If you’re serious about becoming a career musician then there are some obvious benefits to living in a major music metropolis. More people, more potential fans, more venues to play, more ways to connect with music industry folk.
For those still pondering the move, this will interest you. The hard working digital rockers, The Sexy Mathematics recently moved to Toronto, Canada’s largest music city. In the process the band changed members but not focus or direction. I was able to catch up with Chris, the main member, and ask him a few questions about his move.
What did you get ready before you left?
I realized once I moved to Toronto there would not immediately be a band for me to play with, however I still wanted to have a way to work on my music (career wise).
With this in mind I began recording a new Sexy Mathematics album starting the beginning of September (due spring/summer 2011) until just (a day) before I left…in fact we are still adding some finishing touches. This way I am able to work on getting the CD mastered, pressed and find a new band without really skipping a beat.
What are the benefits you’ve found living in a larger music metropolis?
Despite moving away from family and many of my best friends it has been somewhat liberating to break free from a lot of the distractions. So personally I found a peace of mind by moving to Toronto.
The main reason being there are just so many more people here. Due to there being more people there are other benefits including more media support, more venues, bigger audiences and several others. From a national standpoint Toronto… heavily influences the musical tastes of people around Canada (and beyond).
Also if you look at a lot of the emerging Canadian artists right now you can find a significant number of them are based out of Toronto which again speaks to the authenticity of the local scene and what it is producing.
Some interesting thoughts, especially about the whole peace of mind thing. It never occurred to me, but of course you would have less distractions moving away from your friends and family, leaving more time for music and making new connections.
So are you ready for a big move? It’s definitely not a light decision, but if done with the right planning, it could make your career.
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