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No_Representative_23 OP t1_j1qopaa wrote

Bc it’s closer but Seattle is where my heroes came out of


RagingLeonard t1_j1qpvoi wrote

Basing a move on where a music scene used to be is dangerous. How long ago are we talking? Early 90s Grunge? That scene is dead.

Scenes are born from specific sets of circumstances and there's not some sort of fairy dust sprinkled on an area. For example, Detroit was a flashpoint for R&B in the 60s, but imagine moving there to start a Motown-style group today?

If you're looking to plug into a scene, look at where contemporary bands are popping up and move there. Bonus if it's in a community that cares about artists and has a system in place to support their art.


No_Representative_23 OP t1_j1qqipa wrote

I know but I’m reading I hear there’s a good scene there now not like the 90s but it good


Zalenka t1_j1qrsse wrote

Living in Seattle will be a huge wakeup call to capitalism. I once went to a farmer's market with $15 for lunch and everything was more expensive than that.

Literally any apartment is $1500/mo, so it is onerous. Maybe that's everywhere now though.


No_Comfortable6029 t1_j1qpx6q wrote

your heroes also got famous before everything was at the tip of our fingers at the click of a button. focus more on the product and market the shit out of yourself


No_Representative_23 OP t1_j1qqlzf wrote

But out of those two what would be better


No_Comfortable6029 t1_j1qrbef wrote

Portland is probably more "Seattle" than Seattle is these days. I moved from Texas five years ago because the writing was already on the wall for the direction it was headed. With that said, Austin is still one of the best cities for live music so it depends on what you are seeking. New Orleans might be the only music city that stays true to its roots, all other local genres/trends come and go with the times.


Sweet_Bang_Tube t1_j1s4p0h wrote

Austin is too expensive for musicians now. It has been for several years.

Source: have lived in Austin for over 40 years.


No_Comfortable6029 t1_j1s6fj4 wrote

for living or for playing? I think there are still plenty of venues to play. Whether it is profitable to tour as a musician is a different conversation


Sweet_Bang_Tube t1_j1s6o9z wrote

For living and playing in the city they live in.


No_Comfortable6029 t1_j1s6ufz wrote

but a 45-60 min drive is normal for just about anyone who lives in Texas and there are plenty of affordable suburbs outside Austin


Sweet_Bang_Tube t1_j1s7mam wrote

I guess you'll need to define "affordable", since that's a bit different for everyone. 45-60 min was never a normal drive for me, in Austin. Maybe in Houston. I just bought a house here this year and it was anything but affordable. The suburbs, like Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Buda, Kyle, Lakeway, Manor, Elgin, Lago Vista, Tyler Georgetown, Jonestown, Leander Hutto, are all in the $400K range now. That isn't affordable to most musicians like the OP who are young and just trying to start out.


No_Comfortable6029 t1_j1s8127 wrote

I get what you are saying but OP prob isn't looking to buy a house yet either. There are apartments and I have plenty of former friends in what I'm guessing is a similar financial situation that have managed to get by; even living in Austin proper.

Edit: are you sure you have lived there for 40 years? lol You could spend 45 mins in Austin traffic alone


Sweet_Bang_Tube t1_j1s8zvf wrote

Yes, I'm sure I was born and raised here. Maybe that is a normal amount of traffic to be in now, but that only started being an issue about 5-8 years ago, when so many people really start migrating here. It was too much, too quickly.

Apartments are not any cheaper, unless you share with multiple people and don't own a car. I'm not sure if saying you have "former friends" who you are "guessing" are in similar financial situations is a good supporting statement to make.

But it makes no difference to me either way. People can show to here themselves and see what it is like.


No_Comfortable6029 t1_j1s9wdp wrote

Hah is it because I'm not still friends with them? Not sure why having friends (or former) who have tried to do the same thing is not a good supporting statement. Agreed, your lifestyle ain't gonna cut it as an up and coming musician but not everyone in Austin is living the high life either. Also, I think your memory is a bit short if you think traffic only got worse in the last 5-8 years.