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Re: “Is the Pittsburgh music scene going gray?

The revolution WILL NOT BE TELEVISED. If you are looking for a big label, a network or even the City Paper to hand deliver you a scene it will never happen. There is scene all over this city. Every nook and cranny of this city has bands and groups that are home town heros, and they are influencing the kids to pick up a guitar and/or mic. This is truely apparent in the rap/ hip hop comunity. These guys live for thier music and are willing and able to jump on stage at a moments notice. I lived in differnt areas of this country and have heard people say the same things, "this city sucks" or "no body comes to shows". It all goes back to the old adage if you can't make it in your own town you will never survive a national scene. A sussess of an act requires a lot more than good music. It needs Marketing, exposeure, playing every show avaialbe. Making fans on a personal level and building your base one fan at a time. Flyers and internet are esental tools to this endevore. I guess the quesition in not where is the scene, butare you willing to work enough to deserve the attention of the scene. I have played in several bands, and have found that once you get out and start playing, one show leads to another, you have got to get out and be involved. Every conversation can leadd to a fan or a gig. It's a life style, not a hobbie. So back t the piont, Music happens in the back rooms of the places you don't know exist, you will not get an personal invintation to the next big thing. To make a scene bigger requires the support of what exists. The bands or clubs will never be abl to grow to the next level without success at the local level. Music is a business and if the bar doesn't make money, the band will not coming back anytime soon. So it all goes back to you need to work at the business end of your band. Find you niche, and knock there socks off, I know I have. Peace, Dr.Espling

Posted by Dr.Espling on 06/19/2007 at 7:51 AM

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