Bass player Tanya Avenus is thankful for empathetic employers, as without them her band The Pinheads may have never made it to the South By Southwest showcase in Texas.
The group recently performed at the conference and festival which is renowned for opening doors for up-and-coming Australian bands.
"Being a musician is not the easiest thing to put yourself into," Avanus said.
"You have to sacrifice a little bit to do - I work as a cook in a cafe ... employers [are] not always super understanding, like 'I play in a band and I need a couple of weeks off to play some shows'.
"Sometimes that idea seems a bit self indulgent to employers so it's not always the easiest, but luckily we've all been surrounded by very supportive people."
Each band member has other "supplementary" jobs to help them pay the bills. While percussionist and theramin player Chris Zanko has had to leave the band to focus on his other source of income, art.
It comes as The Pinheads have released their second album Is This Real. Like their self-titled debut, the mix of indie tunes were not recorded in an expensive studio in Surry Hills. Rather they were set down in one live take in a shed (known as the "pin-shed) at Stanwell Park.
Avanus said the best part of the recording process was finally nailing a take and looking at her band mates with a smile, all knowing "yes, that's the one".
The Pinheads are currently touring Europe and will return to Australia to tour capital cities in August.