13 Year Old Daughter Wants To Be A Rock Star

Amelia - posted on 11/10/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old girl wants to be a rock bassist/front woman which I completely support her in. She loves all the bands like Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, Kaiser Chiefs etc. I was just interested to hear your thoughts on rock music and your teens becoming musicians?

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Raye - posted on 11/12/2014

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The following are words of wisdom from Dave Grohl (Nirvana & Foo Fighters):

"At 13 years old, I realized I could start my own band. I could write my own song, I could record my own record. I could start my own label. I could release my own record. I could book my own shows. I could write and publish my own fanzine. I could silk-screen my own T-shirt. I could do this all myself."

“When I think about kids watching a TV show like American Idol or The Voice, then they think, ‘Oh, OK, that’s how you become a musician, you stand in line for eight fucking hours with 800 people at a convention center and… then you sing your heart out for someone and then they tell you it’s not fuckin’ good enough.’ Can you imagine?” he implores. “It’s destroying the next generation of musicians! Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy and old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll fucking start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana. Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana. Just a bunch of guys that had some shitty old instruments and they got together and started playing some noisy-ass shit, and they became the biggest band in the world. That can happen again! You don’t need a fucking computer or the internet or The Voice or American Idol.”

- Dave Grohl

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Pam - posted on 11/12/2014

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A friend of mine has two sons that have a band, The Cruz Brothers. He is very involved in guiding and facilitating their dream. They started out playing at small parties and now play at very popular clubs in our area. Sometimes they get paid and sometimes not, but they are gaining valuable experience. Their dad is their cheerleader, driver, manager and chief bottle washer. It's wonderful to see parents supporting their children's dreams. I say, go for it and have fun.

Here is their Facebook page if you're interested https://www.facebook.com/TheCruzBrothers

Irene - posted on 11/12/2014

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also, as musician myself I can say that playing in a band can be very beneficial for a teenager. It is a great way to develop positive qualities- dedication, communication and organisational skills, very hard work if she wants to be good at it, like in everything else. It is much easier to learn those by doing what she loves! She may change her mind about rock career later on, but she will keep the skills! Young people there are always encouraged and welcomed in local music communities.

Irene - posted on 11/12/2014

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She needs to do what her heart wants to do. Help her develop her musicianship and confidence. However she needs to recognise that it's hard to make a living only by playing, most of musicians also teach ( requires going to college) or having a job that pays the bills.

Raye - posted on 11/11/2014

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If it's something she really wants to do, then get her lessons, let her and her friends set up a stage area in the basement or garage, and help boost her skills and confidence to succeed. Also tell her to continue her education so she has a career to fall back on (The Offspring all have PhD's). A lot of musicians don't make enough to live off of, especially in the beginning, and she will need some general smarts so managers and such don't take advantage.

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