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


Unity

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Mabel Suen
Animal Teeth at CBGB on Grand.

Austin (vocals) of Animal Teeth:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more unity. It sounds cheesy but you do not see the same people at a punk show that you would see at a noise show. Give or take they differ in sound but one should understand that we are all weirdos and should maybe collaborate on shows."

Jordan Lake (guitar) of Heavy Horse:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more unity. Sometimes, it feels like there are multiple St. Louis scenes. I want more a family-like feel across the board."

Diversity

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Mabel Suen
The Funs at Blank Space on Cherokee.

Philip of The Funs:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more diverse shows. I feel like more people would attend if them if they were more interesting. I'm not hating on anything but it seems bleak at the moment. It needs new blood. Suburb kids with a clean slate."

Jessee Rose of The Funs:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more of an open door to outsiders to the scene. Fresh meat. It needs the next generation. And different bands from other cities. I have met countless bands on the road that get excited when they find out I grew up in St. Louis. They say, "Oh cool! We really want to play there but can't get on a show. Can you help us out?" And honestly I can't 'cause there isn't enough support and it's a damn shame because you need those underdog out-of-towners to make it to St. Louis and have a good show in order to breathe life into a scene. You must have diversity or die. What I wish more than anything for St. Louis music is for there to be more shows that aren't hardcore/metal, blues/country, or noise. That is what is dominating the scene and it is stagnant. I want straight rock and roll. Where are the young punks and artists that have something to say? It's also a big goal of mine to get the blood flowing between Chicago and Saint Louis because I divide my time between both cities and I am surprised there isn't more of an exchange between the scenes."

Mr. Ben of Beauty Pageant:
The St. Louis music scene could use... "more self-confidence, especially when it comes to weirdness. There's obsession with paying tribute to indigenous folk music from half a century ago, which the RFT oozes orgasmic love for. I'd rather see more creeps lurking in the corner wielding contact mics, prepared to make utterly uncomfortable noises. Because it's okay, goddammit, to make those noises. You can get away with it here! It's cheap and easy! Maybe we could use a more flexible critical standard, or another beer."



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Steve Severino
Steve Severino

A better music festival like Lollapalooza or Kanrocksas

Daniel Drake
Daniel Drake

You can't get paid until you've kicked lots of ass But yeah there's plenty of thriving genres that don't intermingle. I wanna see more bills with local hip hop, pop rock, psychobilly grunge stand up comedy etcetera. We aren't that big of a town and there's no reason we don't all know each other by now

David Maness
David Maness

Also. If you're concerned about money then you're in the wrong field of life. I've seen bands pass on great opportunities to get their name out/rock out to people that want to see live music because theyre concerned about getting paid.

David Maness
David Maness

Less drinking and more watching. Even though they often times go hand in hand. Its good and bad but a lot of shows are more social events rather than music loving/watching events. The "dit" scene knows what's up like skeletal lightning fest in champagne Illinois and dither diy the documentary. They've formed a national clique and the support is amazing. Easy to tour and everyone watches every move of any out of town band.

Spencer Phillips
Spencer Phillips

Only click I know is the sound it makes when I plug my god damn guitar in...

Ellen Cook
Ellen Cook

We also need more dancers. I'm sick of seeing people posted at shows with their fucking hands in their pockets.

Ellen Cook
Ellen Cook

And Scott, I've seen more and more press about locals bands. Most of it wasn't folk. I'm not folk.

Ellen Cook
Ellen Cook

Less lists and more genuine reviews.

Scott Haskenhoff
Scott Haskenhoff

For the RFT to stop covering music. They don't know shit about it. Mr. Ben said it best in the article "There's obsession with paying tribute to indigenous folk music from half a century ago, which the RFT oozes orgasmic love for."

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Need a public space with music festival infrastructure. CityArchRiver plan is not going to be much of a public benefit, that's a shame. Forest Park is alright, but too far removed and obviously the city can't make sure vehicles are relatively safe during a two day event. Imagine a festival that you go to during the day, then in the evening smaller more intimate acts play at venues all over town. That is how many cities are doing it, like THE FORECASTLE FESTIVAL in Louisville or Telluride Festivals

Jay Ejh
Jay Ejh

A heavy metal weekend festival (outdoor)!!!

Neil Ghanti
Neil Ghanti

More eclectic music festivals that feature local talent. Maybe set up the festival in a popular place like forest park or tower grove park. Lou fest is a waste of a festival in our city because they bring in national acts but none of them are much better, if at all, than what the city has to offer. I think it's cool the city is trying to do create something like lollapalooza is to Chicago because it is better than nothing but instead of trying to model our festival after so many better and long standing ones, lets take a book out if New Orleans page and do something similar to their jazz and heritage festival. Keep the name Lou fest but feature the LOU. 4 stages that could either vary in genre or be genre based stages. Could have a blues/soul stage, a bluegrass/folk stage, a jam/reggae stage, a metal stage, a hip hop stage.. etc. Maybe a national/regional act or 2 for each genre to help with promoting. As long as the core is local talent, it will help get more bands out there and get people hip to what they are all about. It will also give St. Louis something positive to take pride in. Just a thought..

Kody Sullinger
Kody Sullinger

It really needs heart the scene has fell to the way side in the past 5 years... I hate to say it, I played for the past few years in the night clubs and hole in the walls, honestly there were only a handful of bands out of the 100 or so we played with that were really worth a damn and worked hard at the craft. I like metal but seriously there is only so much a city can take....

Bryan Carnes
Bryan Carnes

Van Halen and the red rocker! either together or separately!

RC Hunt
RC Hunt

More Metal \m/ Antagonist \m/ in 2014!!!

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Legitimate tours that stopped here instead of Bret Michaels and Sick Puppies 8 times a year.

Larry Cox
Larry Cox

The St Louis new British arrival Mark Palmer and his new band coming in 2014. And yes it's rockin!

Rip DiGiorno
Rip DiGiorno

This sounds like a lot of whining to me. Maybe we just need some better bands? Of course there aren't enough "fans" when the music is mediocre.

tefpoebookings
tefpoebookings

including the hip hop guys, and other genre's that you're probably not a fan of in the conversation might also help....coughs coughs...coughs ..diversity right?

justinlpoole
justinlpoole

There is only one thing that will improve the Saint Louis Music Scene. More fans. When someone figures that shit out we'll all be fine. We have the venues, we have talented and original bands of every genre of music, we have blogs, photographers, bookers and promoters all trying their fucking asses off to put on entertaining shows. Now where the fuck do we find the fans?

JosephHess
JosephHess

@tefpoebookingsAre you insinuating that I'm not a fan of hip-hop or that I only cover music that I'm a fan of? Because neither is true. What I cover as a music writer is based on what I feel merits attention, regardless of genre or my personal preference. 

Artists who identify as hip-hop were asked this question and either dodged it or didn't have something positive to say. Granted, I didn't go out and ask every hip-hop artist the same question, but I didn't do the same for folk, funk, punk, rock, metal, blues, jazz or noise communities either. The only favoritism I played here was in the content of the comment. Was the comment insightful, helpful or positive? If so, I included it.

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