Not all bands hit it out of the park their first time at bat. They need a few albums and a couple of long tours before things start to fall into place.
Take the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for example. Their career really didn’t start to blossom until their fourth album. Same thing with Muse–at least in North America. They might have been playing arenas in Europe and Japan, but leading up to the release of their fourth album, they were still playing clubs on this side of the Atlantic.
Then there’s the case of R.E.M. They may have had a strong cult foloowing through their first four records, but it wasn’t until their fifth that they were really able to cross over into mainstream consciousness. And the Black Keys? It took until album number six for them to have their big breakthrough.
These stories underscore the need for patience, dedication, and foresight on the part of record labels, managers, booking and everyone else associated with the welfare and success of a particular artist. If you honestly see potential, then you gotta be prepared to play the long game, one that may stretch out over years.
We also need to look at this from the artist’s perspective. Are they prepared to live through some lean and dark times on their way to the top?
This brings me to Twenty One Pilots. They blew up with the Blurryface album in 2015. But before that, there were six years of really hard slogging, times when few people knew who they were.
Let’s get caught up on that part of the story, shall we?
Songs heard on this episode (all songs by Twenty One Pilots except that one)
Tyler Joseph, Blasphemy
Oh Ms Believer
Guns for Hands
Eric Wilhite has created this playlist for us.
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