No, You Don’t Have To Move For Your Bands To Get ‘Big’

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There is a prime market for literally everything out there in the world. From NASCAR in North Carolina to Hollywood for movie stars, almost anything and everything has a destination you must go to or be born in to be successful. The music industry is no different as different cities offer different things, Atlanta despite having bands like Attila, is more known for Hip Hop with many studios and labels along with rappers coming out of the city almost monthly. While somewhere like LA or Austin, TX seem to put out more of the heavier bands along with major festivals.

Our good friend Scott Waldman joins us again with his list of bands who have made it outside the major markets. To be honest, some of the bands have become even bigger than the bands who are from the hotbeds. Let’s take a look at his words he has for us this week!

NJ, MI, and FL:

You can live/move anywhere if you want to make it in music. However, the majority of the gatekeepers live/work in California, New York, and Tennessee, so much of what you hear comes from those three states. Here’s a list of 5 notable bands/acts from non-industry locales like New Jersey, Michigan, and Florida:

New Jersey –

1. My Chemical Romance
2. Midtown
3. Thursday
4. Senses Fail
5. Bruce Springsteen

Michigan –

1. The White Stripes
2. The Stooges
3. The Suicide Machines
4. We Came As Romans
5. I Prevail

Florida –

1. Underoath
2. Dashboard Confessional
3. New Found Glory
4. Copeland
5. Anberlin

“If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.” – Frank Sinatra

To echo Scott, I’ll throw in the state this writer resides in of South Carolina to name a few more to show this place some love:
1. Hootie And The Blowfish
2. Nile
3. Emery
4. Hundredth
5. Sent By Ravens (RIP)
6. Islander
7. Brigades
So don’t fret if you think you need to pick up your life and move across the country just to be successful. With the internet and social media, that is what really is the key now to get your band known and out there. Thanks again to Scott Waldman for his take on this week and for the topic!
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Since 2014, Trenton has been a journalist for Soundlink Magazine. He specializes in interviewing bands for both video and podcasting formats while writing various pieces.

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