Twenty years ago, being a "struggling musician" meant you were packed in a van, traveling from city to city with your bandmates, drinking cheap beer, and staying in dirty hotel rooms where you lie on a stained mattress and dream of one day making it big. Today, that is called being in an indie band. Today, that is called being an up-and-comer. Today, the term "struggle" has taken on new meaning. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to dive head first into a "music career," but it has also lowered the bar. Now, instead of having to really commit to something and grind it out the way artists in the '80s and '90s did, you can just start a half-assed Internet campaign from the comfort of your crusty old computer chair. Now, instead of actually putting in the work, you can just bang away at your keyboard and hope that your big break will come to you.
10 reasons you are a struggling Musician
You make hashtags for every song you release
You've remixed more than one Drake song
You rap/sing over songs by every hot producer and call it a "collaboration"
You call yourself a "buzz band"
Your cover art was made in Paint
You brag about YouTube views
You spam comments sections with links to your new "banger"
Twitter Slutbots help spread your mixtape
You find the private numbers of bloggers and call/text them out of the blue
You're desperately trying to go viral on YouTube