I got 270.000 monthly listeners on Spotify - Time to quit my day job?!?!?

Published on 21 February 2023 at 17:58

As an artist with 270,000 monthly listeners, I'm often asked whether I'm going to quit my day job and pursue music full-time.

The truth is, it's a complex decision that requires careful consideration.

In my case, those 270,000 monthly listeners translate to 530,000 monthly streams. If I were to receive 100% of the stream revenue (which is typically around 0.003 € per stream), that would be a decent income of 1,590 € per month. However, that figure alone isn't enough to support myself and my family, which means I need to look at other factors as well.

The reality is that there are many parties involved in the music industry who all take a cut of the revenue. This includes the providing service, the label, and any collaborating artists. In the end, I typically end up with around 25% of the revenue, which is a mere 397 € per month.

Given these figures, it's clear that quitting my day job to pursue music full-time isn't a viable option at this point in time. While I love creating music and have a real passion for what I do, I also have to be practical and consider the needs of my family.

Of course, that doesn't mean I'm going to stop creating music altogether. I'm still committed to pursuing my passion and sharing my music with the world. But for now, I'll continue working my day job while putting in as much time and effort into my music career as possible.

In the end, the decision to pursue music full-time is a deeply personal one that requires careful consideration of all the factors involved. While having a large audience is certainly a positive, it's important to take a realistic look at your financial situation, your personal goals, and the needs of your family before making any major decisions.

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