WARNING: Opinion Below. May cause rashes, irritation, urge to type incoherent grade school sentences (if even), prompt the words "dick rider" or "hater", may attract Pongo or Pimp Limp, may induce period.
I don't remember which interview I saw it in, but it was a recent one where Tech said that he performed in front of very small crowds (7 people, back in the day). He came back and the crowd doubled, and tripled. Before he knew it, he was selling out shows. He was spreading his name and it clearly paid off.
That being said, the vast majority of his touring takes place in the United States, where he is already well known. Doesn't anyone find that this is reeking with redundancy? Sure, it gets him revenue, but seldom gets him new fans. If he sells out small venues everytime, I guarantee it's the same people coming again and again, tour after tour. The people going are already fans.
In countless interviews, he professes "you gotta get out there and politic". Well, let me ask you: when was the last time you saw a politician (striving to be known on a global scale) campaigning over and over in the same places? It's not a smart use of your time or energy if your quest is to get your music out to the rest of the world. It's like putting up posters of yourself all over the city, coming back the next day and putting them up again in the same place instead of another city.
At this rate, if 8 or 9 tours out of 10 end up in the US, he might never get his music to the rest of the world. I understand that it's comfortable to tour the same cities over and over again, getting money. But that is in direct conflict with getting your name out there, on a global scale.
In that same interview he said he would still do a 7 person show, I would like to see that. Sure, he might not get as much money touring (hell, he might even lose some), but in the long term this would mean a more extensive fan base.
I'm seeing people here that are on their 8th show, but a lot of fans out there have not even seen a Strange Music show because they stay in the US most of the time. In my opinion, that is an uneven distribution of touring.
Which is it Tech? Hip-Hop President or U.S. Tour Master?
he just got back from doing shows over seas
I look at it like political fundraising they have to raise money in order to keep campaigning.
in the U.S. im sure its alot easier to tour here where they can understand him and he wouldnt need a translator.
Dude im soooo high right now
Where he tours probably has to do with the demographic of people who like him (aka album sales) in the area.
If he's not getting mad album sales somewhere, they don't know how many people will show up, and I dunno if Tech would really want to perform a show for 7 people overseas when he makes most of his money off of shows and the cost of getting there and setting up the show would probably lose him money if the show was that small.