OK, I'm just kidding. (Though the choice to wear red leather pants could have a huge effect on your popularity in some musical circles...) The hardest thing is not the practice or the songwriting... that should all be fun. If it isn't, maybe you're in the wrong line of business. The hardest thing in my opinion is persuading venue owners to let you play in their place. After that it's attempting to convince people to show up and be your audience. And after that is getting people to enjoy themselves while they're listening to a song that you've written and they've never heard before. It doesn't seem that it should be tough to get people to enjoy themselves, but go figure.
Actually it would seem to me that the writing and performing would be easy as Clint said but as far as getting people to enjoy themselves being the hardest? Is that right? I mean if the people aren't enjoying themselves maybe the band isn't doing something right? The hardest part I would think would be rocking out til 2 or 3 in the morning packing it in and having to do another similar show the next night. I went to a late night show you guys did in Machias one night that went super late. I got barely any sleep and no food and the next day traveled with you guys to Calais for another late night show and I was pooped and I'm not in the band even. So you wouldn't say the travelling like that isn't the hardest?
Nope....for me, traveling like that isn't the hardest....unless you have other major commitments to deal with as well....like school or a full time job. Most teachers and bosses dont really give a shit what you're doing.....just what you're doing for them. With good reason of course....they have a business to run themselves. If there were no other major commitments besides the band. Id be loving a schedule like that. Playing all the time seeing and meeting new faces. Its the bomb to me! As long as your not working "two jobs" sleep can always be found. Whether its a car ride or a hotel....dont matter to me. But I must agree with Clint. The most difficult part I find in being in a band is getting people to just simply listen for the first time to what you have to offer. With hip hop and rap and "club music" dominating the music scene in the recent years, and with more and more bars and clubs hiring D.J.'s instead of wanting some live musical entertainment, things are a little more difficult than they used to be.
The hardest thing...
Well you have to build up your alcohol tolerance if you want to be able to drink like a rock and roll star... cause all rock and roll stars drink... and you have to start liking hard liquor like Led Zepplin or the Stones... cause all rock bands like hard liquor. It can be kinda hard to be persistent enough to actually develop a significant tolerance and not just a wussy one that other rock and roll stars will laugh at... UMMM yeah. That's all.