Why Do Musicians Always Wear Sunglasses?

Nov 23 · 4 min read

I know what you're thinking: musicians wear sunglasses all the time and that's just how it is. But that couldn't be further from the truth! There are many reasons why musicians choose to wear sunglasses, including their need to hide behind them and look cool. Read on for some of my favorite theories about why these artists love shades so much!

They're hiding their lack of sleep behind their sunglasses

You've probably noticed this on your own, but musicians are often up late at night. The bright lights and exciting atmosphere of a concert make it tough to go home and get some shut-eye, so many musicians find themselves partying until the early hours of the morning.

It's no secret that lack of sleep can be detrimental to your health, however. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health and daytime functioning (and children need more). If you're not getting enough shut-eye over a long period of time, you'll start feeling tired more often—and eventually you might find yourself unable to do basic tasks like drive or walk without tripping over yourself.

But why would these artists want their fans seeing them as anything less than perfect? After all, they’re supposed to be cool guys who never tire out after rocking out onstage all night long! Their sunglasses could just be an attempt at making themselves look cool while hiding their lack of sleep behind them...

They want to look cool

Sunglasses serve many purposes in the world of music, but the most obvious one is that they can make you look cool. The visual nature of music makes it possible for a musician to have an image that transcends their music. It's all about your own personal style and how you express yourself through what you wear.

As someone who grew up listening to a lot of rock 'n' roll, I've noticed that a lot of bands tend to wear sunglasses all the time—even at night! It's not just because they like being fashionable; there are also practical reasons behind why musicians prefer dark shades over clear ones. You see, when you're performing on stage or being filmed by cameras for an album cover shoot or something similar, wearing sunglasses can help protect your eyes from stray light particles coming from different directions (usually pointing downwards). This helps prevent eye fatigue so that performers will still be able to deliver at their best even after hours upon hours spent practicing hard onstage.

And they might damn well need the shades to see

Musicians need to see the stage and audience. They need to see their instruments, each other and lighting equipment. The music will be familiar if you've been playing for a while but there are often subtle changes in how it sounds when played by different people or on different instruments.

It's also important for musicians to maintain some form of clarity about what is happening behind them so that they can play with confidence and efficiency - this means being aware of what's going on around them at all times!

The idea that sunglasses are a defense against the sun doesn't stack up in a world where pop stars are doing TV appearances in the dead of night and playing gigs indoors. So if it's not to block out the sun, what is it? One theory is that some artists prefer sunglasses because they can hide behind them. If you've ever been in a dark club where you don't know anyone, you may have put on your own pair just for the psychological comfort of having something between you and everyone else.

Another theory is that sunglasses are just part of the uniform. If you're in a band, you're supposed to wear sunglasses. This is as true for hip-hop artists like 50 Cent or Missy Elliott as it is for indie-rockers like Bon Iver or The War on Drugs. There are even specific shades associated with different genres: Wiz Khalifa's amber frames were inspired by those worn by Tupac Shakur, while Kanye West's Wayfarers come from his association with Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls (who wore them too). They've become so common among musicians that even non-musicians wear them now—and not all of these people were born before 1990, either!

But then why do some artists prefer sunglasses over others? For instance, when I looked at pictures of Taylor Swift wearing her trademark blue contacts and bright red lipstick (which covers up what she considers her "crazy" mouth), she looks more like an alien than anything else. It seems unlikely that there's any deep symbolism behind the way Taylor wears her eyeshadow but not all artists choose their accessories based on practicality alone; sometimes they have specific reasons behind their choices and they aren't necessarily thinking about how they'll look in photos later down the road when they're trying to make a fashion statement through their clothes rather than just letting themselves be photographed naturally while doing things like getting coffee or going out shopping with friends (as was recently done by everyone who attended Coachella).

Even those with perfect vision may find them useful for occasions when lights or glare is intense or distracting. Musicians often use stage lighting equipment that can shine directly into their eyes as they perform, and even if it doesn't hurt, it can be distracting.

While some people wear sunglasses for fashion reasons, most musicians wear them to avoid the glare of stage lights. Stage lighting equipment can shine directly into their eyes as they perform, and even if it doesn't hurt, it can be distracting.

There are also many other occasions when an intense light or glare might be present that would make wearing sunglasses helpful to a musician. For example, laser shows are often used at concerts and festivals; some musicians use this type of show during their performances because they help create an ambiance or mood for the audience. Disco balls are another common form of lighting at concerts and festivals—they're essentially large mirrors that reflect colored light around an area (usually on the ceiling). Fog machines create smoke when they're turned on but they also reflect nearby lights so that everything looks foggy from afar.

We hope this article has given you an insight into why musicians wear sunglasses, and we would love to hear from all our readers about their favourite shades and what they think about them. If you have any questions or comments please do leave them below or send them our way! You can reach our school providing music lessons in Redmond through the link!

Charlie Fergson
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