Came in here to say this. What happened to making music because you love to do it? Since when does the number of our Twitter followers constitute our success in creating art?
Yeah, I can get on board with this. The most inspiring people are those who just enjoy what they're doing and put some effort into making it interesting and meaningful. Their followings are a moot point. Bands aren't more credible if they only play basement shows and don't sell merch, just like they're not more credible if they sell out arenas.