I Know What I’m Worth.
Since I started drumming live in bands at the age of 7, I have often been asked to sit in for an unavailable drummer or to join a band. While this is flattering, nearly all of these “offers” are for zero dollars. Now, I’m not saying that I’m better than anyone or anything like that. However, I play music for a living. It’s no different from anyone else being hired to do their job. Drums, just happen to be mine. Quite often I will get the “this is great exposure,” line. But, just like you, I can’t buy food or gas with exposure. Can you imagine taking a job where your boss says, “There’s no pay, but, it’s great exposure!” Yeah, me neither.
I have been blessed to have been noticed over the years by various people, magazines, and companies. I work hard to build relationships and to be a person of integrity. I have been a featured artist in Tom Tom Magazine, DRUM Magazine, Drummerworld, Audix Microphones, and International Musician, just to name a few. I sit in at the NAMM Shows as part of Audix Microphones, “Drummer Extravaganza.” I was recently requested to be the touring drummer for American Idol, Dalton Rapattoni (I was too young to go on tour per contract). So, I know what I am worth.
Now, don’t get me wrong, if a friend is in need, I will be there to help. If it’s a fundraiser, like I’m doing now to help the High School Homeless, I try and raise money for the end cause, not for my pay. But bands, individual artists, as well as churches, seem to think that I’m just willing to do it all for free? Everyone in this business knows how much time and effort go into rehearsal for a song or set, to ensure that it comes off as “professional” during show time. You don’t just bring in someone off of the street for your project, do you? After all, that’s why you called me, right? You saw something in me and my ability that would bring worth to your project. Your music is worth it, you are worth it, and I am worth it. I know what I’m worth. Do you?