Guest in the U.K. can be a privilege, and sometimes an entitlement, but it’s a privilege to be a guest at a major UK entertainment company.
There’s an expectation, a expectation to have your name attached to a piece of artwork, and to be able to be seen by thousands of people around the world.
But there’s also an expectation to not be paid for it.
“It’s not just for the money.
It’s also the privilege to have someone else come and see you, to be the one to tell you, ‘Here, I’m going to be there.'”
That’s where a little bit of luck can go a long way.
In March 2017, one of the top three performers at a London club, The Clubhouse, was a guest of honour.
The star, who goes by the stage name of The Purple Hosta, was introduced by a man wearing a purple robe.
“We were playing at The Club House,” he said.
“This guy was standing next to me.
I was sitting in a corner with my back to him.
We both had the robe on and the robe was around my waist, and I looked down and saw this guy was dressed in purple.
And I said, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible.’
And he was like, ‘I love it.'”
He went on to say he was thrilled that someone would give him an opportunity to perform at such a prestigious venue.
“He’s a big deal, and he’s a legend,” the DJ said.
After the event, he was taken back to the venue to make sure he didn’t get distracted by the crowd.
“When I was coming back, he said, I have a little secret to tell.”
The DJ’s secret?
He had been working as a DJ at a venue in London for three years.
“I had a contract and I had to go on tour with the band,” he told The Atlantic.
“So I’m a big, big fan of the band and I got to go to London.
And they gave me a deal to be at their show, which is why I was at the venue.
So I went to the show and I was doing everything I can to be as good as I can be.”
It turned out to be an enormous success.
“For about a month, it was my favourite gig, because I had this crazy fan base,” he recalled.
“My fans were amazing, and they just wanted to meet me, so they’d say, ‘We have this guy that can do a song like this.’
And then they’d do that song.
And then we’d play it and everyone would just say, oh my God.
So the fans were so amazing.
And so I did a little tour and then I was on tour for a month.
Then I was going to the UK and I just stopped and I sat at the bus and I went back to my hotel and I did the show for like three months and I couldn’t get my band back.”
In 2018, he went back for a second tour, this time as part of the indie rock band The Purple Tour.
It was a different vibe, but one that was a lot closer to what he was used to.
“And they’re like, this guy is amazing,” he laughed.
“But he’s also got a little thing, like, his purple robe, so he has to have a purple wig on and I have to wear the wig and everything.
And he’s like, oh, I don’t know.
And you know what?
I’m like, yeah, I know what you’re saying, but this is what I do for a living.
And that’s what I’ve been doing since the beginning.”
He’s not alone.
There are plenty of other artists in the United Kingdom who are paid to perform, and some of them, like The Purple DJ, have a long and storied history with the music industry.
The Purple Music Network, for example, is an association of artists and promoters in the music world who are supported by artists, like Bob Marley, who made a fortune in the early ’70s by recording and promoting the songs of his country band.
The group has its own label, and members of the group include country superstar Willie Nelson, who recently said he didn’T want to be paid to play a country song.
But Marley said he was happy to have his name associated with a successful artist, who was also an artist in his own right.
“You know, I was lucky enough to be involved with a country music group and a band called The Purple Entertainment Network and the Purple Music Festival and I felt like they were just so much fun to be around and so much more than just just a club act,” he explained.
“They were also a lot of fun to work with.”
There are others who are paying their own way.
And some of those artists who