I always have a hard time answering questions like these, since I know so many local bands that are really good/could do well as a more popular artist and tour/get out more. Most of the time the barrier to entry for artists is time and money investment. Sure, any old band can book a regional tour for a week and play some great shows, but it’s really hard to actually gain any new fans that way. With the internet being so prolific/music is free for everyone except for the producers/artists, there’s a huge disconnect with the amount of effort/time/money put into making a record and going out to perform vs. how much effort the consumer has to put in to get other people to buy stuff and reach out to people to put a show together, or hell, even listen to your music so the artist can make $.000001 for each time a song is played on Spotify.
I guess what I’m getting at is, having watched so many people/bands try, fail, break up, get back together, then give up again because there isn’t a concrete plan to getting to “that level” of recognition (or even wanting it) and being able to book and play shows wherever you want, a lot of people get discouraged or overwhelmed and get stuck in a spot of not knowing what your next move should be to move up, and then starting other projects or not doing music for anyone but yourself anymore. It’s a lot like having a Career, but sometimes the ARMS that block your progress seem like they’re trying to Control This! part of your life, but it feels like a DRUG and you don’t know what you’re supposed to do anymore, and then you just Gouge Away at something that you’re not entirely sure that it’s what you want to be doing anymore.
(Florida is my state of geographic location and being :o)
tl;dr I got friends in low places (Jeez I forgot how many times they reprise the chorus in that song LOL)