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Berättelser om livet som musiker inom populärmusikfältet
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2014 (Swedish)In: Bilder från musikskapandets vardag: mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik / [ed] Alf Arvidsson, Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014, 131-163 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Stories about life as a musician in the popular music arena

This chapter is based on two different kinds of material (four in depth interviews with semi-professional musicians, combined with a thorough review and analysis of printed interviews in the Swedish music magazine Sonic, published between the years 2000-2012). Life as a musician is portrayed in many varied ways in these texts and interviews. One common description is how the drawbacks are compensated by the joy and pleasure connected to music making, and the life style that it comes along with it. Quite many depict their music making as therapeutic and truly rewarding, and as an integral part of who they are. Many are in some way dissatisfied or feel that they are negatively impacted by the conditions of the music industry, for instance leading to economic difficulties and stress. Some feel anxieties of performing live, or discomfort in being publicly described and evaluated by music journalists/-writers. In the in-depth interviews it becomes clear that musicians develop strategies for their careers and lives. Quite many have shaped their lives to suit their dreams as musicians, for instance by having a separate professional identity where they earn their living. This means that they do not, in the same way, have to depend on the music industry – neither financially nor artistically. The "alternative" identity represented by Sonic, with its recurring scepticism towards the big music industry, is in several ways reflected in the printed interviews but is also clearly visible in the in-depth interviews. Artistic integrity is important for many and a great number become small business owners (for instance by starting their own record company). Still it can be strenuous to be a small entrepreneur, with a heavy workload and economic stress.  However, for many there exists a dream to be able to freely create the music you want – independent of current market demands and trends. 

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Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2014. 131-163 p.
Etnologiska skrifter, ISSN 1103-6516 ; 59
Keyword [sv]
musikskapande, arbetsvillkor, musikindustri
National Category
Ethnology Musicology
Research subject
Ethnology; Musicology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98676ISBN: 978-91-7601-190-4OAI: diva2:783468
Musikskapandets villkor - mellan kulturpolitik, ekonomi och estetik
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-01-26 Created: 2015-01-26 Last updated: 2015-10-28Bibliographically approved

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