Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: I've come to burn your kingdom down one ****post at a time
Language: Eng (UK,) 下手な日本語
Do you mean play concerts or go as a member of the audience? Because I think the primary way musicians make money now is through live performance especially if they're not that big.
As for attending concerts I don't think it's necessary at all and there are many musicians who don't really listen to music as much when they start making it themselves. I also personally have a friend who occasionally makes music as a hobby and he doesn't listen to much at all. He has a few artists/tracks he likes, but he's not a big fan of listening to it, and never has been.
It sort of reminds me of something a university lecturer told me once, that when people start working on games or content for games, they stop enjoying/playing video games as much. And it's true, when you start doing something like that you do tend to go off consuming related media as much because you're spending a huge amount of time working on it and it also changes how you view it - you start to analyse it and think about how certain things were made etc. When I was studying my degree and working most hours of the day I started to see wireframes on real life objects and all kinds of crazy ****. You just look at something and think about how you could create it in 3D and what that would involve. You see something that looks like it would make a good texture and just stop to take a photo of it to the bemusement of other people with you. I don't do that now though, because I'm not working on anything anymore.
A lot of musicians when they listen to music they start deconstructing it into its components, so that makes it a different experience as well when you do that. Some musicians admit to only listening to certain genres - ones they'd never make themselves. But then others are huge fans of music still and listen to lots so it varies.