“We’re looking at a changing economy, in which music is free, and artists are going to have to learn to make their living through touring and merchandise sales,” says Palmer. Now that’s very true. For a band that chooses to live off small nightly takes and merch sales, YouTube and MP3s will suffice. They’ll have their pick of about a dozen or so U.S. cities in which people actually go out to shows on a Monday night, but it’ll be possible.
Coolfer quotes Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer, and adds his own two cents about how tough finances can be for a young struggling band today.