Features / Series: Don't Quit Your Day Job

How an artist spends their time by day will influence the creative process at night. In Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Scene Point Blank looks at how musicians split their time, and how their careers influence their music – or, alternately &ndash

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Silent

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • June 22, 2021

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently false. Most musicians have day jobs –- and not just to pay the bills. Jobs provide new challenges, personal fulfillment and, yes, some rent or gas money. And usually when somebody is writing a new record or scheduling a tour, they have to balance that with their job. How an artist spends their time by day will influence the creative process at night. In Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Scene Point Blank looks at how musicians split their time, and how their careers influence their music –- or, sometimes –- how their music provides escape. In this edition, we chat with Jung Sing of Silent to discuss bar ownership during a pandemic, and how he balances that with making music. Check out Silent’s Modern Hate, out now on Three One G. Scene Point Blank: You own an Asian fusion bar, connected to a restaurant. Do you own the restaurant too? How long have you owned it and, if you only own the bar portion, how did the partnership come to be? Jung Sing: I don’t own the bar by myself. We have a partnership 4 people, which include my direct partner Johanan Lam and the two owners of the restaurant. We have the same percentage of incomes on the bar area; the restaurant area is not part of my business. … Read more

Body Stuff

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • April 18, 2021

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently … Read more

Salinas Records

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • December 6, 2020

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently … Read more

Dead Quiet

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • October 5, 2020

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of bright lights, fast living and traveling with an entourage is almost patently … Read more

Ötzi

Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • May 19, 2020

There are a lot of misconceptions about the life of a musician. The old rock star image of packed arenas, traveling with an entourage, and crazy backstage antics is almost … Read more

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Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • March 15, 2020

The rock star image of packed arenas, traveling with an entourage, and partying amid crazy backstage antics and endless drama is almost patently false. Sure, it’s reflective of a few artists from yesteryear who have platinum records and shortened lifespans, but most musicians have day jobs – and not just to pay the bills. Jobs provide new challenges, personal fulfillment … Read more

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Interviews / Don't Quit Your Day Job • February 14, 2020

The rock star image of packed arenas, traveling with an entourage, and partying amid crazy backstage antics and endless drama is almost patently false. Sure, it’s reflective of a few artists from yesteryear who have platinum records and shortened lifespans, but most musicians have day jobs – and not just to pay the bills. Jobs provide new challenges, personal fulfillment … Read more