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Old 11-17-2011, 08:46 AM
Location: Litchfield Park, AZ
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Austin is regarded as the live music capital of the US, so it would be a good choice (as well as Nashville).
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:48 AM
Location: Pensacola
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Hi, I am a 22 year old male who has decided to pursue a career in music. Since I have been little, this is something that I have always wanted to do, and after trying school, and holding a number of jobs, I am almost certain that music is what I want to pursue. Now, I am not delusional, I realize becoming a musician entails a lot of hard work, perseverance, diligence, creativity, and patience. But it is something I have so much passion for that I welcome the challenge.

So, I am currently living in St. Petersburg, Fl for 17 years, and I am ready to leave this town once and for all, and Florida to be exact. I know that cities like NYC and LA seem like the stereotypical place to start if your an aspiring musician, but I wanted to know whether or not that was true anymore? Or weather or not I should go elsewhere? I have heard Austin, Texas has an impressive music scene as well for the aspiring musician.

Just in case someone needs so background, I play mostly rock/pop music. I play piano/guitar/and sing. I am looking to start a band with the possibility of making it big if possible, but I just want to make a living off music.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

I'd like to say NYC but I am biased because that's where I want to go.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:15 AM
Location: Chicago
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Austin is completely overrated when it comes to muscians succeeding. They do have some HUGE fests (SXSW, ACL, Fun Fun Fun, etc) and even though many local acts are booked, most do not go on to succeed. However, there are a lot of options for venues. LA and NYC are your best bets.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:53 PM
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I want to bump this thread. This is the question I am asking myself right now. I want to go Austin, and all I want right now is to begin getting gigs, so the "not-making-it-big" thing is ok with me. But my question is-- is it easy to book gigs there? Or is it tough? Again, I'm not talking about headlining and playing huge shows.

And what other cities are good cities to start out in which have musicians in demand?

Ironically, I am from St. Petersburg as well and I think its pretty dead here, musically.
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Old 05-07-2016, 11:02 PM
Location: TOVCCA
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Chicago has many small clubs that offer music in the back on weekends and even mid-week. Chicago is also very fond of jazz influenced musicians.
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:22 PM
Location: Pittsburgh
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Austin is completely overrated. I agree with the other poster, Austin's music influence is based on a few festivals. I always thought Houston had a stronger music scene than Austin but whatever.

The NY/Philly area, Nashville, New Orleans. Pittsburgh is lame. NE Ohio/Cleveland is much better. Many options in Ohio for artists looking for small venues (folk, jazz, and rock). I haven't been to Chicago but I've heard it is good for jazz.
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