You need to understand your audience. If you record as a purist, you need to pitch your music to purists - Almost exclusively. Because most of us want to hear pop/rock/blues/hip-hop/indie alt/etc music where everything is tight and in tune
Even during our current lockdown, we can support other acts. It's as simple as talking! Start today! Pick and local band and follow the crap outta them!
The rhythm hand deserves some extra love! Stop telling yourself that someone will take care of the heavy lifting with guitar. Stop being the weak link in the band. Learn to play the damn guitar! It's nothing complicated, so don't feel overwhelmed. You just need to dedicate a little additional focus on specific techniques.
All of us complain that we're not getting enough people to come out to our shows. We promote it on Instagram and virtually beg people to come to our gig.I use the word "gig" in a derogatory way. I was careful not to use the word "show" because that is a massive part of our problem, isn't it - we're not putting on much of a show.
Going the distance involves that movie training montage - unfortunately the real deal is really boring
How do you write a great song? By writing ninety-nine bad songs.