Today's Los Angeles Times has a long profile of Second Life's live music scene, which will not come as news to New World Notes readers, but is pretty good nonetheless. Much of it features LA-based performer Craig Lyons, whose music has been licensed by MTV and Universal Music, and who regularly performs in Second Life as the avatar known as Craiglyons Writer (a name the Times story failed to mention.) Here he is performing in-world at the POP ART LAB sim for Treet TV, in an impromptu show arranged for the LA Times reporter:
Excellent stuff. And according to the Times, Lyons makes $100-200 in Linden Dollar tips per gig, often performing three shows a day.
Which helps answer a question another writer just asked me last week: Can you make a living as a musician performing in Second Life? I answered that the top performers can definitely make a decent side income, but unlike real estate barons and top fashion designers, they probably can't do it full time. But assuming Lyons performed 8 gigs a week and averaged $150 in tips per show, that'd come out to $4800 a month, a pretty good living for an artist. (To be sure, that's assuming Second Life's market is large enough to sustain enough foot traffic to the same performer for that many shows.) Geek rock superstar Jonathan Coulton made around that amount selling his music online before going bigtime, and it's nice to know some of SL's top musicians can also reach close to that level even now.
Thanks to Claus Uriza of POP ART LAB for link to and background on the Treet video! Photo credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times