Twin Cities Music Media: Are We A Liability To Local Bands?

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  1. Reed Fischer says:

    Good article. Short reply here.

    A lot of the bands mentioned in your thoughts hooked up with good PR firms and/or labels that have a deeper interest in wide-scale touring and review placement outside the Twin Cities. If people voted in Picked to Click based strictly upon criteria like industry connections, cash flow, and marketable sound that matches a national demand, this would be a very different sort of poll.

    It’s unlikely that anyone sees a local music scene’s popularity contest as a problem for a band breaking out. Looking at 2011’s list, you have a mix of bands that already had the wheels in motion for attention outside the Twin Cities, and some that didn’t.

    What’s arguably good about the poll is that it’s a time capsule of what people are talking about, booking, and going to see locally at a given year. Anyone trying to turn it into a perfect forecast of what Twin Cities acts are going to take over the world (some may not even want to) will be disappointed.

  2. Zach McCormick says:

    As a young local musicician/wannabe rock journo I can emphatically say that the LAST thing we ought to be doing to combat our scene’s hype issue is to stop giving coverage to local bands once they achieve some semblance of recognition.

    There’s more than one way to build a fan base, after all. Sure, you have the Elite Gymnastics model of a band who slept through their first few local shows and then rode a commercially successful sound and hype-baiting web presence to national success, at least for now.

    Then, there’s the other model favored by the countless number of successful local bands that have built fairly profitable careers out of their slowly cultivated local followings. Doomtree and Trampled by Turtles slogged their way through the trenches to make it to the level that they are today, and I’d argue that this model is the more likely indicator of record sales/financial success. Props to EG for all they’ve earned, but I doubt I’ll see them sell out a 7-night stand at First Ave any time soon.

    That kind of success, the “old fashioned, pay your dues” kind of success is aided, in no small part, by the stellar music writing we have here in the TC. Not every one of our favorite local bands is going to make it big nationally, or even stay together until the next P2C, but if we can help even a few of ’em achieve the miracle that is earning a living on music, I’d call that a success.

  3. Sam says:

    R U calling Voytek a failure?

  4. Damien Tank says:

    “A lot of the bands mentioned in your thoughts hooked up with good PR firms and/or labels that have a deeper interest in wide-scale touring and review placement outside the Twin Cities…”

    That’s an excellent point. Many local bands are primarily planning on staying local bands. The Twin Cities have, I suppose, a thousand or so bands. Most of the folks in these bands have careers, families or other reasons that they can’t just drop what they’re doing and attempt a new path as a constantly-touring band.

    If you’re in a local band because it’s a really fun thing to do with your free time, then you’re trying to get write-ups in the local blogs and weeklies. Since you can’t tour all over the country to expand your market, it makes sense to expand your market at home by getting good, sustained press and radio support. Local music coverage is great for this, and if a band chooses to try to get bigger than its local market, they have a wealth of good quotes for their new publicist to work with.

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