A close friend of mine is in, what I would consider, a fairly successful band. They sell tickets, they sell merch, they move units…but there is one problem; he doesn’t like his audience.
As he’s grown older, so has his musical taste. He no longer floats in the world that his audience still does. He wants a different audience to enjoy his music. So to do so he’s compromising his own integrity and music to get it.
It’s always a problem when you try and please everyone. Typically you end up pleasing no one, especially yourself.
I’ve read that John Lennon wanted Bob Dylan’s older, more musically discerning and poetically appreciative audience. Lennon got that audience on his 5th album, not off of his first. Genre transcending songs that please every audience are possible, but that typically doesn’t happen right away. Have patience, and appreciate the audience that you have because remember, you’re not entitled to an audience. Hopefully as you grow they will too.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r490KKGN8mw]