If you ever forget just how lousy life in the music business can be, Arthur "Ace" Enders' interview with PropertyOfZack last December will refresh your memory. Until that point, the musician sounded like he had an awesome 2010. A Kickstarter project raising funds for a new album by his band I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business raised $30,593 of a $10K goal and he'd put out three releases by the year's end. Not so bad, right? His words presented a different image.
Not only did the New Jersey guitarist/vocalist offer some despondent comments about the effects of downloading ("Like the night I put out Dust'n Off The Ol' Guitar, I find out a website that night that had leaked it and 5,000 people had downloaded it," he said. "That's a lot."), but he expressed frustration with the fact that people didn't come to shows anymore either. Enders said he had "lost all my friends in the past 10 years of doing this" and bemoaned being away from family during the holidays. He even expressed doubt that he'd hit the road in 2011.
I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business plays The Mad Hatter Wednesday, June 1. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full Sound Advice.
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