Will: With the Atlanta music scene, theres a lot of swapping out. Its kind of an unspoken thing that if I go out to see your band, youll come out to see my band. Thats definitely changed. Theres less musicians supporting other musicians. Atlanta is more of an incestuous music community. It keeps itself afloat, because you have guys in other bands coming to see you and then their friends come out. It adds up. As a whole, this city doesnt support local musicians as much as they should. This is going to compound things.
Cisco: Ive been playing for five years. Now you have to use your muscles rather than your talent to make a living. Ive pawned some guitars. But I still have what I need to perform. Clubs gives you less gigs. Before, you used to play twice a month in every venue. Now its once a month. But you never give up. You can ask any musician here and thats all we talk about now. Now its, "Can you lend me your cable? Hey, do you have an E-string, because I ran out?" Its never been easy, but its never been this hard.
Leah: The economy is creating sort of a realistic stress thats making people really want to localize. Its bringing people out more so theres a little bit more camaraderie and support around us. Shows are really full. People are taking that economic stress and realizing they have to funnel that energy and go listen to some music. Local bands are really having a strong and powerful impact. There is that need to connect, and that happens through music. So the music is actually thriving and working as a voice. And the audience is more passionate because they need it.
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Funny and interesting. Thanks.
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