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 lives in the US and that is where his family is. It is (for the most part) safer to tour in familiar places. And is more expensive to tour so much globally. I recently went to my first Tech show in Cleveland and before Tech came on, Scenario, asked the crowd who had seen a show before and who had not. It seemed like about half of the people there hadn't seen a show before. I think right now he is more concerned with working with more talented artists and getting his name out there that way. Just some FOOD for THOUGHT