I was speaking with my good friend Jack Shenker recently about a sad, but true fact about the music scene in Boston. (Oh, by the way. Jack recently arranged, performed, and recorded a SWEET rendetion of The Mario Theme and made a video, too.)
Our mutual friend, Alvaro Kapaz, is in a great up and coming rock band in Boston: The Adam Lasher Band. They put on a good live show and it seems that anywhere else, they would be attracting BIG crowds. They have a hard time getting 25 people to come to their shows though. This seems counter intuitive; Boston is filled with more college-aged people than any other city in the US. That is the exact demographic that goes to concerts most. On the other hand, there are more musicians per capita in Boston than any other city...
Maybe they aren't marketing themselves correctly, but it seems to me--and Jack agrees--that musicians in Boston are not supporting each other. When most of your friends are musicians, wouldn't it make sense that more of them would want to go out to see a good show than a group of mostly non-musicians?
This would be the case if all of your musician friends weren't so self-involved... but they are.
THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE MUSICIANS OF BOSTON:
START CARING ABOUT EACH OTHER.
SUPPORT YOUR PEERS.
ATTEND OTHER'S SHOWS AND THEY WILL ATTEND YOURS.
WORK TOGETHER: PLAY SHOWS AND PROMOTE TOGETHER.
SHARE EMAIL LISTS: IF THERE'S ANOTHER BAND YOU THINK YOUR FANS WILL LIKE, EMAIL YOUR FANS AND LET THEM KNOW ABOUT THEM.
It will take more than just making good music, of which there is plenty, to start being successful. (And I no longer buy the pleas and cries of others about how there's no good music these days. There is plenty. Lots and lots and lots.) But most importantly: if we don't care about each other, how can we expect non-musicians to care about Music, too?