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This month we discuss the dilemma of whether to give up the day job. When is it worth making the leap to take your music to the next level? Join the discussion in the comments below.

Hi

I’m writing for advice on whether I should quit my job to devote myself to music 24/7? I work in a 9-5 office job which pays OK but I don’t really enjoy it. I make dnb in my spare time and I’ve got a few semi regular DJ gigs that I earn a bit of money from (not enough to live on though).

I feel like it’s a catch 22. I really want to get more serious about my music but it just feels like I can only treat it as a hobby with the job I have. If I quit I’d be able to spend more time on it but I’d lose the safety net and have to start making enough money to survive quickly. Maybe the answer is to get a part time job like bar work or something, take a pay cut and concentrate more on production in the extra spare time I’d have? The problem is what if I can’t take the music career up to the next level and end up throwing away a boring but safe career for the sake of music? What should I do? All anecdotes/life stories/advice gratefully received!

Cheers. S

 

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6th May, 2015

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