Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss recently opened up about being a musician in today’s world where making music isn’t enough during an appearance on Primordial Radio. According to the rocker, everything was easier in the 1980s when bands like Mötley Crüe only made music and lived their lives.
As a young musician, Nita Strauss is an active social media user on numerous platforms on which she announces her upcoming projects as well as her personal life. The guitarist is quite popular on social media as she has half a million followers on her official Instagram page and nearly 100k followers on Twitter.
Strauss doesn’t only keep track of her social media platforms, but she also has e-mails to be taken care of as well as her Patreon, TikTok, and Facebook page. All of this work is proof of how much being a musician has changed over the years.
Musicians aren’t only releasing albums and hit the road these days since they are expected to stay relevant to today’s world where pretty much everything is virtual. During a recent interview, Nita Strauss opened up about this new version of being a musician.
According to the guitarists, new musicians have to be entrepreneurs in addition to making music since their responsibilities include social media, interviews, and merchandise. Strauss also gave an example from her life as she has a Patreon page to run and a fitness challenge that she does on top of every other project of hers.
If you ask Strauss, these are the reasons why she cannot stay up late or party like the legendary rock bands including Mötley Crüe. Those bands didn’t have any other responsibility but to make music and show up on stage whereas things are much different now.
About the difference, Strauss said:
“I think a big difference is musicians in 2021 and beyond, we need to be entrepreneurs as well as being musicians. There are so many responsibilities, social media, the content, the press and interviews, signature products.
I have a Patreon page. I have a fitness challenge that I do. There are so many different facets to being a musician and entrepreneur these days, and you just can’t stay up late.
In the ’80s, they were talking about Motley Crue partying and stuff. They weren’t worrying about content for their TikTok or their Instagram; they were just living life.”
You can watch the interview down below.