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Old 03-12-2014, 11:01 PM
 
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Hey guys. I'm a 22 year old male from New York that has just finished music college and I'm trying to figure out where to move to.

I'm a freelance musician from NY and I perform and create ambient/experimental/IDM electronic music. I'm trying to figure out where I should move to now that I finally need to decide where to settle down. I'm mainly looking for a nice place that I can make a living in, ideally a place that has a demand and appreciation for art music and has other musicians I can relate to. Also a place appropriate for somebody my age as well as preferably predominantly consisting of blonde/redheaded women if that helps pin point a place.

I've got a dual citizenship (US & EU) and from what I've heard Canada isn't hard to work/live in if I really wanted to, so I can basically move to anywhere. I personally love what I've seen of Europe but I only visited as a tourist so I'm sure that could just be the "grass is always greener" in me talking. I don't really like NY very much, it is too expensive and I can't stand most of the people because of their aggravated attitudes and decadent personalities and lifestyles. I'm looking for a place with people that are more down to earth and sincerely nice. I guess that is why I prefer small towns/cities over big cities but I realize that to really live as a musician I'm going to have to live in a big city, especially as a young adult.

The current locations I am looking at are Nashville, Berlin, Miami, and Edinburgh. Nashville I hear is called "Music City" and apparently is a haven for musicians. However, I don't do anything close to country so I'm not sure I'd be accepted there. Berlin I hear is cheap and has electronic music everywhere, but they seem to only be into techno and deep house with little room for alternatives. Miami has a lot of lounges but I imagine the people to be pretty fake. I didn't mention London because it is way too expensive to live comfortably in.

I'd appreciate any and all help on this matter, I'm having a stressful time figuring this out on my own because I don't have much to go on and feel free to suggest places I have not mentioned with reasons why. Thank you!

P.S.: An example of the music I am into https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaWGnkaYXEA
Edit: Also dating is an important thing to me. In NY it seems to be more about career and casual hooking up, which I know is the case in most modern cities, but I feel NY is overkill in that department.

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Old 03-12-2014, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Consider Melbourne. We have a vibrant arts/music scene here and it's often ranked one of the most livable cities in the world. Usually I think those lists are pretty silly but Melbourne is an amazing city to live in, at least check it out when you can.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:36 PM
 
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Consider Melbourne. We have a vibrant arts/music scene here and it's often ranked one of the most livable cities in the world. Usually I think those lists are pretty silly but Melbourne is an amazing city to live in, at least check it out when you can.
Thank you for your response. I looked up a good bit on Melbourne, it sounds like a really nice place to live in. Is there a scene for experimental electronic music? And how is the dating/social scene in Melbourne?
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Detroit has an incredible EM scene. If you can afford NY, you can afford downtown Detroit. Yes, it's safe.
Don't discount it based on it's heavily distored reputation.
New Orleans is also a great place for musicians.
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Old 03-12-2014, 11:45 PM
 
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Detroit has an incredible EM scene. If you can afford NY, you can afford downtown Detroit. Yes, it's safe.
Don't discount it based on it's heavily distored reputation.
New Orleans is also a great place for musicians.
I will admit I have heard a lot of bad things about Detroit but I will look more into it. However, isn't the EM scene mostly just techno and house?
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Old 03-13-2014, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I will admit I have heard a lot of bad things about Detroit but I will look more into it. However, isn't the EM scene mostly just techno and house?

Ehhhhh....yeah, I guess. lol
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Isn´t Berlin the place to be for electronic music?
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Isn´t Berlin the place to be for electronic music?
Germany was always big on electronic music, Kraftwerk being the most famous of the many bands.

In the UK you had Brian Eno, Gray Newman and bands such as Depache Mode and the Human League in the 1980's.

In terms of Europe, I think Berlin is one of the more creative cities, whilst London is also a global centre in terms of music, but like NYC is expensive, whilst Manchester has a long history of musical innovation and creativity. It's also woth noting that Paris is investing heavily in a stunning new Centre for Music and very impressive new Concert Hall.

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Old 03-13-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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About Electro Music Berlin is still the European capital. But London, Bruxelles, Paris or Amsterdam have vibrant EM scenes too. But it could be harder in a city and easier in an other depending of the kind of EM you do. For example minimal is strong in Berlin but not so popular in Paris..
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Thank you for your response. I looked up a good bit on Melbourne, it sounds like a really nice place to live in. Is there a scene for experimental electronic music? And how is the dating/social scene in Melbourne?
Yeah I think so, I mean every genre seems well-represented here. Very artsy.etc and what not, vibrant scene and the government is supportive of local arts including music.

Hmmm, depends what you're looking for. Although it markets itself as being all cultural and sophisticated, I actually think Melburnians are fairly genuine and down to earth, although like anywhere else you have your snobs. It's a bit more 'cultured' and less rowdy than other capitals but of course it depends where you go.
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