It is common knowledge that the current state of the music industry means that being a world famous musician does not automatically mean you live a luxury lifestyle. With so many virtual platforms offering music for free, or for a small monthly cost, with the only disadvantage being you do not technically own the tracks, many artists are struggling to make a living. Lead singer from La Roux, Elly Jackson, spoke to Digitalspy about the band’s experience, “I’ve never made any money from record sales, and we sold nearly eight million records if you count all the singles. There’s something not right about that“.
Jackson informed that, the majority of her income comes from radio play and playing small venues has not been financially beneficial for her group. She continued, “I spent two years on ‘Trouble in Paradise’ and I most likely won’t make any money out of it. The only money I will make is from radio play. All the money I’ve had up until now is from radio. I think people find this really, really, really hard to believe. It’s not a lie, it’s just the way it is. It’s fine as long as people don’t think you’re a millionaire, which people sort of do. Until you start getting to much larger venues, if you’ve got a five-piece band like I have, you find it very difficult to break even. We don’t break even. Thank God we’re really passionate about what we do and we don’t mind when we lose money“.
If you are a fan, why not go and show your support for La Roux as they tour the UK this November showcasing their latest album Trouble In Paradise.
Glasgow O2 ABC (November 5)
Leeds Metropolitan University (7)
Birmingham Institute (8)
Bristol Academy (10)
Norwich UEA (14)
Oxford Academy (15)
Manchester Ritz (16)