Passion and profit: Can they coexist? Is it possible to find success on your own terms without sacrificing your artistic vision? Will people ever come to love and appreciate your music?
The intersection between passion and profit does exist.
But what most artists do is try the same thing over and over expecting different results, which is the very definition of insanity.
You don’t have to “sell out” to attract legions of adoring fans. But you may need to make incremental adjustments to your strategy until you see your fan base begin to grow.
No, you don’t have to sell your soul to build a fan base. But you must be willing to keep experimenting until you find what works. This is how success in the modern day is achieved.