St. Louis: Here's How to Improve Your Music Scene, According to You

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When we started the Fill in the Blank interview series back in June of this year, our mission was to track down local creatives and give them a simple platform to speak. We provided open-ended questions, encouraging local musicians to rant or rave on the subject at hand.

RFT Music would start a sentence and task the interviewee to end it. When presenting the phrase "The St. Louis music scene could use..." we received some heavy responses. While few seemed content with the usual goings-on of St. Louis music, many were vocal about certain changes.

After combing through the answers from six months-worth of interviews, five basic notions were agreed upon: Local Support, Unity, Diversity, Effort and Appreciation Read on, because this advice rings true for many bands, venues, booking agents and music fans alike, regardless of genre or personal preference.

Local Support

The Brothers Lazaroff:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more wide-spread support of original local music. There is a strong strong core of support for local music - between the RFT, KDHX, Arch City Radio Hour, Eleven Magazine, STL Magazine, STL Post and great local blogs like I Went To A Show and Jarred Gastreich's Show Me Shows, there are a lot of great outlets for local bands to spread their music. But until there is more of a "support original local music ethos" in the city and suburbs at large it'll be hard for local bands to maintain momentum and play regularly in St. Louis. Maybe more happy hour and early evening weekday shows would help?

Ultimately, people have to realize that it is worth the energy of getting off the couch for a night and taking in some original music/art. I guess we all fight that inertia though! St. Louis is major music city in respects to our history and talent, but we aren't a music industry town so we have to find a way to create a larger base of concert goers."

Nicholas Horn (guitar) of Brotherfather:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more fans. I don't really know how to make that happen, though. It seems like the bottom line is that St. Louis is a place that's largely dominated by mass culture, and the majority of people aren't interested in hearing much of anything other than what Clear Channel's offering. Luckily, there is a small community of people in town who are very much interested in fostering creative activity, supporting artists in all kinds of different media, and generally making St. Louis a more vibrant, interesting place."

Langen Neubacher of The Defeated County:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more folks that aren't directly involved in the business following the local music here. The St. Louis music scene is all love love love between the musicians and venues and artists involved -- it's beautiful, but I genuinely believe we've got some local talent that could compete with the best of national acts. We need more people outside of our circles to hear us."

Lyndsey Rawley (drums) of the Glass Cavalry:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "some more credit! There are tons of bands in the STL music scene that are amazing and people need to realize that and go to see their shows instead of just writing off the local music scene."


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