it, wrestle over it, and debate it. God is huge, and there is nothing more that I would like to do than preach the Gospel.
This sounds crazy but when I was a kid all I wanted to be was a Professional Mascot. In high school I was a Tiger, in college I was Bobby the Bearcat, and one year into college I became the back up mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs, KC Wolf. When I go home from tour I usually pick up a few appearances as KC Wolf, so if you ever see a Chiefs game on television and see a big fat wolf on the side lines it just might be me..haha.
Well, I didn’t want to to music that much as a career when I first started this when I was 17, I was full time college student, working towards my medical degree. As a matter of fact, I still am in college, I do online college, still working towards a career in medical. God had different plans for me though. If and when I am ever done with music, I am going straight back into college, maybe get a small job at Starbucks.
I don’t even want to think about it! haha Seriously though, I would probably have an office job or being a designer making graphics for companies I don’t care too much about. That said, I fully recognize the privilege being in my position allows me and am grateful for it daily.
I would probably have stayed in school and done something in either history or theology. I’ve always had a strong passion for that and I think I will probably go back to school when the band is done. Not that I see that happening in the near future, but everything ends and I don’t see this market as having any real long term job security. That or write fiction.