Do you have a side project that you've been working on for a while, and it's starting to take up more and more of your time? Well, you're not alone. A lot of people end up abandoning their day jobs to work on their passion projects full-time. We wanted to explore examples of some stories of famous artists who did just that.

When their main gig gets a little stale , most artists experiment with a side project or two. In the highly unlikely event that the side project becomes as successful as or more popular than the original, the artist may choose to pursue it. 

Like many people, we also have a handful of side projects that we work on in our spare time. But unlike most people, our side projects have turned into our main gig. Here are 13 side projects that turned into full-time jobs, either for a few years or for the remainder of their careers.

THE GORILLAZ CRACKED COM Blur's Song 2 was still topping charts worldwide when frontman Damon Albarn began side project, The Gorillaz, in 1998 with artist Jamie Hewlett. The band saw instant success with hit Clint Eastwood, and while Blur did sell 15 million albums, The Gorillaz have sold 25 million over 7 albums from 2001 to present day.

Source: NME

 

THE TRAVELING WILBURYS CRACKED.COM Side Project to Supergroup. George Harrison brought in Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan to record the track, Handle with Care. Having a blast in the studio, they formed The Traveling Wilburys, and took time away from solo work to record 2 full-length albums, tour, and win a grammy for Best Rock Performance in 1990.

Source: Whatculture

 

CITY AND COLOUR CRACKED.COM With Canadian screamo band Alexisonfire, Dallas Green had gone platinum in Canada twice by 2005 when he began releasing free City & Colour (get it?) songs for fans. The high demand had Green switch focus to City & Colour, releasing 6 albums to date (2 platinum, 2 multi-platinum) and even charting in the U.S.

Source: Tonedeaf

 

A PERFECT CIRCLE CRACKED.COM While working as a guitar tech for Tool in 1999, Billy Howerdel convinced Maynard James Keenan to front his new band. While definitely the main gig for Howerdel, A Perfect Circle became a very successful side project for Keenan, selling 4 million albums from 2000-2004 in and around Tool projects.

Source: Whatculture

THE MARS VOLTA CRACKED COM At The Drive-In's Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez had a side-project called De Facto. Once ATDI broke-up, De Facto recorded songs that they shopped under the name 'The Mars Volta'. From 2001-2012, they had 6 albums chart worldwide, won a Grammy, and were named Best Prog-Rock Band by Rolling Stone in '08.

Source: Yardbarker

 

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