Top 10 Early Career Ideas of Metal MusiciansI put higher the musicians whose earlier career ideas were far from what they became known for, esp. when those ideas were not related to music at all or not related to metal.
The Top Ten Early Career Ideas of Metal Musicians
He enrolled in a two-year course to become a certified respiratory therapist. His father and sister insisted on that and he did it. Araya's father told him he either find a job or enroll in the course. - Metal_Treasure
Journalism was his child dream but he founded Edguy at 14 and never studied Journalism.
He can play organ though (he began lessons very early) and that was the reason he was originally the keyboardist for Edguy, but became the lead singer and bassist, and occasionally - keyboardist. - Metal_Treasure
Savatage singer even got a university diploma in Psychology but never practiced. - Metal_Treasure
He's a classically trained violinist (began lessons at 6) but in his teenage years he got into metal and joined Ne Obliviscaris to play violin.
But he also became a lead singer (clean vocals) because the band auditioned a few female singers that were't suitable. Then Tim volunteered and said "I can sing a little bit".
Turned out, the singing ability he had was more than "a little bit". - Metal_Treasure
He sold pot for a living (before he joined Metallica). "I’d been living on my own since I was 15. Every day was get up and play guitar and sell pot for a living. That was my existence" - Dave Mustaine
Also, Megadeth's first manager was their drug dealer. Dave Mustaine admitted regretting this decision, “We chose a manager based on what he could provide for us, because he was the drug dealer to the band," he said. "We were so blinded by partying. [Bandmates] Gar [Samuelson] and Chris [Poland] were living a certain lifestyle, and when Dave Ellefson and I met with them, instead of them becoming more like us, we became more like them, and we started compromising just about everything.”
Drummer Gar Samuelson (RIP) was with a blossoming heroin addiction.
The first instruments he played were piano and drums. He first began piano lessons at 9.
It was a short-lived dream though - Metal_Treasure
He was even the original guitar player for Savatage but he realized that the talent of his brother Criss was superior to his and swapped with his brother. RIP. Criss.
Jon Oliva is actually a great singer, very good pianist/keyboardist, OK guitarist, OK bassist and OK drummer. - Metal_Treasure
He became a metal singer. And a bassist. But not a guitarist. - Metal_Treasure
He was in a school for musically gifted kids where he studied mainly piano (and composition, music theory and history).
Similarly to Tim Charles of NeO, in his teen years he got into metal and began playing guitar at 16-17 or so. He also learned to play bass and drums.
He actually was a drummer for about 20 years but eventually became a singer. - Metal_Treasure