I was talking to a friend tonight about one of his favorite bands. He’s followed this band for about 16 years, back when they played at tiny bars where no one paid attention to them…except him. He didn’t even have to pay a cover fee to see them play.
Now they’re famous. They have songs on TV shows and movies, and they sell out huge concerts within a few minutes of tickets going on sale. My friend recently tried to see them in concert, but the ticket were not only really expensive, but also only available through secondary vendors because they sold so quickly.
So here’s the question: Would you rather your favorite band–the one you discovered in some dive bar years ago–stay small so you can continue to appreciate them the way you always have, or would you prefer that they get famous so that millions of other people can enjoy their music, even if it means that it’s much harder for you to see them live now?